I bloody love collector’s editions. I waited outside a BT Games store in the middle of the night so that I could get my Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition (with night vision goggles) at 00:01 just so that I didn’t have to wait until 9AM on launch day to get my hands on some very expensive plastic. And so I am thrilled to be able to tell you all about the State of Decay 2 Collector’s Edition which Microsoft has been kind enough to reveal.

State of Decay 2 is a big game on the Xbox release schedule, so it makes sense that it gets a suitably desirable collector’s edition. A zombie poster and booklet filled with drunken Walking Dead fanfic scribblings by the lead artist’s cousin’s friend simply would not suffice. For this Collector’s Edition (check the Capital Letters, hey, then you know we’re getting serious) they’ve really gone to town: you get a proper scary latex zombie mask, a severed thumb USB flash drive thing, a State of Decay 2 iron-on patch, and a (fake) human brain stand so you can display the fancy SteelBook case for all to see.

I’m having a little bit of a premonition, though. I have a vision of hundreds of frustrated girls and boys, hurling their severed thumb USB drives into the nearest damn or river upon the realisation that these damn custom thumb drives never fit into your USB slots properly, least of all when there’s an occupied slot above or below it. But the buggers keep making them, and we keep buying them.

If you’re as big a fan of pointless plastic gaming memorabilia as I am, the State of Decay 2 Collector’s Edition will be retailing for $69.99 at launch. I’d love to give you a Rand adjusted price, but I’m not seeing the Collector’s Edition listed at any of our local retailers. Expect it to cost somewhere in the region of all your money if it ever arrives in South Africa.

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