Civilization 5 Special Edition Includes Two-Disc Soundtrack, Artbook and Unit Figurines [Updated]

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[Update: 1:00pm] 2K Games has released the non-final box art for the Civilization V special edition. Additionally, 2K Games confirmed to Shacknews that the "Babylon Civilization with leader Nebuchadnezzar II" bonus in the "online only" Deluxe Edition is a Steam exclusive item and will not be included in the retail special edition.

[Update: 11:45am] 2K Games has confirmed to Shacknews that the Civilization V special edition will make its way to North American shores. The bundle is priced at $99.99 and will be available on September 21. (The "Special Edition" package image has been removed by the request of 2K Games as a new, much prettier image is incoming very soon.)

[Original Story] Civilization addicts will have two options at retail when the game launches this September, as 2K Games has just announced a Civilization V special edition is in the works. The bundle includes:
  • Five metal figurines based on units from Civ V (From Reaper Miniatures)
  • Two-disc CD soundtrack
  • "Behind the scenes at Firaxis" DVD
  • 176 page hardcover art book

The special edition will claim land in stores on September 24 for £60. Currently the special edition has only been confirmed for strategists in the UK. Shacknews has contacted 2K Games for pricing and availability in North America, promising to give away essential research and share trade routes for confirmation.

It will be strange to watch the behind the scenes DVD when the game ships, as it may be awkward to watch some Firaxis employees packing up their desks after being laid off.

From The Chatty

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    July 9, 2010 9:06 AM

    Is that as well or instead of the deluxe edition offered here? http://store.steampowered.com/app/50100/

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      July 9, 2010 9:14 AM

      Digital vs. Physical

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      July 9, 2010 9:15 AM

      Still no word on retail, but I've added this to our original story. Thank you!

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        July 9, 2010 9:51 AM

        the retail Special Edition is also bound for North America.

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          July 9, 2010 10:27 AM

          Well now I'm confused. Can you, Brian, or Xav confirm if the retail special edition will come with the extra content offered with the digital deluxe version?

          I'd really like to own both the manual and ALL in-game content.

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            July 9, 2010 10:56 AM

            The Steam Digital Deluxe Edition is different from the Special Edition. The DD gets Babylon, behind-the-scenes, and a score - and if you preorder, the map pack. The SE gets a 176 page hardcover artbook, 2 CD score, DVD of behind-the-scenes, and 5 metal miniatures made by Reaper.

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              July 9, 2010 11:27 AM

              Yes I realize this. But I figured for $100, 2k might be throwing in all the prelease in-game digital content too. I guess not?

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                July 9, 2010 11:29 AM

                No, it's a different package.

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                  July 9, 2010 11:40 AM

                  Will Babylon be offered as DLC that can be purchased once the game comes out?

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                July 9, 2010 11:48 AM

                I find it unclear as well. I would guess that you would get all that the $100 pack would give you all the bonuses of the $60 pack, that's usually the way it is, although in this situation, one is digital and one is retail. It would be nice to have some clarification.

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                  July 9, 2010 12:15 PM

                  They are two different editions with different stuff. The content in the Digital Deluxe is not in the Special Edition - if you don't see it listed on the announcement, then it's not going to be in the box.

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                    July 10, 2010 4:53 PM

                    This is not aimed at you, but that sort of doesn't make sense. You've spent $100 on this elaborate package but the actual game has less content than the $60 version. If it comes out as DLC, fine, but it just seems like an odd decision.

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              July 9, 2010 7:39 PM

              Is the Steam soundtrack the same as the SE one?

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            July 9, 2010 2:02 PM

            We added this in the update earlier: Retail special edition will not include the Steam bonus.

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        July 9, 2010 10:29 AM

        Cool.. but you added an extra m to my name =P