E3 2011: Mass Effect 3 Collector's Edition detailed

$80 limited-run package for EA and BioWare's space RPG includes in-game weapons, soundtrack, lithograph, art book, N7 patch.

LOS ANGELES--Mass Effect 3 fans were given two surprises as part of today's Electronic Entertainment Expo press conference extravaganza. At Microsoft's media briefing, project director Casey Hudson confirmed the rumored Kinect support for the title. Shortly thereafter, EA took the liberty of announcing a March 6 release date for the multiplatform action-oriented role-playing game.

Now, EA has one more minor detail to offer about Mass Effect 3. When the game arrives in March, it will come in both a $60 standard edition and an $80 collector's pack. Titled Mass Effect 3 N7 Collector's Edition, the premium package is available to preorder now for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Mass Effect 3's Collector's Edition carries a $20 premium.

Those who pick up Mass Effect 3's limited-edition SKU will receive a bevy of in-game and tangible perks. Within Mass Effect 3, collector's edition purchasers will gain instant access to the N7 Arsenal Pack, which includes four tactical weapons that are exclusive to the premium package. N7 Collector's Edition buyers will also receive "in-game appearance packs." Promotional art for the package also indicates that gamers will receive an additional downloadable mission and character.

As for out-of-game content, collector's edition purchasers will receive a Mass Effect 3-themed Dark Horse comic book, a hardcover art book, and an N7 patch, as well as an exclusive extended soundtrack and lithograph. Those who buy the downloadable edition of Mass Effect 3's collector's package on the PC will receive all of this content in digital form, save for the N7 patch.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Mass Effect 3.

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40 comments
lethal_intake
lethal_intake

This is actually one of my most anticipated game of the year so I'm definitely going to get the collectors edition... I played ME1 and ME2 and I'm excited to see how it'll all end

Kelvryn
Kelvryn

Will the soundtrack be of better quality then the Mass Effect 2 I got off Steam? Really, 256 bitrate mp3 really suck and I payed extra for it. Deus Ex 3 soundtrack came in WAV format which is what should have happened with ME2.

graavigala
graavigala

If you can get that cool looing armor in the little pic for Sheppard I will get this DLC, if not then its just waste of money... not even a actual miniatyre of Normandy!

bdiccus
bdiccus

What no statue? Lame. I bought the CE of Infamous 2, GOW 3 and Uncharted 3. I'm broke now.

anwar1998
anwar1998

@EliteM0nk3y : i got 1 on PC, 2 on PS3 and XBOX,so i think i might get it for PS3,cause if they make any DLC,i could buy them using my cred card,but for XBOX i couldnt get on LIVE anymore for some reason -.-

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

mass effects are my favorite games. i think i might get this collectors edition

EliteM0nk3y
EliteM0nk3y

@anwar1998 Do you have any of the previous games? If so than that's the system you should buy ME3 on. If not, go for the PC or 360 version as you can get ME1 as well (the comic is no substitute for the game)

shkar
shkar

It is a shame that I played ME 1 and 2 on XBOX360 and so my saved CHARACTER is on the 360,,,,,,,,,,,otherwise I wouldn't have hesitated a bit in choosing the PS3 version of the game.........

anwar1998
anwar1998

not trying to show off guys but which should i buy this for? (the collectors edition) PS3 or X360?

hybrid7seven7
hybrid7seven7

looks cool, some more tangible stuff would be nice but at least they aren't charging like double for stupid little toys *cough* COD *cough*

Wellk
Wellk

Going to pre-order this tomorrow. This will be the first game I've pre-ordered since Mass Effect 2.

shaedar
shaedar

I would be really impressed if they found a way to make the N7 patch downloadable too...

saintwu
saintwu

Whoa! March is to far away.....

KodiakCS
KodiakCS

The first time that I'm going to get a collectors edition...

kivzirrum
kivzirrum

I am all over this. I am preordering it now.

mini_specs
mini_specs

@seancoombes Haha, Oh yeah! There's a little FENRIS mech at the bottom there =P good spot!

seancoombes
seancoombes

Forget "in game appearance packs", by looking more closely you get a robot dog. Now that's awesome lol. @mattg90520: Are the art book, comic, N7 patch, special tin, lithograph and soundtrack CD not physical media enough for you?

ymarkman
ymarkman

I have the Mass Effect 2 collector's edition, and will definitely be getting this one when it arrives. Long live the Mass Effect universe!

Szeiden
Szeiden

@flashn00b ahahahah. TF2 Hat LOLOL

Centurion95
Centurion95

I have never ever bought a pre-order or CE seeing a waste of money for meaningless extras and toys. This is an exception....

flashn00b
flashn00b

@mattg90520 I agree entirely. Also, i bet that the PC version will probably come with a TF2 hat as well.

mattg90520
mattg90520

Anyone else sick of in-game weapons as part of LEs or CEs? I would much rather have physical media, especially to account for the extra cost.

dkdk999
dkdk999

@Mirha77 :lol: but in all seriousness we really should have a massive collectors edition of some kind.

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

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Jamesp2005
Jamesp2005

Not the greatest collector's edition ever but far from the worst, may have to think about picking this one up.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Definitely get the CE, I just hope they don't make the same mistakes that the DA2 group did. ~sigh~

Moloch121
Moloch121

What the hell? I wanted a Collectors Edition as big as Witcher 2's! Why doesn't EA want to milk me for more money?!

archvile_78
archvile_78

Will preorder the collector edition i believe. I've had this in mindset for the last couple of months. Price tag looks fair too.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Already pre-ordered it at Amazon. XD

Mirha77
Mirha77

@dkdk999 Can't stop laughing at the idea of a Wrex plushie, especially if it's a super deformed version. I can hear the tagline now... "So cute... so deadly. Plushie Wrex." In that case, I'd also like to toss a Gumby-like poseable Garrus, a Jack bobble head with voice recording that swears at you when you touch it, and a Jacob with swappable abs into the mix... or, best of all, a customizeable Shepard doll with 30 different hair pieces, 115 face pieces, and an arsenal of weaponry so you can make the figure look like YOUR Shepard. Why can't THAT come in a collector's edition?

greasemonkey42
greasemonkey42

I'm hoping that it's not exclusive to one store.

elkornu
elkornu

nice i love collectors editions and the mass effect ones are the most rarest to find they are so exclusve they go for in ebay from 200 to 1000 is ridiculous

Ragamuffin86
Ragamuffin86

That's... kinda crappy. I'm sure there was a quote from Casey a while back saying they wanted the final collector's edition to have something really cool, along the lines of the big Halo or CoD CE's, but this? A flimsy little art book (why is it only Blizzard that do proper sized arts books?), a patch and a lithograph? Hardly mind blowing for the last in the trilogy.

dkdk999
dkdk999

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dkdk999
dkdk999

I want a $100 version with wrex plushie!