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The details for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Hardened Edition) were announced at COD: XP on 3rd September. I don’t recall there being any mention of limited availability or a requirement to place your pre-order before a certain date, however Activision have just sent out the following e-mail:
Last Chance: Get the exclusive COD: MW3 Hardened Edition Now!
MW3 + Call of Duty Elite + Founder Status
Boasting multiplayer maps, memberships, in-game unlockables, and a one-of-a-kind book bound by Call of Duty Modern Warfare’s untold secrets, the “Hardened Edition” is the definitive experience for the Call of Duty fan. The MW3 Hardened Edition includes a 1-Year Call of Duty Elite membership and Founder status.
Call of Duty® MW3 Game Disc, Featuring Unique Disc Art
1-Year Call of Duty® Elite Membership – Includes Future Call of Duty® MW3 Downloadable Game Content, Including Maps
Special Founder Status on Call of Duty Elite – Includes Exclusive In-Game Emblem, Playercard, Weapon Camouflage, Clan XP Boost, and More Exclusive Benefits
Premium Collectible Steelbook™ Case
Exclusive Special Ops Juggernaut Xbox LIVE® Outfit or Exclusive PlayStation®Network Animated Timeline Theme
Limited Edition Collectible Field Journal that chronicles the entire saga with 100+ pages of authentic military sketches, diagrams and written entries.
More on COD: MW3 founder status
Unique Founder Weapon Camo & Profile Skin
Exclusive Founder In-game Player Card & Emblem
Access to the Private “#Founder” Group
Special Founder Clan XP Boost
Special Founder Operations, Events & Leagues
Exclusive Founder Prizes & Experiences
It is quite possible this is just an effort to boost sales, for which pre-orders have already broken box office records. In any case, you have been warned!