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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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.

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

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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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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

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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?

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A nice cloth map to wipe your ass* with.

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I think the real problem here is people are buying Witcher on a console.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I always played Witcher on PC but now im considering buying it on my PS4 as long its got Polish language download. I think fighting would be more enjoyable on controller and seeing inventory menu from Witcher 2 makes my decision stronger

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I played Witcher 2 with my 360 controller on my PC... PC's have had 360 controller support for over 5 years and have a multitude of other controller options as well. I don't understand your reasoning.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> My reasoning is that inventory menu in Witcher 2 is made for controller support and in original Witcher it is not. Its obvious the trend is going for the consoles and im not saying its a bad thing but PC users should get different version for mouse/keyboard so its quick to access inventory items (like in Witcher 1) and not same speed as if I had a controller. Whats the point of having a mouse when I still have to scroll down the items because its faster

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<< LINK REMOVED >> i know that some people who keep degrading the console versions of the witcher 3 are a real problem.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I own a console, but i'm not a blind fanboy. I know PC is the superior platform to play the game on, get over it and enjoy your console version.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> lol, nice attitude. i, too, am a currently a 360 guy who will never buy another console and understands that pc's are the superior platform.


however, i have the ability to think critically and recognize that your comment was useless and invalid.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Lawl, relax guy, I made a joke and you got your panties in a twist, that's all that happened here and if you weren't so self righteous you'd probably see that.


"i have the ability to think critically"

Nope, you do not.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> i acknowledge that pc is the better platform. however not all of us can afford to spend the thousand dollars it takes to build a good pc. hell, the only reason i have a next gen console is because i traded in all my previous gen stuff to afford it. so dont degrade people who buy the games on console, it just makes you look like all the other "pc master race" douchearses.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> "get over it and enjoy your console version."

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I played the first one on PC, since t hen I gave up upgrading the rig every year to keep up, so I'm playing Witcher 2 on 360 and next one on XBOne (Collector's Edition, of course).

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I'm just happy that they aren't bringing some exclusive in-game content. THEN I'll be ranting. A complete game and Geralt figurine look worth it for me.

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people still buy these editions? o.0

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I don't really remember Bungie having to explain why PS4 got exclusive content. Why is there only hate when MS does something like this?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Hypocrisy at it's finest

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<< LINK REMOVED >> us XBox folk don't give no mind about them SONYboys, we have better games 'oer 'ere anyway, them can have them exclusives and whatnot. Good for them, I say.

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Gamers:

PS4 exclusive items - YES! Suck it Xbox! They know the PS4 is better.

Xbox One exclusive items - Omg! What the heck guys?! I would've bought the collector's edition but now I'm not. Hope you choke on the Xbox's money.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> my thoughts excatly

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So why pay the same price for something less????

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Well if you're buying it on XB1 you're paying the same price for something more ; )

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It's just a deck of cards and cloth map that you might look at once. You still get a map in the PC collectors...no big del at all.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Console Rivalry, all heated up. The heat's been rising for quite some time and its exploding bit by bit with each announcement of exclusive content....

This industry is ripping itself apart...

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It's funny how people are calling it a bribe from MS. Maybe you all should think of it as MS providing the extra funds to manufacture the extra physical items. Maybe Sony should put up or shut up if they want exclusive CE gear?
(Disclaimer, I don't play consoles. PC master race!)

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His reasoning was complete bullshit. I was gonna buy the collector's edition for PC but I guess I won't bother now since I would be getting an incomplete set... game companies really need to stop doing this "favoritism" BS.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Technically it is the incomplete set...but it's just a deck of cards, and a cloth version of a map you already get. As long as you get the full game, figure and the most-likely amazing soundtrack, I don't see the big deal.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Dude, its just a stack of cards and a map...I'll get the CE just for the Geralt figurine!....and the game of course.

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Gamers:

PS4 exclusive items - YES! Suck it fanboys! They know the PS4 is better.

Xbox One exclusive items - Omg! Wtf guys?! I would've bought the collector's edition but now I'm not. Hope you choke on the Xbox fanboys' money.

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These companies are going to make a lot of people mad this generation with these types of deals.

Golden age of gaming? Not if these types of announcements keep coming up...

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It does suck. I get that there should be some competition, but literally keeping things from other gamers is a little dirty. Now, even if you don't care for the exclusives on a console, you still have to miss out on content. Timed exclusives, exclusive content, pre-order bonuses, season passes...where does it end?? Why should it take me days to decide what console to buy the game for, where should I buy it from, if I should pre order it, and should I get the season pass? There's just too much exclusive content now. It's almost making me avoid getting some games because I'll feel like I'll buy the wrong edition or buy it from the wrong place and I'll miss out on something.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I think the golden age were the Nintendo 64 days. God that was awesome.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I agree with you, its a total mess now. I feel that this "Golden Age of Gaming" is actually gonna self-destruct in a few years, and the core reason is that it is being run by people with money as their love and profitable business models running in their head.

However, I'd still say that a stack of cards and a map is not worth arguing for...

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Right. In order to fully enjoy all a game can offer, you have to own every platform and buy the game multiple times. Then on top of that pay for the content for each platform from each digital store.

Games have always been a fairly pricey hobby, but it's getting unaffordable for the majority of gamers.

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So they want us to pay the same price for less content. Sorry CD project Red...FU

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<< LINK REMOVED >> seeing as people already said hey im buying the collectors edtion i think its a good price and then CDPR said hey xbox you get a deck of cards too doesnt make it anyless of a good deal for those that got it seriously

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<< LINK REMOVED >> This should make them sad, they are getting FU'd on a stack of cards and a map....

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Damn. An exclusive figure for buying the game from a particular retailer is one thing, but limiting it to a specific platform version of the game... That's F'd up.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You get the figure regardless of which version you get!!! It's only the silly deck of cards and what must be a fake cloth map that are Xbox One exclusive...SO WHAT!?!

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My collector's ed came with a self-sterilization kit, which I thought was pretty weird.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Geralt hates that stuff, so if that was true, it'll still be relevant.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It probably came with lube as well.

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LOL at those who think business' throwing money around for leverage is somehow new or unorthodox. All of these companies do it. Secondly...who here is truly upset they won't be getting map and cards? If so...more power,mountain dew, and doritos to you. It's called business...get over it.

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lol at the weak-minded who are crying and complaining about map and card exclusivity. if you really want those items you can still buy them.


IN-GAME content exclusivity is the valid argument people.