After the success of premium-priced Guitar Hero bundles, Activision is preparing a holiday slate chock-full of games with peripherals packed in. In addition to Guitar Hero 5, the publisher has big-ticket bundles for Tony Hawk Ride, Band Hero, and DJ Hero.
While the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 may not lend itself to the bundled controller business model, Activision and developer Infinity Ward are preparing the next best thing: an over-the-top limited-edition release. As revealed this week by an Infinity Ward YouTube video, Modern Warfare 2 will come in three different packages, the most extravagant of which--the Prestige Edition--will feature working night-vision goggles.
The video, hosted by Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling, lays out the content of the regular Modern Warfare 2 release, the Hardened Edition, and the Prestige Edition. The Hardened Edition will come packed in a metallic case with an art book featuring concept sketches and other details from the game's development. It also includes a downloadable code for the original Call of Duty on PC, Xbox 360, or PlayStation 3. Though the Prestige Edition remains unpriced, Bowling's Twitter page lists the Hardened Edition as selling for $80.
The Prestige Edition will come with the special Hardened edition of the game, the Modern Warfare 2-branded goggles, and a sculpted head to display the pack-in when not in use. North American retailers like GameStop, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and Amazon.com are currently accepting preorders for the regular and Hardened editions of Modern Warfare 2 but have yet to list the Prestige Edition.
[UPDATE]: In another post on his Twitter,Bowling revealed the suggested retail price of the Prestige Edition package will be $149. Additionally, he specified that the console editions of the original Call of Duty will include the game's full multiplayer features.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is set for a November 10 debut. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.