Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Prestige Edition KIA

Infinity Ward confirms $100 Hardened package will be the only premium software bundle for upcoming military shooter.

History suggested that Activision would be offering a host of retail configurations for this year's installment in its blockbuster Call of Duty franchise, Modern Warfare 3. Not so, according to Infinity Ward creative strategist Robert Bowling.

Those holding out hope for a fully functional AK-47 BB gun in the Modern Warfare 3 Prestige Edition will be disappointed.
Those holding out hope for a fully functional AK-47 BB gun in the Modern Warfare 3 Prestige Edition will be disappointed.

In a post to his Twitter feed today, Bowling confirmed that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will boast only one collector's-edition package: the $100 Hardened Edition. The game will also be available in a $60 standard-edition retail configuration on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, and it's due for release on November 8.

Out is the top-tier Prestige Edition. In previous years, the Prestige Edition of Call of Duty has cost $150 and included such perks as an operable remote-controlled vehicle modeled after the in-game RC-XD killstreak reward or a set of fully functioning night-vision goggles.

While the highest-end edition is on hiatus this year, Activision has upped the ante, along with the price, for Modern Warfare 3's collector's edition. The Hardened version of the game includes a free subscription to the Call of Duty: Elite platform, which features access to all pieces of downloadable content released for the game. The premium package also includes in-game exclusive themes, avatars, in-game markings, a field journal, and more.

For more on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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