According to Infinity Ward the game's Prestige Edition went through several concepts before deciding on a pair of fully-functioning night vision goggles.
Community manager Robert Bowling told OXM UK, "I'm a huge collector's edition geek. Any game I'm even remotely interested in, I'll buy the collector's edition. We wanted to do one that doesn't suck, and we understand that they're only for the super-hardcore guys. Even within the hardcore players, it's really for a niche within that. So let's make something they can enjoy, and I will enjoy and we'll all think it's cool. We wanted something that's a cool collector's item, but also something that could be functional and that you could use."