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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I would only care if they make Geralt's silver sword as the extra and of course real-life sized. Hell why not the Wild Hunt Skeleton Mask, the one on the cover of the artbook?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I want Triss's pantie.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Why not Triss herself ?! :D

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God PS Fanboys are a pathetic bunch. They literally whine about EVERYTHING

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yes, because you guys don't whine about everything either. Hint: Destiny Alpha. So much uproar over an Alpha.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Lol , like the same can t said about the xboners .

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Atop a cliff, MS yells at Red to use Yrden...

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Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!

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wouldn't buy collector's edition anyway, so no worries

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"We need to support our partners." Translated - "Microsoft paid us for the exclusivity. "

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<< LINK REMOVED >> What you mean is MS paid for the costs of the extra items...

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<< LINK REMOVED >> What a plot twist

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Dont care. Is the game content different? No? Okay then.

Wipe your ass with the cloth and put the cards on your bike's tires.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Blasphemy lol

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Microsoft has been bribed and Sony is hypocrites. Another win for Nintendo.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> *cough...Bayonetta 2...cough* :-)

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> The only true and pure console is Ouya.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Ok you got me. Sega wins then.

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Funny how when a game has Playstation-exclusive stuff it's just "doing a service for the fans we love", and when the Xbox version of a game has Xbox-exclusive stuff it's "Microsoft threw money at us". Y'all are such hypocrites.

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You fanboys be doing the most. Smh...

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What? you thought Sqare Enix was the end of such things? Trucks of cash tends to make anyone believe even lead is gold. Like the guy said we need to answer this with our wallets.

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Wonder what "to make our game visible worldwide" actually means. CDPR doesn't NEED the extra money to improve their games, they aren't struggling at all. So M$ forcing them to make the Xbox version have some sort of advantage, no matter how little it is. Or else what? They won't let them sell an Xbox One version? I can't imagine Microsoft would willingly lose out on many copies being sold on their system for some extra physical items only available in the Xbox collectors edition, though.

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I will make it simple for you guys. I will not be buying the colliector's edition. That's it. Base game only please.

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The CE is too much for my simple wallet anyway - regardless of platform. Just hope the game is optimised great for all three platforms - esp. for Xbox One (I say that as a PS4 owner who wants his friends to have same experience).

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long story short : Cause they threw money at us

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"support" seems to be the new marketing word to use instead of "paid off"... I'm just glad Playstation is finally getting the game though, so I don't really care personally.

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Microsoft probably told them to add more things than are on the competing console versions, or else they wouldn't let them have their game on the Xbox One.

If that is the case, I think that this is fine, as they didn't do what most developers/publishers do and give system exclusive DLC (locked content), and since they didn't add in anything of much value, though it remains to be seen whether or not they will release time-exclusive DLC in the future.

I can understand being upset about exclusive DLC, statues, soundtracks, etc., but being upset about playing cards and a piece of cloth with a map on it (which is probably in-game anyway) is ridiculous.

CD Projekt seem to be some of the only decent game developers/publishers left.

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I'm gonna be too busy playing to care about this stuff

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The dlc is the important part, as statues, stickers and cards are of no interest to me.

Exclusive in-game features are an annoying plague of the industry.

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Big deal, a world map and some cards, but good to hear there won't be any exclusive DLC. The medallion looks cool though

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People will always find something to complain about over the internet because they feel the need to feel better of themselves. I don't see a problem with it, yeah it should be all but if the devs want to give exclusive content on others platforms. So be it, not a big deal & for the people that are complaining about this matter clearly aren't gamers at all. Who cares just play the damn game.

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I only buy games digitally on my ps4 so this doesn't matter to me but what kind of nerd buys this crap?

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lieth219 well said. Its like what I had touched on a little earlier. Biased gamers should just move to a place that is known for being biased against Microsoft. Like I had said before, most Japanese gamers had no interest in the original Xbox because it was to big(a very popular complaint) fast-foward some years later when Sony launched the ps3, a big & heavy console but the Japanese gamer had plenty of room and bought plenty of units. I had some friends that went to Japan and they had a wonderful time for the most part but had told me how brutally biased the gamers over there were when it came to Xbox. Could you imagine if america had acted the same way with a Japanese game console?

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Yes yes somehow many companies include CD projekt try to "bend over " for MS and they get big "hug".

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Some cards and a map that no one will ever actually use? Isn't that an utterly meaningless difference? Oh, wait... Apparently it's really f****** important.

Some people are just depressing.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Um the gamestop version gets a key chain thats freaking sweet. I hate gamestop but totally buying it from them for it XD

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Now people are crying over not getting a deck of cards & a map? Grow up guys and gals, I own a PS4 too and we get a satisfactory amount of exclusive content ourselves. Let these Xbox gamers have their little, insignificant exclusive toys. Its the game that matters, and thats good because the game looks awesome!