Call of Duty: Black Ops gets Hardened, Prestige editions

Treyarch's upcoming shooter getting $80 and $150 top-tier versions; latter includes fully operable, video-enabled RC car.

Infinity Ward bundled items like the original Call of Duty and night-vision goggles with special editions of last year's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, but the Los Angeles studio isn't the only development house readying top-tier bundles. Treyarch today announced Hardened and Prestige editions of Call of Duty: Black Ops, which is already projected to sell over 12 million units.

This one doesn't blow up.

The Hardened and Prestige editions of Call of Duty: Black Ops will infiltrate retail on November 9. These top-tier versions will include a number of items that those paying $60 for the standard game won't have access to.

On top of the game, the $80 Hardened edition includes a steel-book case, a Black Ops medal with display case, four co-op maps not included in the standard ware, and a Black Ops-themed Xbox Live or PlayStation Home avatar outfit.

The $150 Prestige edition (pictured) ups the ante even further. This version includes everything above and a fully operable remote-controlled vehicle modeled after the new in-game RC-XD killstreak reward. The RC car controller houses a 2-inch video screen, which can stream video and audio from the vehicle at a distance of up to 200 feet. The announcement came coupled with a YouTube video (embedded below) detailing the in-game killstreak reward. Additionally, Nintendo Wii and DS versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops will release on November 9, but Activision did not announce any special bundles for either of those systems.

For more on the seventh iteration of the Call of Duty franchise, check out GameSpot's hands-on preview with Call of Duty: Black Ops.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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293 comments
TheRealUser101
TheRealUser101

Activision, being Modern Warfare 3's publisher, is showing the games multiplayer at the Call of Duty XP convention on September 2. All of the Modern Warfare 3 perks, weapons, maps will be shown there. MW3 is going to be great.

drummerdickens
drummerdickens

These are great for kids but I'm sorry, if you're buying collectable versions of video games as an adult you need to reassess yourself as a person.

jm3811
jm3811

Can i swap the rc for an electric train or something inflatable?

Venom341
Venom341

As cool as the RC car is, I think that if I had a choice, I'd go for the hardened edition because there's a medal I could show off for my love of video game collector editions (sorta) and the 4 zombie maps from World at War is with it. Considering that the Map pack bundle (cheapest on store or market) is $25 and the hardened edition is only $20 more, it's a pretty good deal.

NinjaOnTheCourt
NinjaOnTheCourt

im getting the hardend because the maps themself would be at least 10 - 15 bucks i dont know how cheap the medal is or if its good quality but i dont care that much but ya and the playstation home costume is a good include cause to buy something on playstation home is sooooooo expensive to buy the suit if it wasnt exclusive would cost like 5 - 10 bucks the rc looks cool and it is tempting to get but its just 2 much money mybe if it was like 100 bucks id get it but ya overall hardend looks like the best deal IN MY OPINION!!!!!!

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

@DanGleeSack I know, that is why World At War is my favorite because you can paint red the bodies of Japs, Nazis, and your buddies with rounds and you can blow off their limbs.

DanGleeSack
DanGleeSack

@aaronfhff123 world at war (also made by treyarch) had gore depending on the weapon you used. Higher caliber guns would shoot arms/legs off some guns and explosives would rip the guy in half. I hope this is similar it adds alot more to the game.

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

I hope this game isn't released all censored like MW2 where you shoot somebody in the face with an AA-12 and you see them fall over with their face intact. I see gore but I hope the gore is always available and not just there for certain moments of the game like in Moder Warfare when you shoot that dudes arm off but it's the only arm you can shoot off the whole game....that was so lame about MW and I hope they cut the crap.

xpepox
xpepox

i never have or ever will buy a special edition. I just want to play the game not have stupid collectibles.

Martyr_of_Wrath
Martyr_of_Wrath

@nemesi, what was in the legendary halo edition? also, does some one know know where i can get a better picture of the RC car in the prestige, something high resolution perhaps? i want to find out if the car is as cheap as it looks in the pictures ive seen, or made of sterner stuff.

Martyr_of_Wrath
Martyr_of_Wrath

@nemisi609, what did the lendary halo edition come with?

nemesi609
nemesi609

remember this day that every "regular" special edition will now cost $80. car looks cool though, not worth 150 though. i stopped buying special editions after i got tricked into buying the legendary halo edition.

doomgladiator
doomgladiator

@jokethis21 i got this in my inbox, are you saying you didn't send it? jokethis21 said: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- @doomgladiator , Your retarded, literally. I'm sorry when I get insulted, I feel the need to defend myself. Its called having a good self-esteem, something you obviously dont have.

mattman127
mattman127

It's annoying how people are so harsh. This may be an RC car, but it's the coolest one I've ever seen. All of the RC cars in my day couldn't record video. I'm going for Hardened though, I wont ever spend more than $100 on a game after Halo 3.

erdiincc
erdiincc

ive read so many comments of people throwing away cod, well done dice victory to bad company 2!! no cod game can beat it, cod doesnt even generate the need of teamwork; that itself is very unrealistic

jokethis21
jokethis21

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XxSUPERSNAKExX
XxSUPERSNAKExX

People complained the MW2 prestige edition and they still bought it, people are complaining this and some of them are still going to buy it! Why complain?

Dragonrider617
Dragonrider617

Pre ordered hardened edition today :) i just want the free original zombie maps that come with it :)

doomgladiator
doomgladiator

@jokethis21 hahahaha you actually got that COMPLETELY backwards. having to defend yourself all the time, even from a comment such as "lol u said boughten," (which isn't actually an insult) is a huge giveaway of a low self esteem

XanderZane
XanderZane

hillelslovak Hooray! More useless crap to package with a game!! ***************************************************************** Completely agreed. I'm pretty much done with CoD games anyways. Activision is milking the franchise to death like they did with Guitar Hero, which no one wants to play anymore. I still have Halo Reach and Battlefield 2 and that's enough for now. With Fable 3 on the way, Madden 11 and Starcraft 2 just released and Zelda and Kirby Epic Yarn on the way, who has time?

jaszilla
jaszilla

in the regular edition doo u get the full online game?

S001-PRIMAL
S001-PRIMAL

so they r trying to get children to...play their games? i think thats alittle too late...they might as well throw in a book or map showing every glitch and camping spot in the game....better yet make a campers edition with the tent and sleeping bag and smores

Darkno
Darkno

Great collectable, I Pre-Ordered it yesterday.

jokethis21
jokethis21

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Boblehead2008
Boblehead2008

Ive said it once and ill say it again it looks like there finally recognizing all the ten year olds playing CoD online

GC4ever
GC4ever

i fine with hardened i wanted an RC car when i was a kid if i wanted to buy one i go to a hobby shop or something just so i know it won't break on me the first week i got it....

doomgladiator
doomgladiator

@jokethis21 you sure spend a lot of time defending yourself. not a bad thing, just interesting you care so much about what strangers say lol

nonfanboygamer1
nonfanboygamer1

Who cares about a dumb RC car? How old are you dude??? Post video's on youtube of an RC car??? C'mon man.

tyskenfan
tyskenfan

Sorry, let me laugh a minute...

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

It is almost worth getting the Call of duty Black ops Prestige addition just for that Remote control video enable car thing. if only to screw around with it and post video's on Utube. This is like just getting a videogame and a RC video car. Which will be more fun the video RC recorder car or the videogame? This is worth the price for this special edition. If the game bombs you can still screw around and upload videos to the internet. Two "Toys" for $150.00 (Yes videogames are still considered "toys") I don't care how advanced Playstation & Xboxes become the are still "toys" and so is that Remote controlled car with the camera mounted on it. But people still have to have fun once and awhile. people are going to abuse that Video RC car thing. Utube will provide lots of evidence.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

$150...... If I actually liked the series, I'd pick it up. It's not that bad a price considering the RC car w/video. Be prepared for the flood of Youtube videos filled with pranks involving said car.

nonfanboygamer1
nonfanboygamer1

New Headline. Activision to release game in 4 editions. First edition $60 for a quarter of the game. Second edition $80 for half the game and a collector pin. Third edition $120.....etc.....etc...etc..

nonfanboygamer1
nonfanboygamer1

It's crazy how greedy activision is. They want aalll of your money. 150$ for a game, rc car, maps.....stupid. If you want $150 from me give me 3 games!

TeenGamer92
TeenGamer92

An RC car? Are you kidding me? I barely even want to pay $60 for a new game and they think a freaking RC car will make people want to pay $150?

PhantomTurkey
PhantomTurkey

Maybe they could include a special limited edition Black Op's dartboard which has a tiny COD Black Ops logoat the top and a large picture of Bobby Kotick's face on it.

ftbawla
ftbawla

@PhantomTurkey Its going to be the Black Ops plastic throwing knife set, with real ballistics ACTION!

PhantomTurkey
PhantomTurkey

Since they are going to include "The Black Ops Toy Car" to woo the kiddie market, they should take the commercialisation of the franchise even further to help them rake in tonnes more cash by including other things that kids will enjoy such as "The Black Ops Whoopie Cushion" and "The Black Ops Plastic S--t".

ftbawla
ftbawla

I'm done with Call of Duty after the MW2 let down. On to bigger and better games *cough* BFBC2

SSJ4CHRIS
SSJ4CHRIS

I agree that the four maps not available unless you buy prestige or hardened is a bad move. But seriously why are there so many posts saying activision is ripping you off with it. this isn't the first game ever to give you exclusive maps with the limited edition, but I guess since those games arent from activision its not such a big deal? Dont give companies your money for DLC and they will get the picture. Don't blame a game company for cashing in on our decisions to pay so much for maps and characters. they use that money to keep making the games we all eventually complain about. If we want complete games again we need to stop buying post-release DLC and hurt the bottom line, with is the only things any business is really interested in.

4k800knee
4k800knee

Sorry but i still have a few of my old toy cars laying around when I was about 4.

shkar
shkar

the 150$ edition is great for kids.....

xinoeph
xinoeph

I was wondering how activision was going to top the goggles! haha

Akucapri
Akucapri

O nice, Activision have no shame. I guess I'll have to wait for the next Battlefield game.