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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proceeder

So they're accepting MS's bribe to make better RPGs.

hmm...

And they're telling people upset about it to go S#$%! themselves.

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parrot_of_adun

<< LINK REMOVED >> If you deliberately misinterpret what they said, then yeah I guess...

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_WilliamWallace

Bribe when MS does it, but normal when sony does it?

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PSYCHOV3N0M

<< LINK REMOVED >> Sony has never bribed a developer for exclusive physical items inside a collector's edition.....

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bunchanumbers

<< LINK REMOVED >> pretty much. Oddly enough I didn't hear any howling in fury about the Destiny stuff. But man. If it isn't on Sony the screams you'll hear.

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WolfgarTheQuiet

@bunchanumbers @_williamwallace Its funny that most devs chose to be exclusive or have extra content on PlayStation since its more profitable console. MS has more money to spend on extra items and even exclusives.


@bunchanumbers: Dude dont know why you have to mention Sony. Its PC fans that are getting upset about this, since Witcher was faithful PC franchise and i prefer and will buy this on PC. Point is it seems i always see you on PS related comments or even unrelated articles to Sony hating, remember The Last Of Us review, thought you would get tired hatin than hahaha. Who cares, go play games.


LOL im upset cause i dont get a map haha, joke right. If i want to extra stuff i'll snap it off eBay, easy.

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_WilliamWallace

"Its funny that most devs chose to be exclusive or have extra content on PlayStation since its more profitable console. MS has more money to spend on extra items and even exclusives"

Sounds like a brandbitch response.

Snap it off eBay then

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bunchanumbers

CDPR did the right thing with this partnership. They ensure that their game gets premium advertising and the extra money they made from this can be used towards other projects. The fact that some cows are mooing in rage over this just shows how great the deal is. And they just have to accept it and move on.

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rasterorSonIU13

Exactly. It's not a big deal at all. Why people get upset is beyond me. Just buy the game used and move on

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bunchanumbers

<< LINK REMOVED >> lol this is getting sad. Its bad enough that they are screaming in fury about the tomb raider exclusivity deal but this? Its a piece of fabric and some paper squares. I could understand the TR thing a little bit but this? Its getting beyond ridiculous.

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rasterorSonIU13

Didn't they say everything was equal a few months back when they announced this collector's edition? That everything was equal, and they were disappointed they couldn't put more in the box?

Lies. Just sayin'.

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lewser5

i would love some of those cards, but i hope they will sell those separately later on, i will be happy with that.

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Thanatos2k

When someone says "If you think this action of mine is making me a hypocrite, well, that makes me sad" instead of explaining why such a view is wrong, that's admitting that you ARE a hypocrite and worse, you know what you did was wrong.


Be "sad" all you want CDPR, just stop with the bs. And don't do it again.

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PSYCHOV3N0M

<< LINK REMOVED >> Yup. They just showed they even THEY can be BOUGHT. This is not a good sign for the future. Let's hope they don't do this again. *NO sarcasm*

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KotomineKirei

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I think they're sad because the people don't see the reason that they're making these items exclusive.

They need to make sure that they have funds, and the Witcher is probably one of the biggest, if not the biggest, sources of their revenue.

They're trying to get the most out of the series so that they don't go bankrupt like several other companies have.

In this view, making two not so significant items such as these exclusive is not a big problem.

If they start making exclusive 'DLC' however, that would likely be the beginning of a bigger problem.

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TazmanianD

Wow, I'm really shocked. I've come to think that CDPR could do no wrong but, while perhaps on the minor side of issues, I can't quite think of them in exactly the same way as I did before.

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kentray1985

please dont laugh at me or bash me but what is CDPR. Lol

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Thanatos2k

<< LINK REMOVED >> CD Projekt Red, the developer of The Witcher 3.

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KURRRN

To all the ps4 fanboy hypocrites, there are a few games that feature exclusive items, maps and other little goodies for the ps4 but that is acceptable. I have both systems but have noticed a trend. There are a lot of ps4 fanboys that are filled with hypocrisy. You manage to be both sore losers as well as sore winners blinded by biased views. So for thoughts that happen to reside in the states perhaps you should pack your s@#$ and move to Japan. There you will be surrounded by biased gamers as well. Well biased against Microsoft. I recall that Japanese gamer wouldn't buy the original Xbox because it was to big, fast forward and here come a big, heavy brick AKA, the ps3 and they just happened to sell very, very well in Japan. Facts are facts and there are plenty to go around but lately a good chunk of ps4 fanboys have lost the ability to grasp that.

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rasterorSonIU13

There is no double standard. I just won't support any game that partners with Sh!tty cancerous M$ with MY money. Feel free to do the same with any game partnering with Sony

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Unfallen_Satan

<< LINK REMOVED >> I have heard a few mentions of hypocrisy. What is the basis of this accusation? I am happy when my PS games get additional stuff and unhappy when Xbox versions do. I expect Xbox users to do the same, and I don't begrudge them when they complain; I don't even join in their conversation. I think that's fair and honest.

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KURRRN

have you read any of the complaints by some of the Ps 4 fanboys? Outraged by the Witcher 3 but its ok for the ps4 to get some extra goodies from games like destiny, shadows of mordor and others. I've got both systems so it's really irrelevant to me but I just can't stand biased fanboy mentality. After all, we are talking about video games not politics. I find it quite entertaining and I do laugh at how pathetic some of these fanboys are. They need to get a grip

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Unfallen_Satan

<< LINK REMOVED >> I think you are the one who needs to get a grip. Unhappy when things don't go my way and happy when they do is human nature. You can't possibly change that or expect anyone else to change it. If someone thinks it's ok when events favor him but not ok when events favor others over him, as though it's some inalienable right, then he has a problem. I have not found that kind of hypocrisy in the comments. Those that call for end to exclusivity seem to genuinely believe it. Others are honest about how much they hate MS or XB1 and don't want anything good for them. If you can share a post or two posts that show someone who hide behind neutrality while playing favortism, then I will join you in condemning people like that.

Now that I think about it, this is what you are doing, isn't it? Maybe you are just as vocal in criticizing XB1 fanboyism, as they are certainly just as vocal as PS4 fanboys. However, your posts adopts a tone of favortism for XB1, or XB1 users, under a veneer of objectivity by proclaiming you own both systems.

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KURRRN

Unfallen_Satan- well there you go, you would expect others to share the same views that you have . its in your post! (I expect xbox owners do the same and I don't begrugde them when they complain.) Yeah but you have no problem begrudging those that find it ridiculous that some Sony fanboys are hypocrites. Wow! you are a hypocrite and by denying it makes you an incompetent thinker. those that don't understand usually make poor assumptions,something which you clearly have shown. as far as my tone as you perceived it, well you're going to see it how you want to see it & not for what it really is. Someone is in a bubble! if gamers really want to go and HATE Xbox or PS well that's just fear, point blank fear. what's wrong? Intellectual stockpile lacking? Look, I don't need you to join me in condemning gamers who are infantile, instead pull the tainted vail from your face, peruse over the comments and look at them through unbiased eyes. if you still cannot see any hypocrisy by some of the sony fanboys well then " I'm just being honest", you need to get a grip! It seems like you have an inate ability to see things for what they are. I see a bunch of hypocrites, not all but certainly plenty. You have a distain for those that go against your grain. I see someone cowardly hiding behind semantics, consumed by biased views. so again, get a grip! You've been usurped!

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Unfallen_Satan

@kurrrn I'll try to make sense of what you wrote, correct me if I am mistaken.

You initial point seems to be that I expect Xbox users to be happy when their Xbox games get additional content and angry if PS games get them instead and that I begrudge those who find Sony fanboy-hypocrites ridiculous, therefore I am a hypocrite. First of all, I don't begrudge those who find hypocrites ridiculous; I myself do. I did not find evidence of the hypocrisy you've claimed and asked you to share some, which you still haven't. My second confusion is even if both conclusions you drew about me were true, in what way does that make me a hypocrite? Is self-serving somehow equivalent to hypocrisy in your eyes, and you see me as being contradictory?

I'm just going to accept for now that you see me as incompetent thinker, since it's impossible to address secondary logic conflicts without first clarifying the basic confusion.

You also say I made false assumptions about you. If so, I am sorry. What false assumptions did I make? Point it out and I will be happy to correct my conclusions.

Midway through your reply, you went on to say people who "HATE" Xbox or PS do so out of fear and are infantile. I don't know the reasons for some people's hate of Xbox. I think some of XB1's unpopular policies, although since reversed, may continue to leave a bad taste in their mouths. Without discussing it with them, I can't say more.

Then you return to your original point about seeing hypocrites, and I must again ask you to share some example of this hypocrisy. I don't have a disdain for those who hold different views as I do, but I have the utmost disdain for people who make claims as truth without providing factual evidence other than "you just have to open your eyes and see things for the way they are."

Finally, I don't understand your claim of my "hiding behind semantics." I place great emphasis on precise meaning in communication. Do you feel that I have abused meaning in our discussion? If so, please also point them out, and I will work to correct myself in the future.

I was not aware that I had a position or something else that you could usurp, but if you think you usurped something, I'd appreciate it if you returned it.


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Rakerian

I think that CDPR was very aware that people would be unhappy with them adding a few extra items to the xbox one CE. They obviously tried to make it as small as possible, hoping that a deck of cards and a map is a small enough difference that people would not be angry about it.

Yes, I suppose it is a bit disappointing to see them giving preference, however small, to one platform, but as long as the actual content of the game remains the same across all platforms I will reserve judgement. The reality is that they have a lot riding on the success of this game. It is by far the biggest game they have done, and will be the game that makes them a true AAA studio. I almost thought I would see comments along the lines of Microsoft kinda got the short end of it, because all they got was a deck of cards and a map for extra advertising dollars.


Getting jealous of a few insignificant items really isn't worth it. The only people who have any real reason to complain are the fans who see this as a sign that in the future CDPR will become like every other developer and give exclusive game content to one platform. If that happens I am right with you. In the past they got a lot fans angry with DRM, and now they are completely DRM free where they can be like on GOG. I suspect that they will hold true to their no exclusive game content. They do listen to their fans, and changed policies accordingly in the past. I think the reaction is so strong only because people actually like CDPR as a developer. Unlike most companies out there, they still have our respect to lose, and here's to hoping that they don't.

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Thanatos2k

<< LINK REMOVED >> If the fans don't push back here, CDPR may think what they're doing is ok. To prevent that future, why not tell them now that it's not acceptable?

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Guantaco

Because like they said the real fans are getting the game anyways. While they are sad to see you go they also realize that partnering with a large partner will result in extra marketing for them. Therefore more reach and exposure for the game.

In the end they don't feel to bad to lose you. They don't care for your sense of entitlement.

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Rakerian

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I agree, we should tell them we don't like it. I guess what I meant was that I felt like they would actually listen to people complaining, and realize they should not do it in the future.

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Unfallen_Satan

<< LINK REMOVED >> I hope everyone will reconsider when directing anger at the game. I think changing CE to regular edition is enough. Boycotting the game is unreasonable unless there is actually in-game difference.

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KURRRN

so let's all boycott Xbox one exclusive goodies as well as the ps4 exclusive goodies and dust off our Wii U's. Boycott, grow up!

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Unfallen_Satan

<< LINK REMOVED >> That's exactly what I am calling for, only for those who are dissatisfied with said exclusive goodies. You are the one who needs to grow up and discuss the issue at hand instead of falling into generalities and exaggerations. If the Witcher 3 were to have timed exclusive content, then yes, I'd advocate PC/PS4 primary users boycott the game until the exclusive period passes. If there are permanent exclusivity, I would exercise more caution. What if each platform has its own unique content? I don't care about Xbox avatars or other such things. Let's not forget we already have console exclusive games that gamers on one console boycott by default. To say these exclusives are so prevalent that by exercising judgment during purchase, we must give up on those consoles and play Wii U instead, is pure hyperbole.

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KURRRN

Unfallen_Satan- I need to grow up because I think it's ridiculous to boycott a video game? Look, i'll tell the jokes here. I love winding up hypocrites such as yourself.it's like taking candy from a slow baby.and it's apparent that you are a stranger to sarcasm. your argument is superfluous because you rather cling on to this fanboy idea then see some of these post's for what they are. You rather backpedal then face the facts because you are narrow minded. I feel bad for you actually. BOYCOTT! Ridiculous! Enjoy waisting time, at the end of the day you are as insignificant as a hypocrite.

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Unfallen_Satan

@kurrrn Here is a tip from the Art of War. Never challenge someone to a battlefield for which he is well equipped, unless you are good enough to use his advantages against him. I've heard stories but not personally met, or really even seen in the news, people of this level of genius.

I also have a personal rule: don't fight in a conflict unless I stand to gain something. Unless you want to provide details to correct mistakes I've made, our argument is now boring me.

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Unfallen_Satan

<< LINK REMOVED >> Although I am a bit tired of repeating myself, I'll do it once more for your benefit. I am not calling for a boycott of The Witcher 3. Your first comment wasn't even about boycotting the game, you specifically implied that boycotting "exclusive goodies" was ridiculous. It's not. Boycotting a undesirable business practice, obviously by those who find it undesirable, has been an established consumer practice for many decades. I don't think consumers have any other meaningful tools besides boycotting and inciting bad publicity to combat those business practices. If you have reasons why I am mistaken or why games should be different, do share.

Although I find it wasteful and pointless, I am tempted to make some unsupported aggressive (such an apt description that I learned from another poster) claims of my own. Here goes. You are a logically and rhetorically challenged boor who hides the fact that you are unable to think or argue beyond one unsubstantiated yet obsessed over characterization of me, namely that I am a hypocrite, that you have to shout meaningless and repetitive statements into comments that are both related and tangential to your obsession and hope that if you write them loud enough and often enough, it will somehow gain some relevance. There. I don't know, it's not as catchy as "it's like taking candy from a slow baby" or "You've been usurped!"

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jenovaschilld

This is more of an ad then a game news story, but it is gamespot so whatcha expect, huh. Anyways I love maps, and cloth maps. I do wood working and have made picture frames for a couple of decades, which I always make one for Skyrim, blue star silver star story, and EQ, and others I have collected over the years. I love it when guests come in my house and stop and pause at the pictures in each room, knowing they have seem that somewhere before.

I get more compliments on the frames and maps then my family photos do, which my wife hates.

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Joefatty2x4

To be honest, this is the same kind of first step that every developer takes when they start to sell out. Granted this is something small and isn't anything being taken from inside the game and being exclusive to xbone, but like i said, it's a first step. I don't think i've ever seen platform exclusive physical content before. CDPR is my favorite developer, so let's hope they don't fall prey to worldwide attention and all these awards that they keep winning. I can settle with exclusive physical items (though i really want that cloth map), but if they ever hold make platform exclusive game content, they'll lose a chunk of my respect, and many others'. If they ever design a game for consoles first and PORT it to PC, they will lose all of my respect. Right now, they're the number one PC developer, regardless of what anyone has to say about that.

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kentray1985

Ps4 fans is crying about this but they had nothing but negative comments to xbox fans when bungie announced the exclusive content for destiny. Ps4 fans even cry when the xbox one gets exclusive games. My favorite games are gears of war and dead rising but that dont stop me from having a ps4 to play games Iike infamous and the last of us. My point is that yall selfish fan boys need to chill out because the ps4 is getting its share of exclusive content. Stop getting heart broken when exclusive content flow to the xbox one. Yall people have got to change for the better. If theres content you must have or games you must play for the xbox one then get a xbox one. Stop crying on twitter to these devs because thats just getting ridiculous! Its like yall begging for content and games for the ps4 like theres nothing coming out for it, SMH.

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Unfallen_Satan

<< LINK REMOVED >> I agree. There should be less crying and more simply not buying the PC/PS4 CE and encouraging others to do the same. I am sure XB1 fans will pick up the drop in sales. If the surge in XB1 CE sales actually exceed cancellations in the other CE, then that proves CDPR made the right choice.

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kentray1985

Why wouldnt you buy the witcher 3 on your ps4 or pc just because its not getting extra physical content. That doesnt make sense because the real prize should be the game. Some of you gamers need to get your priorities right because last time I checked it was all about the games. No physical content, no purchase. Now that sound pathetic!

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Unfallen_Satan

<< LINK REMOVED >> I specifically said not buying the CE. I am no less excited about the actual game.

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kwijeebou

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> No, there should be less crying and people shouldn't be canceling their CE. Are you that focused on material things? Really. Some cards and a map. CARDS AND A MAP. You aren't going to support this company as much because some people are getting a couple more pieces of paper than you? Just think about that and let it sink in. If you really think you should be encouraging others to say "**** you" to this company because of that then you're just selfish and dumb.

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BamaGoatt

<< LINK REMOVED >> there is a difference in extra physical items vs extra digital content.

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kentray1985

Ok well get mad at Sony for not purchasing extra physical items or if you can afford it get a xbox one. Do anything but cry to hard working devs on twitter, Its wrong anyway you put it.

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BamaGoatt

@kentray1985 I'm not on Twitter and I am complaining at cd project red not m$. This was a bad move to alienate the hardcore pc fans like me if they are lucky I won't steal it and will actually wait for a $10 price tag.

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WestMuerto

I don't get the stupid comments and complains, is not like all of you are getting the collectors edition. Most gamers will pick the standard edition, which will be the same across all platforms. Is not like you are getting less DLC, or a mission missing, is a part of the "collectors edition", not important. If console gamers weren't againts digital distribution they would get some good deal, i paid less than $50.00 for my game on gog.com The console fans, complain about everything.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> the complaints are from those of us that feels they are giving extra physical items to a company that wanted to drown us in drm. This makes me feel changes are coming to gog and cd project red are they now going to embrace drm like others do? I almost preordered this on pc but after finding out two items won't be included I will just wait for it to drop under $10.

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WestMuerto

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You shouldn't worrie about CD turning to DRM, this game will DRM free. But also you can get the game from many other stores, like Steam, Greenmangaming, etc. gog.com will intruduce gog,com/galaxy. Can't speak about the consoles, but the point is that this is silly, games like Destiny are getting exclusive content, Batman AK also get exclusive content for PS4, that is the real problem. Your complain should got towards actions like this, not against a couple of items in a collectors edition, that won't alter the core of the game itself .

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rasterorSonIU13

Lol maybe they're trying to increase their X.bone sales from 100 to 120.

I don't support anyone who aligns themselves with MS, though, so used it is after Bloodborne

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Unfallen_Satan

I cancelled my pre-order for PC CE, and I encourage everyone who pre-ordered the PC or PS4 CE to do the same. I am sure CDPR has good reason to add those items to the XB1 CE, but the fact remains the PC and PS4 versions are now inferior for the same price. I will still buy the regular edition of the game, though, since this is only a CE issue. Buying the regular edition also feels more right since CDPR's position is that the in-game content across all platforms are equal, all who support that attitude should get the edition that most accurately reflects this attitude.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> The other versions of the CE should cost ~$5 less, going by the materials missing.

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Unfallen_Satan

<< LINK REMOVED >> I think it's worth a bit more, perhaps $10, but I would be ok with such differential pricing for different goods.