‘Witcher’ Developer Responds to Backlash

Developer CD Projekt Red responds to outcry from gamers over Xbox exclusive card game

A few days ago, CD Projekt Red announced that their already beefy collectors edition of the Witcher 3 will have exclusive physical contents in its Xbox One version. The physical contents consist of a fabric world map and playing cards. In the past, the company promised to never have exclusive in-game content such as weapons, levels or gear for individual platforms, so many consumers thought that statement pertained to physical content as well.

The Xbox exclusive cloth and playing cards can be seen in the bottom right.

After a storm of furious posts and comments in forums across the web, CD Projekt Red gave a response via Eurogamer. CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwińsk said:

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).

So there you have it, the deal was primarily made for marketing reasons. Still, is this CD going back on their word, or just a double standard on the part of consumers to only complain when Xbox receives exclusive content?

Read the Eurogamer article here: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-08-15-the-witcher-3-includes-gwent-a-hearthstone-esque-card-game

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