BioWare has taken the wraps off the Mass Effect 3 Collector's Edition, "the definitive edition" for serious Mass Effect fans.
Nothing says "die-hard videogame fan" like a penchant for collector's editions. While the rest of you are out there just playing your games, those of us who take this business seriously are stocking our shelves with metal boxes, art books, soundtracks and exclusive content that less-discriminating consumers will have to wait literally days to get. Days! And so it is with Mass Effect 3, which BioWare has revealed will be available in both a standard, "I'm not a real fan" edition and a super-ultra N7 Collector's Edition, "the ultimate Mass Effect 3 experience!"
What do you get for your money? Nothing less than a 70-page hardbound art book, a limited edition Dark Horse comic, a "premium fabric" N7 patch, a 4x6 lithograph print with unique artwork [didn't we used to call those postcards?], a soundtrack, forum avatars and social badges, all wrapped up in a premium metal case emblazoned with commemorative image of a lean, mean Commander Shepard fighting machine!
And let's not forget all the hot in-game content! The N7 Arsenal Pack will add the N7 sniper rifle, shotgun, SMG and pistol to the game, which by all rights should be significantly less effective than the high-end heavy hitters you're packing at the end of Mass Effect 2, while Commander Shepard will get his own unique N7 Hoodie to wear on SR-2 casual Fridays. The rest of the squad will have their own alternate outfits as well, and rounding things out will be a faithful new sidekick in the form of a robotic dog.
That's right, a robotic dog.
And how much will all this awesomeness [plus the robotic dog] set you back? Amazon has the CE listed at $79.99, versus $59.99 for the standard edition. Okay then, where do I put my money?
Mass Effect 3 is scheduled for release on March 6, 2012.