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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:58am 09/04/10 | 43 Comments
Blizzard have given us a space-faring heads up regarding a special edition release for the hotly anticipated StarCraft 2. According to the mega RTS/MMO giant, the special edition will retail for AU$149.95 and NZ$199.95 and will only be available at retail. It includes:
  • The Art of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, a 176-page book featuring artwork from the game
  • An exclusive 2GB USB flash drive replica of Jim Raynor's dog tag, which comes preloaded with the original StarCraft and the StarCraft: Brood War expansion set
  • A behind-the-scenes DVD containing over an hour of developer interviews, cinematics with directorís commentary, and more
  • The official StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty soundtrack CD, containing 14 epic tracks from the game along with exclusive bonus tracks
  • StarCraft comic book issue #0, a prequel to the comic series
  • A World of Warcraft mini Thor in-game pet that can be applied to all World of Warcraft characters on a single Battle.net account
  • Exclusive Battle.net downloadable content, including special portraits for your Battle.net profile, decals to customise your units in-game, and a visually unique version of the terran Thor unit
That's a pretty sweet load of gear. The standard edition will retail for AU$99.95 and NZ$129.95, but will be available for online purchase through the Blizzard store.

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Latest Comments
Posted 11:19am 09/4/10
Now we just need a date
Posted 11:57am 09/4/10
So for an extra $50 over the standard edition you get all that? not into star craft but that sounds like a good deal to me.
Posted 11:25am 09/4/10
F*****g s***load of stuff in that bundle. And the pet has the voice of a arnold swarzy
Posted 11:27am 09/4/10
I'm considering getting it, seems real good value.
Posted 11:31am 09/4/10
Just need date and beta key thanks!
Posted 11:47am 09/4/10
What's awesome is that its a valuable, worthy extras edition without removing content from the regular game.

Pay attention other devs & publishers, this is why Vivendi-Acti-Blizzard is awesome and you are jerks.

EDIT: Removed profanity, this is a srs news post after all.
Posted 11:56am 09/4/10
Agree with Hoggy and everyone else. Blizzard will get my money for this, they know what I want and deliver every time.
Posted 12:02pm 09/4/10
Now if they will just have a release date i'll know when to start looking for this awesome bit of worthyness.
Posted 12:07pm 09/4/10
Hopefully when they release the online pricing its a bit more reasonable and they don't try pull the Activision/Steam damn near criminal act of upping US prices just cause we are aussies. That been said if this game is all its cracked up to be $100 is prolly worth it.
Posted 12:13pm 09/4/10
This is the pet for WoW... Epic

Posted 12:15pm 09/4/10
this is why Blizzard is awesome and you are jerks.

Posted 12:20pm 09/4/10
this is why Blizzard is awesome and you are jerks.

Blizzard don't really call the shots on this stuff anymore imo. They'd need to make a case to their corporate overlords, its just that "Tghe Blizzard Way" has been a license to print money for a long time so they have more clout.

They would probably be the key guys shouting down the evil suits who want to rape our pockets though.
Posted 12:20pm 09/4/10
Updated my pre-order this morning. Funnily enough, it was more the fact this is a Blizzard CE box that triggered me to do it. I didn't look at what's in it until well afterwards :)

Speaking of which.. I still need to find myself a copy of the original WoW CE box set (sans pet codes.. those things are worth a mint) to complete the collection, as I don't think they did a Frozen Throne one - Did they?
Posted 12:24pm 09/4/10
Pre-ordered :)
Posted 12:58pm 09/4/10
I don't think they did a Frozen Throne one - Did they?

Do you mean frozen throne as in the War3 expansion, or Wrath of the Lich King for WoW? Cos they did one for Wrath
Posted 01:06pm 09/4/10
Steve: where did you get those prices from?

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty will be available on DVD-ROM for Windowsģ XP/Windows Vistaģ/Windowsģ 7 and Macintoshģ. The standard edition will sell for a suggested retail price of $59.99 and will also be available shortly after release as a download through the online Blizzard Store. The special Collector's Edition package, which is priced at $99.99 and will only be available at retail stores, will include the following bonus items in addition to the game disc:

source: http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/press/pressreleases.html?100408

$100AUD and $150AUD for the standard and collector's edition respectively is a bit of a price discrepancy. Did they actually announce AUD prices?

Posted 01:07pm 09/4/10
Are we paying the same price as Americans if we buy the game online through the blizzard store ?
Posted 01:13pm 09/4/10
100 / 0.85 = 117 + shipping.

I was happy to give EB 30 bucks above the conversion to lock in a copy rather than wait and potentially miss out.
Posted 01:19pm 09/4/10
So EB is charging $150 for the collectors?
Posted 01:20pm 09/4/10
sounds reasonable to me!
Posted 01:21pm 09/4/10
So EB is charging $150 for the collectors?

That's what I paid for my web pre-order today.
Posted 01:26pm 09/4/10
i buy games to play the game, not for all the fancy little toys that come along with them.
Posted 01:29pm 09/4/10
^^ I'm of the same mind.

Little extras are nice and this one seems worth the cashola for the collectors, but I'm not a big fan of that stuff.

How they sell through the blizzard store should be interesting., ie regional pricing and if direct download is possible.
Posted 01:43pm 09/4/10
Do you mean frozen throne as in the War3 expansion, or Wrath of the Lich King for WoW? Cos they did one for Wrath

It made sense in my head, but yeah I meant the War3 expansion. Pretty sure they didn't do a TFT CE box (I've got the wrath one).
Posted 01:47pm 09/4/10
i buy games to play the game, not for all the fancy little toys that come along with them.

Yeh I do agree in general - I just have the CE of WoW and all the expansions so I am building a bit of a collection, don't feel like I can stop now! :(
Posted 04:06pm 09/4/10
If the special edition added LAN co-op then I'd consider buying it. Maybe they'll consider it for Diablo 3...
Posted 04:24pm 09/4/10
Remember this is the first 'part' of their '3 part trilogy' release, who knows how much the other 3 parts will be .
Posted 04:25pm 09/4/10
I see Berlin wall in Adelaide is quick off the mark on their website with about 100 for sale, I wonder howl ong they will last at that price. www.berlinwall.com.au
Posted 04:30pm 09/4/10
Sorry i meant other 2 parts
Posted 04:35pm 09/4/10
Remember this is the first 'part' of their '3 part trilogy' release, who knows how much the other 3 parts will be .

Why charge $100 for Starcraft 2 when you can charge $450 for it?
Posted 04:38pm 09/4/10
How come EB never discounts and you pay top dollar, or over, loke in WOW cards, don't anyone ever shop around the bet anymore???
Posted 04:46pm 09/4/10
Why charge $100 for Starcraft 2 when you can charge $450 for it?

If my 4 copies of the Original Star Wars Trilogy says anything, That'll be me. I love my Blizzard CE boxsets.
Posted 05:02pm 09/4/10
I'm getting it...
Posted 05:07pm 09/4/10
I've got all the WoW box sets, but I dunno if I really want the Starcraft ones, tbh the thing that appeals to me most in that collector's edition is the thing which isn't even part of Starcraft 2 (the wow pet), and i'm not sure thats a particularly good reason to shell out the extra $50 - $60 for the collector's one.
Posted 09:49pm 09/4/10
I'd use the USB stick, but none of the other nonsense. Khel, wanna go halfsies in it? (or better yet find somebody who wants the comic/soundtrack and go thirdsies!)

edit to clarify:
halfsies/thirdsies on the extra 50 bucks; still 1 other would have to buy the regular edition....

last edited by Storm at 21:49:16 09/Apr/10
Posted 10:10pm 09/4/10
Sure, I'll throw in $20 or $25 or whatever for the wow pet
Posted 10:51pm 09/4/10
I have an SC2 beta key for one lucky lady, put forth your case I may consider handing it over.
Posted 11:22pm 09/4/10
.. so sexual favours are involved ;[
Posted 11:50pm 09/4/10
no thanks im sweet enough
Posted 11:59pm 09/4/10
will beg for keys ^_^
Posted 01:32am 10/4/10
so no sexual favours? no webcam? thank god.. anywho id love the key ^.^ :}!
Posted 01:58am 10/4/10
I finally got a key for myself a few weeks back but I do have a friend who would love to get one. He used to do 2's with me and generally takes his gaming pretty seriously so he would make good use of it. ie: not load it up play 2 games and realise its not his cup of tea and just throws it away.
Posted 07:01pm 10/4/10
Just on this just checked the game website and you can get the normal game preorder online for $79
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