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.

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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.

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

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How much will this cost?

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

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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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 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

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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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> sony have been doing this since the playstation 1 so don't get mad down there is a company to do the same thing right back at them.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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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

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<< LINK REMOVED >> OH Reallyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy? PlayStation is doing so bad that Microsoft had to throw a couple of cards and a map in our face.


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

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<< LINK REMOVED >> That is what it bugs me, I love physical goddies. In-game DLC wouldn't make a difference to me.

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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.

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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.

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"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

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

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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.

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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.

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Kids cry these days over everything.

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

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

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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

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 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).

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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.

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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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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Paying the same price for something and getting less.

I can see why they would be mad.

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

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Right on

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And Which Console has the Worse Fans?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> These days? Obviously PS4...

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@DuskStrider: Fanboys these days: *when Sony makes it so a good chunk of a game is Sony exclusive forever* "Yay Sony!" *when MS gets some little physical items in the box* "booooo! MS is the anti-gamer devil!!"

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Don't see what the big deal is.

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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.

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

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

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<< LINK REMOVED >> four words bub

principle. of. the. thing.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Wow, that was quite possibly the worst rebuttal I've ever read. Congratulations. You have serious issues too.

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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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> how do you suffer from this ...you dont get a map and playing cards doesnt impact game

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 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.