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Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime calls it an "epic" Collector's Edition, fit for celebrating the long-awaited return of real-time strategy behemoth, StarCraft
. The special StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
set includes: a 2GB USB thumb drive which mimics protagonist Jim Raynor's dog tag (and comes loaded with the original StarCraft
and its Brood War
expansion); a 176-page art book; a behind-the-scenes DVD with interviews, cinematics and developer commentary; a soundtrack CD; a prequel issue in the StarCraft
comic series; a mini Thor in-game pet for World of Warcraft
; and "exclusive" Battle.net content, such as alternate character decals, skins and profile portraits.
The space treasure trove will set you back $100 -- a cost that is likely to generate much less discussion than the price of the regular edition (picture
), which will retail for the atypical suggested price of $60. Blizzard also intends to distribute the game in digital format shortly after launch.
Of course, if you've become enamored with StarCraft II's
ongoing beta as we have, you're ready to exchange every one of your Liberty Dollars for the privilege of knowing the release date. That, Blizzard says, "will be announced in the coming weeks."