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Unboxing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Collector’s Edition for Xbox One

Posted on August 17, 2014 at 3:16 pm by Justin Cavender

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Collector's Edition

Microsoft shared an unboxing video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Collector’s Edition on Xbox One, which contains a few exclusives not found on the PS4 or PC versions. You’ll find a list of all the contents listed below, but note that the cloth game map and two Gwent card decks are exclusive to the Xbox One. Is this a big deal? We at Geek Legacy don’t seem to think so, but plenty of fans appear to be up in arms over the missing items.

On Friday, CD Projekt Red co-founder Marcin Iwiński, responded to fans by issuing a statement to Eurogamer, which can be read in its entirety below.

Looking at the heated comments, I believe that our announcement of the physical addition of two decks of Gwent cards and a cloth map, requires a further word from us.

Here at CD Projekt Red, we always put gamers first. Our PC versions are released DRM-free, we bend over backwards to give you the most beefed up editions of our games (be it standard or Collector’s), and we deliver the same game, regardless of platform or version you buy. Moreover, we promised not have any exclusive DLCs, neither per platform nor per retailer, and we do stand by our promise–nothing has changed, nor will change in this regard.

Don’t get me wrong, I do understand that these extra items might be desirable for Witcher fans playing the game on other platforms. However, as we are not offering any platform or retail exclusive DLCs or any other form of gameplay differentiation, we do have to find other ways to support our partners. We are also providing special pre-order items for certain retailers around the world, including Witcher comic books, posters, steel books or medallions. Funnily enough, we did not notice any heated comments on the pre-order specials.

What is the reason? Why are we doing this? We need the support of partners to make our game visible worldwide. 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.

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.
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).

What’s Inside the Box:

  • Standard edition of the game
  • A 10″ hand painted Polystone figure of Geralt battling a Griffin
  • An exclusive Witcher medallion
  • SteelBook
  • A two-hundred page artbook
  • Collector’s Boxes to store your Witcher loot
  • A cloth game map
  • Two Gwent card decks

Are you upset over the exclusive items? Did you plan on getting the Xbox One version anyway? Perhaps you’re pointing and laughing at your fellow gamers missing out on the cloth map. Suckers! The rest of us will just play the game and be happy.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will launch for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on February 24, 2015.

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