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Battlefield 1’s collector’s edition is a beautiful and ridiculously expensive package

Battlefield 1 made quite a splash yesterday when leaked art and an official trailer revealed that the series would be making the jump to the early 20th century and the Great War. The game doesn’t come out for another six months or so, but Electronic Arts has already unveiled its collector’s edition, and it’s truly a sight to behold.

The Battlefield 1 “Exclusive Collector’s Edition” will set you back quite a bit more than you may have anticipated: it’s $220, which is $50 more than the Splinter Cell Blacklist collector’s edition that came bundled with a full-size RC plane. But I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t look worth it — provided the game lives up to the hype, of course.

In addition to the steelbook that has become so prevalent in collector’s editions over the last generation (I hate them, but I’m probably in the minority), the bundle also includes a deck of playing cards which appear to have different locations from the game faded into the background. A “messenger pigeon tube” houses the bonus DLC, which is at least a nice change from the simple cards inserted into most game cases, and a cloth “propaganda poster” should briefly trick your friends into believing you’re really into history.

Of course, the real star of the show here is the 14-inch statue, which depicts a soldier wielding a spiked mace and a pistol, his jacket blowing in the wind as he stands inside what looks to be a crumbling home. The floor beneath his feet appears to be laminated tile, and a statue or piece of pillar has broken behind him. The soldier’s jacket is also incredibly detailed, featuring a canteen case, magazine pouches, a pistol holster, and several small buckles.

Will you be willing to shell out the extra $160 for the goodies bundled in the Battlefield 1 collector’s edition, or are you content with the standard game? If you choose the former, you’ll be able to play it on October 18, three days before the standard edition’s release.