Titanfall, one of the major "exclusives" for the Xbox One, finally has a concrete release date. Developer Respawn Entertainment announced today that the game is coming out on March 11, 2014 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. Titanfall had a pretty strong run for the 2013 game convention season, netting some rave previews. It was good enough that USgamer's own Jeremy Parish was shocked about how much he liked it.
Alongside the standard edition, Respawn and EA are also offering a Collector's Edition. A very pricey Collector's Edition. The special version includes an 18-inch Atlas titan statue, a full-sized art book, an exclusive schematic poster, and the game, all for the cool MSRP of $249.99.
Now this isn't the most expensive Special Edition of all-time. That title goes to the Saints Row IV: Wad Wad Edition, which included a Virgin Galactic Space flight, full-sized DubStep gun replica, a hostage rescue experience, plastic surgery, a spy training day, seven nights at the top royal suite at the Burj-Al-Arba hotel in Dubai, a Lamborghini Gallardo, and more for only $1 million. The Wad Wad Edition was most likely a marketing stunt, but it's impressive Deep Silver and Volition put such an insane offer out there.
There are other special editions that have hit and surpassed the $250 asking price for the Titanfall Collector's Edition. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, from the now-dead 38 Studios, had the Signature Edition for $275, which included 12-inch troll figure, a dice set, 40 cards, and a custom sketch by Todd McFarlane. Capcom has the Resident Evil Revelations Unveiled Editions, which both come with a US Agency Watch styled after the game's BSAA group. Both sets are still available on Capcom's web store in Japan for 42,000 yen ($428) and 39,900 yen ($406).
Or what about the Resident Evil 6 Leather Jacket Edition which came with a - you guessed it - leather jacket designed to look like Leon Kennedy's jacket in the game. That edition was only available in Japan and Europe; it retailed for £899 in the UK, bringing the price to around $1,459. Crazy expensive.
When I think of special editions, I picture the sad shelves in Best Buy where oversized Collector's and Limited Editions go to die. Or the top shelves in your local GameStop, where that last, lingering copy of the Halo 3 Legendary Edition sits, Spartan cat helmet untouched by sunlight. I have a few special editions myself - I dig metal cases if they remain the same size as average disc cases - but for the most part I tend to avoid them.
So what special editions have you sought out and which ones have you avoided?