"Gamers who pre-order save $10 on the purchase price and $4 on the monthly subscription fee," says Alan Chipura, Lead Game Designer.
If those who pre-order Irth Online choose the option of paying in advance for three months of subscription fees, they will receive an additional, fourth month for free. This offer will not be available after Irth Online is launched.
Magic Hat Software will offer both digital distribution and physical distribution options. Gamers with a high speed Internet connection may purchase an Irth Online access key to play the game online, and gamers using a dial-up connection may purchase the game either on CD-ROM (two disc set) or on a DVD (disc versions will not be sold at retail stores and may be purchased only on the Irth Online official game site). Each of the three purchase options ^Ö online, CD-ROM, or DVD ^Ö is priced at $19.95 as part of the Pre-Launch Special Offer. After the game is launched, the same three purchase options will be available at $29.95 each.
Pre-orders must be placed online after 12:01 AM (EDT) on Saturday, October 15, and before 11:59 PM (EST) on October 31, 2005, the day before the launch. The Pre-Launch Special Offer allows customers to access the full game at 3:00 PM (EDT) on Sunday, October 30, 2005, two days before the official launch.
Once Irth Online is released on November 1, 2005, all pre-launch offers cease, and the title will be available only at the $29.95 price, and the monthly subscription fee will be $13.95.