Activision and Infinity Ward have officially confirmed what many fans had already suspected: that there will be no Prestige edition release for this year's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, out November 8. The confirmation came from IW creative strategist Robert Bowling in an update on Twitter.
Call of Duty releases in recent years have typically come in three flavors: the standard "just the game" edition, a features-packed Hardened Edition and a the more elaborate Prestige Edition, which generally includes some kind of military-themed toy, like night vision goggles, in addition to all of the Hardened bonuses. The prices usually break down to $60, $80 and $150, respectively.
This year's CoD: MW3 Hardened Edition kicks the price up to $100, with a free one-year subscription to Call of Duty Elite (a $50 value) being the highlight of the included bonuses. Those who attended Call of Duty XP earlier this month received the Hardened Edition for free (to be mailed when the game is released). It was a $150 ticket too, so that's your Prestige Edition right there.
There are also branded controls, headsets, a full-blown customized Xbox 360 console and a Jeep coming, so there will be plenty of ways for fans to spend large amounts of money as they show their love for the series