This might be the most ridiculous limited edition pack-in to date, but the "Prestige Edition" of Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will pack in a functioning pair of night-vision goggles and a model of Soap McTavish's head to mount them on when not in use. What?! You can watch IW's community manager Robert Bowling unbox the insanity in this video:
Additionally, this confirms the existence of the "Hardened Edition" ($80), which comes in a metal case like the Gears of War 2 and Resident Evil 5 special editions and will include a code to download the original Call of Duty, which will be re-released on XBLA and PSN.
The "Prestige Edition" will retail for $149 and the Call of Duty re-release will include full multiplayer on both XBLA and PSN. At least the goggles work and they aren't sized to only fit on cats. I'm looking at you, Halo 3 Legendary Edition Spartan Helmet.
This raises the bar for collector's editions. What will other games be forced to include at this point?
Here are some suggestions for upcoming games and how they can one-up Modern Warfare 2:
- Halo 3: ODST Orbital Edition - Ships with a full-scale orbital drop pod replica with a TV and space for the Xbox 360. This way, the player can play ODST while inside.
- Left 4 Dead 2 Infected Edition - Ships with a remote-controlled Tank zombie with car-throwing action!
- Metal Gear Solid: Rising Ninja Edition - Includes a full-scale replica of Raiden's cybernetic ninja sword.
- Final Fantasy XIII Time-Lapse Edition - Comes with a special DVD (Blu-Ray for the PS3 version) that just shows time-lapse photography of the Square-Enix office throughout the lengthy development of the game.
It's your turn. What crazy special editions can you think up? Also, are you biting on the $150 bullet for the "Prestige Edition"?