StarCraft II CE announced, priced, but still not dated

I don’t want to jinx anything, but it’s looking more and more like StarCraft II is finally coming out relatively soon. Keeping with their tradition of extravagant Collector’s Editions, Blizzard announced today that Wings of Liberty will be getting a similar treatment. The CE will include a 176-page artbook, the soundtrack, a behind-the-scenes DVD, a new in-game pet for use in World of Warcraft, exclusive DLC, and a 2GB flash drive modeled after Jim Raynor’s dog tags that will come preloaded with the original StarCraft and the Brood War expansion, just in case someone buying a Collector’s Edition for StarCraft II doesn’t have the original lying around somewhere.

All this will be bundled up in the large box seen above and can be bought at retail only, for $99.99. While we’re on the subject of prices, another interesting tidbit came in the press release. Blizzard has decided to follow in the footsteps of Modern Warfare 2 and Assassin’s Creed II, as the standard edition of StarCraft II will have a MSRP of $59.99, instead of the $49.99 that’s been the norm for PC games.

Still no word on a concrete release date, but Blizzard promises to announce it “in the coming weeks”, so stay tuned.