I can't believe something like that could have happened, courtesy of Eurogamer:
Here's something a little different: Bethesda has just announced the Wolfenstein: The New Order Panzerhund Edition - and it doesn't come with a copy of the game.
The Panzerhund Edition is a Bethesda Store exclusive, Bethesda told Eurogamer. There it costs $100, but it will ship worldwide.
For that you get a vintage footlocker-style box with a stamped number plate right above the antiqued clasp. Inside is an exclusive Steelbook, 14 weathered-looking postcards of the shooter's alternative history, a pretend classified folder containing 11 pretend classified documents, replica dog tags, three embroidered patches and an 8", hand-painted articulated Panzerhund statue - but not copy of the game.
Why? According to the product listing:
"This collector's edition does not include a copy of the game. Keep your pre-order at your favourite retailer and we'll send you these goodies separately - this way we can ship these boxes worldwide and you're not stuck waiting for your game to come along with an oversized, expensively shipped box."
It's slightly confusing wording, so we double checked with Bethesda, and yes, the game is sold separately.
So, if you want the Wolfenstein: The New Order Panzerhund Edition and a copy of the game, you need to buy the game from a shop (around £50 on PS4 or Xbox One) and then the Panzerhund Edition from the Bethesda store (around £60). You'll also need to fork out international shipping costs, which according to Bethesda's website amount to $60 (around £36).
So, all in all, if you want the Wolfenstein: The New Order Panzerhund Edition and a copy of the game, expect to pay around £150.
Or, you know, you could just buy the Wolfenstein: The New Order Panzerhund Edition on its own.