European Final Fantasy fans, rejoice: There will be a confirmed Limited Edition of the upcoming Final Fantasy XIII, and it will be really, really cool.
These days, it almost seems rarer for a big-name title to not get a Collector's Edition release than the other way around, so the news that Final Fantasy fanatics will be able to pick up a super-duper special edition when it comes out this March shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. Still, it's always nice to have official word: After briefly appearing on the Gamestop Italy site earlier this week, the existence of a Final Fantasy XIII Limited Edition has been confirmed by Square-Enix - at least, its European release has, anyway.
The special release will set you back €79.98 (£70.07, $112.99), which is certainly a fair chunk of change for a videogame - it's no CoD MewTwo Prestige Edition, sure, but it's definitely not inexpensive. Still, one could argue that you get your money's worth, as the Final Fantasy XIII Limited Collector's Edition will include:
-Final Fantasy XIII (natch)
-Final Fantasy XIII Original Sound Selection (A selection of songs from the game chosen by composer Masashi Hamauzu)
-The World of Final Fantasy XIII (A hardcover art book featuring "character artwork, CG rendered artwork and environments from across the game's production")
-Exclusive Art Prints (Three pieces depicting the various Eidolons - that is, the summoned monsters - that the protagonists use in combat)
-Unique 'Brand of the l'Cie' Decal (a
collectible decal featuring the most iconic symbol from the game's storyline")
And, of course, it'll all come packaged in a special box for you to put on your shelf and admire lovingly. I have to admit, I'm a huge sucker for art books, so the fact that this edition includes a hardcover art book might single-handedly make it worth the asking price.
No word on whether or not this will see a UK or US release, but I'd say it's a safe bet that we'll be seeing something, even if it isn't this exact package. We better, anyway.