Once again, the Europeans get all the fun. Sony Europe just announced the collector's edition (technically the Signature Edition) of Gran Turismo 5. It comes with many things! You get the game, obviously, but you also get a "metal sculpted box finished in SLS AMG Obsidian Black"; an "exclusive GT branded SLS AMG 1:43 model car"; a "GT leather wallet containing Signature Edition competition entry card"; a "Branded USB key with Polyphony/Mercedes-Benz trailer"; a "GT branded metal key fob" (I don't even know what a "fob" is); a "Signature Edition coffee table book featuring the beautiful cars and locations of Gran Turismo 5" (!); and a "200 page Apex drivers magazine with hints on driving technique, car tuning, future technologies and more." How much?
Reach into your wallet, pull out your credit card (or wad of cash if your name is Ric Flair and this is 1986), and be prepared to pay a very handsome €180, or just shy of $240.
That's right: $240 for a video game.
Rumor has it Sony was going to call the game Steel Battalion: Gran Turismo 5.
No idea when this version comes out, but the American edition has a November 2 release date.
When it comes to Gran Turismo 5: I'll believe it when I'm holding it in my hand.