Yes... Thanks for the link! I really want the Encyclopedia so I'll have to search for a source for just the book. I have the Limited Edition preordered and I hate having to now choose between the two! I want the figure from the Limited Edition and the book from the Encyclopedia Edition...
[Update:] Okay, I went ahead and preordered the Encyclopedia edition, too. I have a couple weeks to observe and decide.
I am VERY skeptical about this edition for the following reason: if this is the same edition as what is on ubiworkshop (http://store.ubiworkshop.com/assassins-creed-iii-collector-ubiworkshop-edition/), then this might be a problem. You see, part of the description on the ubiworkshop site is this: "Please note that the game, both the XBOX 360 and PS3 version, will work in EVERY region. The game can be set in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. The books are solely available in English."
What does this mean? The case might not be the same as the normal North American edition (if it is not region specific then it might have a different ESRB label or case design in general). Am I nitpicking? Yes. But I want the same version of the game that I would buy if I purchased it separately.
What do all of you think? Not about my preferences but about the case potentially being different?
FYI: When I saw this listed, I wondered if it was the exact same as the UbiWorkshop version myself. I contacted Ubi to see if I could get clarification and was told that the Assassin's Creed III Encyclopedia Edition has the encyclopedia and comic, but not the other fanciness that's in the UbiWorkshop edition. The lithograph prints were mentioned specifically as not included at Amazon and one could assume the Desmond file packaging may be exclusive to Ubi as well.
On the flipside, Amazon has their exclusive pre-order bonuses and those obviously don't apply when bought at UbiWorkshop. So basically both versions have the two most interesting parts of the bundle (encyclopedia and comic), while the differences are minor frills. I'd already pre-ordered from UbiWorkshop before Amazon got this and those digital bonuses aren't enough to make me switch. When compared, it's not so much a choice of apples and oranges as green apples and red apples. Happy picking, folks.
I preordered this off of Ubiworkshop's website when they first offered it back in May. Now, they can't even tell me when it will ship, let alone be delivered. Get the word out: AVOID UBIWORKSHOP.COM! They take your money when you order, then fail to deliver in a timely fashion.
I received this today. I was kind of expecting deluxe special edition box or something nice it's all housed in, but basically you get a pile of stuff that has been shrink wrapped, so the 2 books and the game itself that's in normal Xbox 360 game case. It went from "Cool! Its arrived" to "Meh..." within seconds of opening the box.
That's odd. The version on Ubiworkshop.com shows a collectible Desmond case files box with some prints (http://www.ubiworkshop.com/2012/10/05/assassins-creed-iii-ubiworkshop-edtion/). I guess the packaging is exclusive to that site. My copy from Ubiworkshop.com is being delivered today. I'll post an update once I open it.
Edit: Got my copy. It came as shown in the link I posted before. Unfortunately, they sent the wrong version of the game. Only way to contact Ubiworkshop is via email and they're ridiculously slow to respond. If you don't care about the flimsy Desmond files outer box and the set of prints, just stick with Amazon's version. Much better customer service.