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GTA V special editions include melee hammer, ability boosts

Plus, controllable Atomic Blimp offered as pre-order bonus; Special versions to retail at $80 and $150

Rockstar Games has detailed the bonus items featured in the collector's and special edition of its upcoming crime opus, GTA V.

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Both limited editions, to be released on PS3 and Xbox 360, are now available for pre-order at various retailers. The special edition is expected to retail in the US for $80, while the collector's edition will cost $150.

Those who pre-order will be given exclusive access to an in-game aircraft called the Atomic Blim. RockStar games explained: "With every pre-order, players gain the ability to pilot the most iconic and leisurely aircraft in the Los Santos skies".

Further special and collector edition details follow:

Special Edition

  • Collectible steel-book with exclusive artwork, featuring custom colour and metallic treatments
  • Blueprint Map; a 21" x 27" map which displays a blueprint view of Los Santos and Blaine County
  • Special Ability Boost: The game's protagonists Michael, Franklin and Trevor each have a unique special ability. With this boost, the special ability bar will generate 25 per cent faster
  • Stunt Plane Trials; gives the player additional aerial challenges spread throughout Los Santos and Blaine County
  • Bonus outfits and tattoos and other outfits to appear in the wardrobes of Michael, Franklin and Trevor
  • Additional Weapons; Ammunation stores offer custom designs for free, including the Pistol .50, the Bullpup Shotgun and the melee Hammer

Collector's edition
All featured in special edition, plus

  • Security Deposit Bag with Logo Key; "this custom money bag features a pop-up style lock and laser cut logo key to secure important items. The reverse side features a pressed Rockstar Games logo on the security mount with a framed ID window"
  • A "New Era 9FIFTY" Snapback Cap, featuring an embroidered Los Santos logo on the front, and a stitched black Rockstar Games logo on the wearer's left side
  • Custom characters for Grand Theft Auto Online; "Get classic Grand Theft Auto characters to use within the Grand Theft Auto Online Character Creation System"
  • Unique Vehicles and Garage Property; "players will instantly receive a garage to store custom vehicles. In single-player, the garage will be stocked with the '30s style Hotknife hotrod and the CarbonRS sports bike. In Grand Theft Auto Online, players will get the high-end Khamelion electric car".
  • Whole collection comes packaged in a collectible outer box, "featuring a foil embossed Grand Theft Auto V logo on the top and finished with a matte, scuff-resistant film lamination housing all of the contents".

In January, Rockstar delayed the Grand Theft Auto 5 release date from spring 2013 to September 17.

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