What may arguably be the most anticipated game of the year is getting a special collector’s edition for the most loyal of fans. No, we’re not talking about the upcoming Scrolls game from Minecraft creators, Mojang, you silly trademark-protective fool, we’re talking about The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim!

On the heels of the announcement of the The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 5th Anniversary Edition, Bethesda Softworks and parent company, Zenimax, announced today that Skyrim will launch with a special collector’s edition of their long-awaited title, along with all of the exciting contents the limited edition will include. Read on for the details and images.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Collector’s Edition will be available on all three platforms (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) and comes with the obligatory art book and making-of DVD. The selling point of the package is the 12″ statue that would look rather legendary on any Elder Scrolls veteran’s bookshelf. Here are the details of what you get with the bundle:

  • Alduin Statue – Created in conjunction with the IP Factory, this collector’s only statue stands 12” tall and is made of high quality PVC. Modeled 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-color illustrations, sketches and models, this stunning 9 3/8” x 12 1/8” 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.

A picture is worth a 1000 words, and even more when it comes to seeing the Skyrim Collector’s Edition contents vs. reading Bethesda’s descriptions – here’s a look at what it all looks like for all three platforms (it’s the same):

Like most Collector’s Editions for major video game releases, this Elder Scrolls package will retail for $150 in North America and will be available through pre-orders like the standard Skyrim edition. Official international prices are as follows:

  • $149.99 (US)
  • €149.99 (Europe)
  • £129.99 (UK)
  • A$199.99 (Australia).

Based on our expectations and experiences with Skyrim alone, most of the Game Rant staff desires this package. It’s up to you to decide if the extra $80-90 is justified by the art book, DVD and Alduin statue you get for it. Bethesda VP Pete Hines shares similar thoughts for the team actually making the game:

“We always say that we make the games we want to play. We can also say we create the collector’s editions we’d want to own. We all want one of these!”

The pricing is a little ironic, considering Todd Howard’s (Skyrim Director for Bethesda) words about games being too expensive, not that the price of this particular is too expensive relative to the competition – the latest Halo and Call of Duty games both offered $150 editions of their games.

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim releases November 11, 2011 for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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