EA and Maxis have announced the Spore Galactic Edition, a limited-release version of the game that will feature a hardcover art book, a 100-page Galactic Handbook and more.
The Galactic Edition of Spore will carry an MSRP of $79.99 in North America, compared to $49.99 for the standard edition. The game will give players the opportunity to create and evolve their own unique life forms, growing them from primitive tribes to space-faring civilizations reaching out into a universe filled with equally-unique beings created by other players.
"The Spore Galactic Edition is the ultimate backstage pass for the Spore universe," said Maxis Vice President of Marketing Patrick Buechner. "The Spore Galactic Edition is an incredible collection of art, video and behind-the-scenes access to the development team for fans, along with some of the coolest, most collectible packaging in years."
Along with the art book and Galactic handbook, the collector's box set will include a Making of Spore DVD, a DVD of the How To Build a Better Being show from the National Geographic Channel and a fold-out Spore poster. Both versions of the game are set for release on September 5 in Europe, and September 7 in North America and Asia. How To Build a Better Being, which explores the science behind the game, will premiere on the National Geographic Channel on September 9.
While you're waiting, you may as well download a free demo version of the Spore Creature Creator and submit an entry into The World Famous Escapist Spore Creature Creator Creature Creation Contest, the winner of which will be granted a custom Escapist forum title. Put together your best Escapist-themed Spore creature, upload the image and win! (No Giant Penis Monsters allowed. Spore Creature Creator owners who just want to hammer out a few GPMs for a cheap laugh may do so here.)