First up is the mere Collector’s Edition, pictured below, containing:
* Exclusive Special Edition inlay sleeve art * 200+ page Apex driver’s magazine with hints on driving technique, car tuning, future technologies and more * Five Collector’s Edition artcards featuring exclusive artwork * In-game ChromeLine vehicle pack: five performance-enhanced cars ready to race * Exclusive dynamic theme to customise your PS3 XMB
Not bad, not bad. But what if you want more?
Sony has heard you. You have, after all, been waiting a long time for this game. So, for the GT fanatics, they also have the Signature Edition, pictured below, containing everything from the Collector’s Edition (except the five artcards) plus the following:
* An exclusive, branded Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG 1:43 scale model car * A Gran Turismo leather wallet and metal Gran Turismo key fob * A Signature Edition coffee table book featuring the beautiful cars and locations of Gran Turismo * A bespoke Gran Turismo 5 USB key with a trailer showing the collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and Polyphony * Six additional in-game Stealth cars including the McLaren F1 and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and a dynamic theme * For those 18 or over and resident in a participating country, the chance to win a real-life Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – your very own gull-winged, 6.3-litre-engined supercar * An additional six in-game ‘Stealth’ cars will be made available, which include: Audi R10 TDI, Honda NSX GT500, Mazda 787B, McLaren F1, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, and Nissan GT-R GT500
Or, of course, you can just buy the game on its own, without all the frippery.
Sony has yet to price either limited edition for Australia, but we expect to hear more on that come Thursday morning. If the just-announced UK prices are anything to go by, however, that Signature Edition is going to be ridiculously expensive.
UPDATE: No word from Sony on Aussie pricing as yet. However, EB Games has just listed the Collector’s Edition at $118, the same price for which they’re selling the standard edition. And JB Hi-Fi has listed the Signature Edition at – gulp! – $299.
UPDATE #2: And now EB has the Signature Edition at $298.
UPDATE #3: Sony has now confirmed the RRPs of the three versions are as follows: Standard Edition RRP: $119.95 Collector’s Edition RRP: $129.95 Signature Editon RRP: $299.95
Three Gran Turismo 5 editions announced [PlayStation]