Some of the items in collector's editions include the following:
Making of DVD/Blu-Ray
One of the more common inclusions in collector's editions, the making-of DVD or Blu-Ray is a perfect fit for the hardcore fan who wishes to shell out extra money for a game he or she loves and to have knowledge of how the game was made.
Soundtrack of game
Dedicated fans usually enjoy the songs in the games they love, so soundtrack CDs are a safe bet.
In-game bonus Items
This practice has grown increasingly common with the rise of downloadable content, and has also been used in MMORPGs to great effect.
Art Books and Posters
Another common inclusion; the art books and posters are a way for the developer to show its devoted fans tangible concept art that they can keep and put on display.
Collector's Tins/Steelbook Case
When plastic doesn't feel sturdy enough to protect an enthusiast's favorite game, the collector's edition often includes a tin or a steelbook case to solve this problem.
Cosmetic In-Game Items
These items do nothing other than changing the appearance of an in-game item or character, keeping the playing field level between those who purchase the standard edition and those who spend the extra cash.
Replicas of in-game items
Some games have iconic weaponry or armor, such as Master Chief's
helmet or the Lancers
used by the soldiers in Gears of War
. To that end, game companies produce real-life replicas of them for fans to enjoy.
Extra DLC Before Regular Versions of the Game
Some games will include early access to different multiplayer game types. This is also a common practice for pre-order bonuses.
Usable Real-Life Items
These include things such as carrying cases, duffel bags, and coffee mugs.
Special Edition Strategy Guides
In addition to providing another avenue to print limited edition artwork, the strategy guide is useful for the gamer who wants to know everything about the game from an official source.
Limited editions and collector's editions are ways for publishers to vary prices (Referred to as price discrimination in economics). When a company sets a price for a product, people willing to pay at least that price will buy the game. If a game costs 60 dollars and a person is wiling to pay 70 dollars, the consumer has a 10 dollar consumer surplus. Companies would like to charge each buyer the maximum price he or she is willing to pay for the game. The most popular method for the game industry at the moment is to have limited and collector's editions of games priced differently from the standard 60 dollars.
Region Specific Limited Editions
Some collector's or limited editions are region specific meaning they are only released in one region like Europe or North America. For instance, God of War III
's Collector's Edition was only available in Europe.