As Wolfenstein: The New Order occupies a parallel universe, why shouldn't its collector's edition? The Bethesda Store exclusive Panzerhund Edition comes with loads of goodies - just not the game itself.
Bethesda provides an interesting reason for this: "you're not stuck waiting for your game to come along with an oversized, expensively shipped box." It sounds like it makes sense...
It's actually an ingenious little idea that you can still make sure you have your game copy ready for launch day, but you'd still like to have all that collector's edition merch.
Any number of things can go wrong in the package delivery process, so Bethesda feel it's worth trying out this Panzerhund Edition by providing just the goodies bundled together. There is a "vintage footlocker-style box" you can store your game copy in, if you buy physical, along with a Steelbook.
"...the Wolfenstein: The New Order Panzerhund Edition comes in a vintage footlocker-style box (measuring approximately 20" x 10.5" x 8.5") with a stamped number plate right above the antiqued clasp. Inside, you'll find a classified folder affixed to the lid containing 11 classified documents (an assortment of maps, case files, and even an x-ray)."
"The bulk of the footlocker houses an 8" articulated Panzerhund statue. Made of high quality vinyl material (PVC and ABS) the statue is hand painted, includes a base, and strikes a surprisingly menacing pose for a scaled-down replica. Inset in a velvet-lined tray is an exclusive Steelbook, and a set of 14 full-color weathered-looking postcards of the game's alternate history, bound in a display book."
"Lifting this tray reveals compartments housing a set of three high-quality, embroidered patches, and a box containing custom molded replica dog tags, looped and knotted on twine string."
At the end of theirthey warn a game copy isn't included - making it platform neutral.
"Keep your pre-order at your favorite retailer and we'll send you these goodies separately—this way we can ship these boxes worldwide and you're not stuck waiting for your game to come along with an oversized, expensively shipped box."
Wolfenstein: The New Order releases on PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One and PS4 May 20th. Only 5,000 runs of the Panzerhund Edition will exist and it's exclusively available through thefor $100.