As a rule, for most players, collector’s editions of their favorite titles cause great curiosity, but not at all the desire to spend a few extra hundred dollars. Developers understand this, and primarily use such releases as additional advertising. The more interesting the contents of special editions, the more attention from the players to the original title. Some studios have decided to make good use of this rule.
Resident Evil 6: Premium Edition (2012)
Fans of the Resident Evil series have been waiting for the sixth installment in the first place because it brings back the franchise’s most beloved character, Leon Kennedy.
On this occasion, Capcom launched the sale of the premium edition of the game through a special website and only within Japan. The Premium Edition cost approximately $700 and invited fans of the series to feel like Leon by wearing his signature leather jacket, which the hero wears in the sixth installment.
When purchasing the game, it was possible to choose one of four sizes, and in addition, get four cases for smartphones with the symbols of the main characters of the game.
The Beatles: Rock Band Limited Edition Premium Bundle (2009)
The third game in the Rock Band series turned out to be entirely devoted to The Beatles, and its release was timed to coincide with the release of remastered versions of the band’s albums in 2009.
This time, the instruments that came with the limited version of the game mimic those used by the members of the legendary band at the height of their fame. Paul McCartney’s Höfner 500/1 bass guitar and Ringo Star’s Ludwig-Musser drum set attracted players more than the standard Rock Band instruments.
Of course, the band’s name was a deciding factor in the sale of the title, along with a fairly large library of The Beatles’ songs. Going forward, Harmonix Music System will use this formula once again with the release of Green Day: Rock Band in 2010.
Grid 2: Mono Edition (2013)
No one will be surprised if he comes to the store for a game console and receives several hit titles as a gift. It’s different when you buy a game and you get a PlayStation 3 with it… and a race car.
British developer Codemasters has unveiled a special edition of the racing sim Grid 2, which included a racing helmet and suit, a PS3, and a real BAC Mono single-seat sports car from the Briggs Automotive Company.
BAC Mono accelerates to 100 km / h in 2.8 seconds, and in general is able to reach the mark of 274 km / h.
Of course, the whole thing cost a considerable $180,000, and was presented in a single copy. The owner was an ardent lover of video games and sports cars, musician Deadmau5.
Dying Light: My Apocalypse Edition (2015)
For those players who find themselves thinking that after countless hours spent playing Dying Light, they can easily survive the settlement of the Earth by the dead, the developers from Techland have released My Apocalypse Edition.
This edition contains everything you need to prepare for the zombie apocalypse. For an insane $386,000, in addition to nice prizes like Razer Tiamat headphones and four copies of the game, you get a real zombie hideout built by Tiger Log Cabins. To successfully maneuver through the streets of the post-apocalyptic city in search of supplies, you will be sent to take a special course in parkour, and in order not to get lost at night, branded night vision goggles will appear in your backpack. In addition, you will find a life-size figure of The Elusive, a batch of adult diapers, and a tour of the Techland office.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves — Fortune Hunter Edition (2009)
The uniqueness of this edition is not in valuable prizes, but in the fact that only 200 copies of the Fortune Hunter Edition were released. Moreover, only those lucky ones who played the demo version of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves at a certain time could receive the edition.
In addition to the game itself, Fortune Hunter Edition owners can boast not only a huge art book, but also a replica of the Phurbu dagger.
The limited Fortune Hunter Edition has done its job, and now you can’t expect to get a rare edition of one of the best games in the industry for less than $6,800.
Tekken 6: Wireless Arcade Stick Bundle (2009)
The left hand holds the stick, the right hand hits the buttons. This system, although it seems uncomfortable, creates a unique atmosphere, especially when it comes to fighting games. Namco has released a special edition of its most famous fighting game, Tekken, for those who miss their time at the arcade.
Especially for Tekken 6, the Japanese company Hori has developed a wireless controller that mimics the control of arcade machines. Here we see an example of a practical collector’s edition, buying which you get not only a souvenir, but also a new experience.
Other games such as Tekken Hybrid for the PS3, Mortal Kombat Tournament Edition, and BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger for the Xbox360, also developed by Hori, also boast arcade controller versions.
Elemental Gearbolt Assassin Case (1998)
This seems to be the first time that a special edition of a game ended up being more famous than the original title. Released in 1997 on the first PlayStation, Elemental Gearbolt was a shooter game that had to be played with a light gun.
Special suitcases called the Assassin Case, which contained a golden GunCon light gun, were given away as prizes to the winners of a contest by Working Designes, who were localizing the game in North America. Since then, almost nothing is known about Assassin Case. In total there are 50 copies of the edition, which every collector of the world of video games now dreams of getting.
Steel Battalion (2002)
It is difficult to call Steel Battalion for Xbox a collector’s edition, given that the game was not released in any other form. The title is a mecha simulation game in which the player controls a huge walker using an optional $200 set of controllers, consisting of several pedals and joysticks.
Given the complexity of the controls, which included several dozen buttons, Steel Battalion quickly turned from entertainment into a real special course in driving a giant tank.
On the one hand, the title looked like a dubious undertaking for most players, but on the other hand, it became a kind of dream come true for hardcore mecha fans … or at least the first step in this direction.
Resident Evil Revelations: Premium Edition (2013)
Another deluxe special edition from Capcom, this time for Resident Evil Revelations, timed to coincide with the release of the game on the seventh generation of consoles.
The most expensive of the three Premium Edition options, in addition to the game itself and the soundtrack, includes a BSAA (Resident Evil Counter-Bioterrorism Alliance) wristwatch from US Agency, responsible for supplying watches to US law enforcement agencies, and a BSAA agent badge in a case made of real skin. Interestingly, if a customer ordered an edition without a watch, the price of the Premium Edition dropped from $467 to $80.
Duke Nukem Forever: Fully Loaded Package и Crysis 2: Maximum Graphics Edition (2011)
It would seem that what can unite Duke Nukem Forever and Crysis 2 except, perhaps, the fundamental canons of shooters? As it turned out, these games are linked by cooperation with EVGA, which manufactures video cards and motherboards.
Imagine that you buy a “heavy” Crysis 2, and the kit comes with the necessary hardware for it. Such a practical idea of advertising came to the mind of EVGA employees, and the company was able to agree on two publications at once.
First came the release of the Maximum Graphics Edition, which includes the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti graphics card. Then, three months later, the Fully Loaded Package came out, which included the standard artbook, mouse pad, and EVGA GeForce GTX 560. Both editions were available for up to $300 each.
Fallout 3: Exclusive Survival Edition (2008)
In theory, Bethesda shouldn’t have had a problem building one of the most memorable collector’s editions of video games, given the unique aesthetic of the Fallout series. However, fans were a bit disappointed with the Exclusive Survival Edition. The publication, of course, pleased with nice souvenirs referring to the world of the series, such as a Vault Boy figure or a stylized lunch box, but the public wanted something more. Maybe the problem was realizing that in real life the Pip-Boy 3000 is just an uncomfortable wristwatch.
Titanfall 2: Vanguard Collector’s Edition (2016)
Many cosplayers were disappointed to learn that the Master Chief’s helmet that came with Halo 3: Legendary Edition could only be put on a shelf. However, when they bought the Vanguard Collector’s Edition, they were pleasantly surprised, because the Vanguard Titan Pilot’s Helmet is not only a masterpiece of gaming merchandise, but also easily put on the head. Moreover, the helmet comes with a scarf and an 8 GB flash drive, not to mention other nice little things.
Saints Row IV: Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition (2013)
It’s still not clear if this was a hoax or not, but in 2013, Deep Silver swore they weren’t trying to trick players into buying the Saints Row IV Collector’s Edition for one million dollars.
Someone believes that in this way the developers laughed at the industry’s tendency to release expensive editions of games. Others say that the price was deliberately inflated so that there were no buyers, because the contents of the Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition were valued at only $600,000.
In any case, the buyer was guaranteed the following:
- Saints Row IV: Commander in Chief Edition;
- Full-size replica of the Dubstep Gun;
- Spy training course;
- Flight into space from Virgin Galactic;
- Annual membership to the E25 Super Car Club and Lamborghini Gallardo;
- Plastic surgery of choice;
- Shopping with your personal consultant;
- One week stay at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington;
- Participation in staged release of hostages;
- New Toyota Prius;
- A week of accommodation in the best room of the Burj-al-arab hotel and payment for the first class flight.
As in the case of rare cartridges, collectors look at special editions of video games only after years. Now, to satisfy their curiosity, players will only have to watch the unboxing on Youtube. But, one way or another, the “correct” collectible creates additional excitement around the game, and more is not required from it.