Among the night-vision goggles, premium DJ controllers, and actually locking lockers, this holiday season's batch of limited-edition bundles is pushing the envelope when it comes to packed-in perks. While other publishers are focusing on high-priced props to pump up preorders, Ubisoft is taking a more tried-and-true approach for its biggest title of the season.
The publisher today announced the Master Assassin's Edition of Assassin's Creed II, an $80 bundle for the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 version of the game that goes on sale alongside the regular version November 17. The package will be exclusive to US GameStop stores and features an 8.5-inch-tall statue of protagonist Ezio, a hardcover art book, bonus disc with a soundtrack and "making of" feature, and two in-game maps.
One of the maps, the Palazzo Medici, was previously announced and will serve as a bonus for all GameStop preorder customers. The second, Santa Maria Dei Frari, will only be available as part of the Master Assassin's Edition of the game. Though the word "maps" is commonly used to describe multiplayer levels, an Ubisoft representative confirmed for GameSpot that the game is single-player, adding, "More details on how the exclusive maps work will be revealed at GamesCom."
For more on Assassin's Creed 2, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.