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If you’re planning on getting an Xbox One and you haven’t yet heard the news regarding Titanfall’s release date and collector’s edition, then you must be living under a rock.  As of October 22, it was announced that Titanfall will be released on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC on March 11 in North America and March 13 in Europe.

Along with a release date, what is described as a “very limited” collector’s edition of the game was also announced with a whopping $250 price tag to go along with it.  Included in the collector’s edition is a very high quality 18 inch Titan statue with battery-powered LED lights, a hardcover art book with 190 pages of exclusive concept art, an exclusive full-size schematic poster of the Atlas Titan, and the game itself.  If you’re planning on purchasing the collector’s edition of Titanfall I recommend you do so quickly because it sounds like supplies are very limited.

Now that we’ve gotten all the facts out of the way, I’d like to share some thoughts on this amazing collector’s edition.  First off, I love gaming for two main reasons: 1) Experiencing the magic of video games alone and with others and 2) The high-quality collectibles that go along with many games.  This edition of Titanfall is no exception to the above listed criteria.  I know that when March 11th rolls around I’ll be able to experience incredible multiplayer gameplay while also being the proud owner of what looks like an incredibly detailed 18 inch Titan statue.  Let that sink in for a moment.  The statue is 18 inches tall!  That’s incredible considering the entire collector’s edition is only $250!  That may seem like a rather exorbitant price tag, but when compared to statues of similar height and quality, the entire package is a pretty sweet deal.

Let’s break down the average cost of each item included in the collector’s edition to get a better idea of what we’re paying for.

1) The game itself: $60 (That’s a no-brainer)

Obviously, we all know the game is going to be $60 when released.

2) Titan Statue: $140 (Estimated)

Even if my calculations are slightly off, a statue of this size and caliber could easily be worth upwards of $300. That alone is a good enough reason to purchase the collector’s edition.

3) Hardcover Art Book: $30 (Estimated)

This is obviously a “best guess” scenario, but hardcover art books normally go for between $20 to $40.

4) Atlas Titan Poster: $20 (Estimated)

I may be guessing a bit high on this one, but it is an exclusive poster, which is why I’m guessing around $20

Keep in mind that, on average, this is what the cost of each individual item would be if purchased separately.  When analyzed, $250 doesn’t seem so bad does it?  And the amazing thing about each of these items is that they’ll only go up in value as time goes on.  In the future, each of these items (minus the game itself) could possibly double or triple in price.  That’s usually the way it goes with collectibles at least.  Needless to say, I’m sold.

Personally, I’d like to say thank you to Respawn Entertainment and EA Games for raising the bar when it comes to the idea of a “collector’s edition” for a video game.  As gamers, we want something worthwhile if we’re going to shell out hundreds of dollars and Titanfall doesn’t intend to disappoint.  Because of this, I wasted no time in venturing to GameStop to reserve my Titanfall Collector’s Edition for Xbox One.  I walked up to the counter, took out my big wallet (LoZ reference), and slapped down 50 rupees (dollars) to reserve my copy.  If you’re even remotely considering getting this edition, don’t waste any time.  You may just end up regretting it once Titanfall launches in March.