Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine came in an assortment of special editions. Amongst the collector’s editions available include the Australian JB Hi-Fi exclusive, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Emperor’s Elite Edition. Esperino unboxes the Emperor’s Elite Edition to find out what makes the Emperor’s Elite so elite.
The Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Emperor’s Elite Edition comes packaged in a clear transparent slip case which JB Hi-Fi refer to as a ‘transparent o-ring’. The front cover of the sleeve is clear so the lenticular art card can be seen with the o-ring on top.
Sliding the sleeve off reveals a lenticular art card with a fully armoured Space Marine stomping on an enemy Ork, quite literally. The back of the art card is printed with the Space Wolves and Dark Templar Armour unlock along with instructions on how to access your exclusive armour.
In Australia, the Emperor’s Elite Pack was exclusive to JB Hi-Fi at the time of release, however was not an exclusive of the Emperor’s Elite Edition. The download content pack could also be obtained with the purchase of the other editions as a pre-order bonus. The game disc comes in a standard casing with a standard manual (black and white print inside) and the Elite Pass Code printed on the back for accessing multiplayer. The cover slip does vary slightly from a standard edition copy with ‘Not to be sold separately’ printed in place of a barcode.
Priced at $107 RRP at the time of release, the Emperor’s Elite Edition is not overly expensive, nor are the contents anything too over the top. Essentially for approximately $10 more than a standard edition, gamers received an exclusive packaging and two download content. What makes the Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Emperor’s Elite Edition special is its exclusive release to a single retailer in a single country.
Although overshadowed by the bigger and badder Collector’s Edition, the Emperor’s Elite Edition is still a collector’s piece for a collector’s game library, especially if you’re one of the die-hard Warhammer 40,000 fans out there across the world.
Contents: Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Video Game, Transparent Limited Edition Casing, Lenticular Art Card, Standard Casing, User Manual, Bonus Download Content – Space Wolves and Dark Templar Armour Unlock
- Developer: Relic
- Publisher: THQ
- Platform: Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3
- Genre(s): Third-Person Action
- Release Date(s): (AUS) September 8th 2011
- Release Price: $107 AUD RRP