The "Hardened Edition" of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 appears to have had its contents outed earlier than officially planned, contents that include a one-year membership to Activision's Call of Duty Elite service and other virtual goods.
Wired reports that it received a photo of an advertisement for Modern Warfare 3's "Hardened Edition" from an anonymous source. That ad promises a long list of bonuses for those who are comfortable spending more than the standard $US60 USD asking price.
The "Hardened Edition" will reportedly include the aforementioned Elite membership—which includes "future Call of Duty: MW3 downloadable game content," like map packs—and "Special Founder Status" for Elite, granting "Hardened" owners exclusive emblems, camo and "more exclusive benefits."
In terms of physical goods, expect a Steelbook case, special game disc art and a "collectible field journal" 100 pages long.
Typically, Activision prices its Call of Duty "Hardened" limited editions at about $US80, with a more expensive variation, the "Prestige Edition", costing almost twice that. The publisher has done so for both Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2. I suspect we'll know more about the many ways to buy Modern Warfare 3 by end of week.