Witcher 3 Dev Responds to Fans Upset About Xbox One-Exclusive Physical Items

CD Projekt Red co-founder explains why the Xbox One Collector's Edition is getting exclusive cards and a cloth map.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt Red has responded to fans who are upset that the Xbox One Collector's Edition of the game is getting exclusive physical items.

All Collector's Editions of the game include an artbook, a figure of the game's hero Geralt fighting a Griffin, stickers, game map, soundtrack, steelbook, medallion, and a collector's box. A cloth map and two decks of Gwent cards, which you can play like The Witcher 3's in-game competitive card game, are exclusive specifically to the the Xbox One Collector's Edition.

"Why are we doing this? We need the support of partners to make our game visible worldwide," CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwiński said in a statement to Eurogamer. "This should hopefully translate to better sales, which will in consequence allow us to do what we have been doing for the last 10 years, i.e. reinvest this money to make more great RPGs, while still sticking to our values."

Iwiński said that CD Projekt Red will keep its promise not to have any platform or retailer-exclusive DLC, and that the company always tries to "bend over backwards" to give customers the best, DRM-free editions of its games regardless of platform.

"If you still consider that adding two decks of Gwent cards and a map of the in-game world to the Xbox One CE equals us betraying our values and not fulfilling our promises, well, it does make us sad, but the final call is always yours to make," he said. "Still, I do hope that what we offer is unique and we can ask you to give us the benefit of the doubt. We have more great things to announce for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in the coming months and I promise you won't be disappointed (yes, yes, there are no more exclusives coming)."

The Witcher 3 launches on February 24 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. For more on the game, check out this six minute gameplay video from Gamescom and our latest preview.

Would you rather have console-exclusive physical items or DLC? Let us know in the comments below?

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921 comments
KealGSeo
KealGSeo

It isn't about one getting more than the other overall. It is about one getting less for the same amount of money.

blackace
blackace

How much will this cost?

scrab01
scrab01

It would be really funny to see how many xboners would be whining if we took Destiny away at the last second.

picho86
picho86

I really hate all those "mature" people who always berate people for "whining". 

People get passionate about their hobbies, and are naturally disappointed when corporate interests affect their hobbies negatively. 

I think the real "villain" here is Microsoft. Altough Cd Projekt Red did fail some of their fans to a degree, it was Microsoft who shoved dollar bills in their faces in an attempt to repair some of the damage they did to themselves with their blunders prior to the launch of their new console.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

playstatin is not looking so great to me because of its fan base. you see nothing but tolling the net and xbox media feeds from them. then bitching when something goes exclusives to xbox. if playstation was so great they would be to busy playing it to notice but its clearly not

heguain
heguain

People really exaggerate ... It's not ingame content.

scrab01
scrab01

By the way ps4 owners like me, you can't blame CD Projekt Red because if you go to their website(thewitcher.com) they do not have those items for xbox one.


scrab01
scrab01

Ps4 owners like me, please don't get mad. We have Bloodborne, Uncharted 4, The Order 1886, and The Last of Us. So let them wipe their ass with Halo and that map, The only thing they're gonna do with those cards is play Pokémon.

brxricano
brxricano

"Aw man no I hate CE's! DONT WANT IT FOR EITHER CONSOLE, THATS SOME UNFAIR MONEY HUNGRY BS!"

"Are you serious, other console only?? I TOTALLY WANT THAT THATS SOME UNFAIR MONEY HUNGRY BS!"

LOLOLOL there should be a monster in the game called the hippocryte. Anything sets them off and they regen health when they drink their own tears LOLOLOLOL

roganth
roganth

This is exactly how collector's editions should be;  Figurines, artwork, maps etc.  Rather than exclusive game missions/content.

wearelegion5000
wearelegion5000

I don't care much for maps, figurines, etc. It's not like I'm gonna build myself an altar and worship them, although some folks might.

ThrashMatt26
ThrashMatt26

odd for CDPR to side with corporations when they have always sided with gamers in the past, my view on them being one of the most consumer friendly devs hasn't changed but it does worry me.

DarqStalker
DarqStalker

Kids cry these days over everything.

RobDev
RobDev

So it seems when a company pays a developer for extra content these days it's now called "partnership"

_planet
_planet

If it was an in-game item or mission pack then I'd understand, but cards and a snot rag I don't understand.

HuSSaR83
HuSSaR83

Don't you want Witcher 4? Let them make some extra money so we can enjoy more of this epic RPG. You will still get enhanced edition for free with all DLCs!! and which game company can say the same? none

DrowNoble
DrowNoble

I don't see the big deal in this since it's just a physical map and some cards.  The game itself is no different.  It's not like "you can have this Sword of Monster Slaying... if you buy the Xbox One version", go into a new cave, etc.


This surely isn't like PC and PS4 owners not being able to play the next TR game AT ALL.  So, pfft people need to get a grip.

ooneheroo
ooneheroo

Looks like project Red might face some orders cancellation....considering there are more PS4 systems on the market that might give them quite an unfortunate hit.

Not happy with their answer? Cancel the preorder, only you have the power to do so.

dtreatz
dtreatz

Paying the same price for something and getting less.


I can see why they would be mad.

kusto1891
kusto1891

And Which Console has the Worse Fans?


Pawfalcon
Pawfalcon

Don't see what the big deal is.

rmiller365
rmiller365

So. A cloth map.... And some cards.... Seeing as how so may people are crying about it im just gonna buy it and sell the map/cards on eBay for a ludicrous price.

Now everyone can be happy.

Pelezinho777
Pelezinho777

Wow, now you can't type xb0ne without being censored. ..

EmericaCky2K
EmericaCky2K

People are such little cry babies. C'mon... its a deck of cards and a toy. 

Anarchy023
Anarchy023

I wish this damn console war would somehow end. I know it's not possible and understand why it's there, but it feels to me like all PC releases of games suffer lately because the consoles are trying to outperform one another.

Chr0noid
Chr0noid

All these people crying hypocrisy at the Sony fans don't seem to understand something. 


Hypocrisy doesn't negate the indictment. 
And this is coming from someone who didn't even care about the PS4-exclusive Destiny Alpha and Beta nonsense. 

archav3n
archav3n

CDPR is no different. Who does love money? When comes to money, forget about values.

Conscrumptured
Conscrumptured

He should've just been honest and said they paid more so they get the exclusive content. All this nonsense about "the best opportunity to get a broader, universal audience" is just lazy.

everson_rm
everson_rm

They're just tryng to make up for the worst version.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Microsoft could've shelled for the exclusive items, they could've negotiated Microsoft down to exclusive physical items for better promotion on Xbox Live... there's a number of things that could've influenced this.  Calm your jubblies people, you're getting upset over pieces of plastic and cloth.  In the end, this is a game... right?

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@picho86 oh and it was fine for sony to shiove money in the face  of devs something they have been doing since playstation 1 i might add

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

@heguain That is what it bugs me, I love physical goddies. In-game DLC wouldn't make a difference to me.

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

@HuSSaR83 They made Witcher 2 from PC exclusive sales of Witcher 1..I think they are alright budget wise from only the PC fanbase (since that's the majority of it).

MigGui
MigGui

@ooneheroo why the heck would you cancel a ps4 preorder just because the $100 collectors edition of the xone is getting some $2.50-worth more physical stuff that changes absolutely nothing in the game itself? that makes no sense at all.

udubdawgz1
udubdawgz1

@ooneheroo and cdred shouldn't give a snot about anybody who complains about this exclusivity.  if it was in-game content than we're talking about a separate and very valid issue.  as pointed out above:  snot ragz and cards are an invalid complaint.  btw, those who actually do care about this STILL CAN get the stuff if they really want too and the xtras can then be sold off anyways.


do people still pre-order games, lol?  it's a concept i will never understand and the elimination of it is a great "consumer power" to use.

ooblah
ooblah

Or maybe XB1 owners are paying the same price for something and getting more.

diablohitman
diablohitman

@Anarchy023 how do you suffer from this ...you dont get a map and playing cards doesnt impact game

sanchango
sanchango

@Conscrumptured even if they did, the comments would still be the same. I mean there would be the sarcastic "AT LEAST THEY WERE HONEST!" comments, but there would still be hate lol.

starjet905
starjet905

@jtthegame316

Who said it was fine? Not to mention, you're talking as if only Sony was doing it all this time and Microsoft has done this for the very first time.

udubdawgz1
udubdawgz1

@Chr0noid @EmericaCky2K the principle of this issue is that cards and map exclusives are a galaxy away from IN-GAME content.


THAT is the principle to support.

EmericaCky2K
EmericaCky2K

@Chr0noid @EmericaCky2K


Oh please. "The principle" is another way of saying "i just like to bitch and moan" because you are a whiny little cry baby child. If you are old enough to play this game, then you should know by now you're entitled to nothing. REMEMBER YOU ARE ENTITLED TO NOTHING.  


Now go cry in a hole until Witcher 3 comes out. You were't going to buy the collectors edition anyways.



Anarchy023
Anarchy023

@diablohitman @Anarchy023 I know it doesn't impact gameplay, but if I want those items really badly I'm not gong to buy a Xbox CE so I can't ever have it. Now I probably won't get the PC CE edition either because it feels like I'm getting the incomplete version.

Chr0noid
Chr0noid

@EmericaCky2K @Chr0noid Wow, that was quite possibly the worst rebuttal I've ever read.  Congratulations.  You have serious issues too. 

udubdawgz1
udubdawgz1

@Anarchy023 @diablohitman do you really think you can't sell the xtra stuff if you do buy the xbox version that you're up in arms about?  one who obviously thinks this is a big deal has all the content at your disposal if you truly want it.

scrab01
scrab01

@jtthegame316 @starjet905  Hey, back the hell off. If PS players are really "whiners" then why r u bitchin' bout us whining? u obviously have better things 2 do so get off the internet.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@scrab01 @jtthegame316 @starjet905 where did i say anthing about ps players in this thread? i said about sony themslefs because some one was moaning about ms throwing momey at devs when sony did this long before ms did. ms just do sonys trick back at them, but i don't expect anything less from sony fanboy the attitude of if sony do it its fine but if ms do it bitch about it, you get off the net.