With The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim?s release drawing closer Bethesda Softworks have announced a collector?s edition of the game which is perhaps slightly bigger than any previous Elder Scrolls editions.
The collector?s edition of Skyrim is set to include the following:
Created in conjunction with the IP Factory, this collector?s only statue stands 30.5cm tall and is made of high quality PVC. Modelled from actual in-game 3D digital files, it showcases Alduin, the World Eater. He stands perched atop one the game?s many dragon walls that teach the player the lethal language of dragons.
?The Art of Skyrim? Official Art Book
Featuring over 200 pages of striking, full-colour illustrations, sketches and models, this stunning 23.8cm x 30.8cm coffee table book showcases the characters, creatures, environments and weaponry of Skyrim. With a foreword by game director Todd Howard and commentary from Bethesda Game Studios artists, readers will be guided through the game?s iconic visual style.
?The Making of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim? DVD
This documentary DVD contains exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage, including interviews with the Bethesda Game Studios team as they take you from concept to creation and provide insights into the story, gameplay, setting, legacy of the Elder Scrolls franchise, and much more.
As you may notice from the image you do once again get a map like with previous games in the series, so from the lack of mention in the contents we imagine you will get the map no matter which copy you purchase.
I'm not 100% sold on a PVC dragon which then denotes a large box for it to all sit inside. However the 200 page art book does sound like a great addition to this edition of the game. This collector?s edition is only available through GAME and Gamestation in the UK for a slightly expensive £129.99.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is of course set for the iconic release of the 11th of November 2011, for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Windows. After checking out Skyrim at E3 it was looking in a great state, so you better not disappoint us Todd Howard!
The map in all pre-orders including Collector's Edition is a form of synthetic, non-pre-order aka retail copies come with a paper map
I think I read that the map will be printed on a Burlap-like material. Presumably, that gives it some texture.
I wouldn't get too hung up about Vinyl. I have a few high-end Kotobukiya statues at home, they're all Vinyl, not quite as weighty as Polystone resin but you'd be quite impressed with the detailing. There's a video illustrating the Gears of War 3 - Epic Edition doing the rounds, which also features a Vinyl statue. It should give you a better handle on the kind of quality to expect.
Frankly, I think the art book will be quite special, given the size and the number of pages I expect that to be quite a valuable collectible. That said, I do hope that between now and it's release, Bethesda sweeten the deal with some extra content, downloadable or otherwise.