Initiate the time paradox.
The original Steins;Gate is a time-warping visual novel-style game that launched in Japan in 2009 before coming to the rest of the world in English in the following years. Since then, it’s gotten a full anime adaptation and gathered something of a cult following. Soon, publisher Spike Chunsoft will release a new souped-up version that includes scenes from all 24 episodes of the anime, plus brand-new animations for the game’s numerous endings. It’s called Steins;Gate Elite, and its release date is February 19 for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
You might be planning to pick up Steins;Gate Elite regardless of whether you played the original game or watched the anime. If so, you’ll want to know about what comes in the various editions, what preorder bonuses are available, where you can buy it, and how much it costs. Read on for answers to all of these questions.
Steins;Gate Elite Preorder Bonuses
The preorder bonus you get with Steins;Gate Elite depends on the platform you buy it on.
Switch preorders come with 8-Bit ADV Steins;Gate, a retro-style adventure game that lets you “play as Okabe and explore an 8-bit version of Akihabara.”
Preorder Steins;Gate Elite on PS4, and you’ll receive Steins;Gate: Linear Bounded Phenogram, a spinoff visual novel that contains a collection of 10 new side stories based on characters from the original game.
Where to Buy Stein;Gate Elite Standard Edition
The standard edition of Steins;Gate Elite retails for $59.99 and comes with the base game as well as the applicable preorder bonus. Amazon has the lowest price on the physical version at the time of the writing; it costs $56.14 when you clip the coupon on the site. The Nintendo eShop has the digital version for $53.99.
Where to Buy Stein;Gate Elite Limited Edition
The limited edition of Steins;Gate Elite costs $89.99 and comes with the base game and preorder bonus, as well as the following items:
- Cloth poster
- Hardcover storyboard collection (118 pages)
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