I’ve waited since we finished the second game (in co-op) for the next installment of Gears of War. Needless to say that I was thrilled that we’re not going to get just a Limited Edition but also an Epic one. Only downside was that nobody knew what was in that edition (nor in the limited). That is, until yesterday!

And what’s better than having all the information neatly on a row?
So let’s quote shall we:

  • Limited Edition ($79.99 US)—A must-have for fans who want to celebrate the culmination of the trilogy, this edition includes:
    • Octus Award Display Box and Octus Service Medal—Replicas of the honors bestowed on Adam Fenix, Marcus’s father, for his work on the Hammer of Dawn.
    • Unlockable Adam Fenix Multiplayer Character—Each Octus Service Medal replica is engraved with a unique Xbox LIVE code that unlocks Adam Fenix in multiplayer.
    • Fabric COG Flag—Proud colors that once flew above the House of Sovereigns.
    • Personal Effects of Adam Fenix—Includes his “Last Will and Testament,” the initial Hammer of Dawn schematic, and other Fenix family mementos.
  • Epic Edition($149.99 US)—The ultimate collection for hardcore fans who can’t get enough Gears of War 3, this edition includes:
    • Collectible Marcus Fenix Statue—The collaborative work of Chris Perna and the artisans at Triforce, this fine PVC collectible makes an evocative living room conversation piece for any true Gears fan.
    • The Art and Design of Gears of War by Tom Bissell—Through unprecedented access to the Epic Games team, acclaimed author Tom Bissell (Extra Lives) gives readers an incisive behind-the-scenes glimpse into one of the most celebrated sagas in video game history with 96 pages of interviews, photos, concept artwork, and more.
    • Infected Omen Weapon Pack — Custom multiplayer skins for the game’s five starting weapons; Lancer, Retro Lancer, Hammerburst, Sawed-off Shotgun, and Gnasher Shotgun.
    • The Gears of War 3 Limited Edition—Nuf said!

The things I most like are the dog tag and the flag but the thing I’m most skeptical about is the figure… If you look at the most figures that came with games (I think Alone in the Dark, Sacred 2, Street Fighter IV, …), you can only conclude that they are butt ugly! I’m hoping that this is one of those exceptions…

All by all, I kinda like this Epic Edition… Next to the fact that I like buying the most exclusive edition, it also contains an art book. And if there’s one more thing I like more than exclusivity, it’s a neat art book. It’s a shame that the personal effects isn’t exclusive for the Epic Edition. Ah well, a girl can’t have it all right?

Currently, the Epic Edition is exclusive for GameStop (US) and GAME (UK). I’m wondering when the other shops release this as a pre-order…

You can view the behind the scenes vid here:

And you can gasp at some pictures here: