If there’s one Xbox One game that has been getting almost-universal excitement in the build-up to the next generation, it is undoubtedly Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall. The multiplayer mechs-and-pilots shooter has been winning plaudits at pretty much every show it attends, creating plenty of hype around the ex-Infinity Ward people at the core of the game’s development.

So when a tweet yesterday promised special news to come today, speculation immediately began. Most seemed to be expecting news of a beta test, while the optimists out there were crossing their fingers for a PS4 announcement.

What we got today was a release date; Titanfall will release on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC on March 11th 2014 in the U.S., March 13th in Europe, and March 14th in the UK. But that’s not all: like pretty much every game these days, Titanfall will have a special edition. In true Titanfall style, it’s bloody massive.

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As you can see in the above image, you get a huge, highly detailed Titan diorama. According to the official site the mech, which stands 18 inches tall, is individually-numbered, “handcrafted and assembled with over 300 individual parts and battery-powered LED lighting” – I’m guessing those red lights on the Titan are actually red lights, rather than painted decals then. You also get a full-size, 190-page hardbound art book and a schematic of Atlas, one of the mech models featured in the game. Oh, and you also get the game, of course. Why do they always feel the need to point that out?

And the cost of this lovely set? Two-hundred-and-forty-nine dollars. Which of course converts to £249. What?

Now, I’m a sucker for a collectors edition (this year alone I’ve bought limited editions of Ni No Kuni, BioShock Infinite, Tomb Raider, The Last of Us, Tales of Xillia, Final Fantasy XIV and Beyond: Two Souls), so my initial reaction when I first saw Titanfall‘s collectors edition was something along the lines of “Ooooh, me wants”. But then I saw that crazy, crazy price tag. A hundred quid more would buy me a PS4! This one will be staying on the shelf. That said, I like the art direction behind the game, and I’d love that art book. I’m hoping it might get its own individual release somewhere down the line.

It’s great that Titanfall will be out not too long after the initial console; the first six or so months after a new platform’s debut tend to be a bit void of decent titles, as everything has either been pushed to hit launch or simply needs more time in the oven. Within four months of the Xbox One’s launch, its most anticipated game will be on shop shelves. That should help to keep launch momentum going quite nicely.

Respawn have also published a new trailer to show off some of the positive reactions that Titanfall has been gathering as it tours the world’s gaming and trade shows. You can see that below, and you can get your mitts on the game on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC next March.

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