Pre-orders were due to open in September, however, customers have started to receive emails confirming that the Special Edition has had to be pushed back to the first half of October. (Thanks for the tip, TequilaUK!).
The Collector's Edition was delayed to September for European and UK customers, but the bundle will now not be available to pre-order for another week or two. Here's the full email from the My Nintendo Store:
"Due to unforeseen issues, we are now planning to open pre-orders for the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Collector’s Edition on My Nintendo Store in the first half of October.
As previously communicated, you will receive an email as soon as pre-orders open with a link to the product page on My Nintendo Store.
Thank you for your patience and understanding,
The My Nintendo Store team"
Earlier today, physical copies of Bayonetta were also delayed to the same period, while the My Nintendo Store in the UK was down for maintenance for around a week until it re-opened on Wednesday 28th September.
As a reminder, the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Collector's Edition comes with package artwork from Masatsugu Saito, a full-colour 250+ page hardcover art book, and a steelbook case.
We'll let you know as soon as pre-orders open in the UK and Europe!