Square Enix isn’t known for putting together extreme collector’s editions for games it releases outside of Japan, but that might change early next year with Final Fantasy XIII-2.
The company has announced that for the game’s North American release, a collector’s edition will be released alongside a standard edition. The collector’s edition contains the game itself, a collection of concept art, and the game’s complete four-disc soundtrack. All of this is packaged inside a premium digipak case featuring artwork my Yoshitako Amano, who has illustrated for the series since the original game. The collector’s edition will cost $79.99.
Additionally, bonuses will be available to buyers depending on where they order the game from, no matter what edition they choose. If one pre-orders the game at GameStop, he or she will receive an exclusive downloadable costume to be worn by Serah in-game. Best Buy customers will receive a prequel novella titled Final Fantasy XIII -Episode i-, which helps to bridge the gap between Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2. Finally, Amazon customers will receive a code to unlock a boss fight against Omega, who will join the player’s party afterwards.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 is set for release on January 31, 2012 in North America for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Source: Square Enix