.. I'm still somewhat confused here...

EB supposedly has a pre-order for the Collector's edition of Factions available for sale online: http://www.ebgames.com/ebx/product/261176.asp

However, it says "Pre-order: Ships on 4/27/06". Does this mean it won't actually ship until the day before release? That would suck, since it could be who knows how long until it actually arrives (long after release, in any case).

So, does the pre-order disk contain a key to "tide you over" until the actual media arrives? Since it's downloadable, that would be ok, but I haven't seen anything to indicate that's the case.

But if so, then do you not get your on-game collector's edition "goodies" until your actual order arrives or are there different pre-orders for regular and collectors?