Ever since the Halo franchise became such a cash cow for Microsoft and Bungie, they’ve found ways to pack extraneous merchandise with the sequels.
Halo 2? Came in both standard and limited edition flavors. The (not-so) limited edition came with an extras disc, and was in a snazzy steelbook case.
Halo 3? Came in three separate editions. Standard, of course, was just the game. The Limited Edition (which I own) came in a metal case, with a fancy dan artbook and an extras disc. This was trumped by the “Legendary Edition”, which came with 3 discs, exclusive bonus video content and the infamous “Cat Helmet”, a giant plastic Master Chief helmet which housed the whole shebang.
Halo: ODST? Had kind of a lame Special Edition which just came with a controller. Maybe that’s why it didn’t sell too well?
Any way you slice it, Halo: Reach, the final Bungie title in the Halo saga is aiming to be one of the biggest games for Fall 2010, and Bungie is once again pulling out all of the stops to maximize profitsmark the occassion.
What versions will you see in stores when it releases this Fall?
First, we have the plain and simple standard edition. $60 gets you the game. Period.
For those with a little extra cash and more love for Halo? Dropping $80 gets you the Limited Edition release, which comes in special ONI black box packaging, along with an exclusive multiplayer in-game Elite armor and an “artifact bag” containing “Dr. Halsey’s personal journal and other classified documents and effects that unravel long held secrets from the Halo universe.”
Not enough? Ready to blow $150 goddamn dollars on a game you’ll be bored with after a few months? Great! ‘Cause Bungie is ready for you to bend over and accept the Legendary Edition release, which comes with everything you get with the Limited Edition, exclusive USNC packaging, a 10 POUND hand painted and numbered “Noble Team” statue from McFarlane Toys, plus a very special multiplayer effect for your Spartan armor – your god damn head is on fire.
Of course it would be, as you just spent $150 on the game. Bra-vo.
So, readers…what version are you buying?