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CD Projekt RED Comments on Xbox One Exclusive Collector’s Edition Items

OnlySP: CD Projekt RED has issued a statement following the less then desirable reaction to the Xbox One version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt obtaining some exclusive items in its version of the collectors edition.

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Lucas221095d ago (Edited 1095d ago )

what hypocrites

PockyKing1095d ago (Edited 1095d ago )

How so? Microsoft has been promoting the game at every event, they're offering the game DRM free on PC and this is the first Witcher entry to even appear on a Playstation platform.

These guys are some of the best and most sincere devs around and they're getting shit on for giving something back to the company that has promoted them the most?

I understand the want for parity across platforms, but even so this doesn't warrant the comments that CD Projekt is getting one bit. Especially for their past history.

Lawboy21095d ago

I completely agree....I really wish I had money to support these guys I would buy the collectors edition...they are a really good developer

-Foxtrot1095d ago

"and they're getting shit on for giving something back to the company that has promoted them the most?"

Yet they talk about treating all platforms equally? Come on, you can't say something like that and then do this, it's contradicting. It makes you look bad, so it's their fault at the end of the day.

If Microsoft have been promoting this at all their gaming events then that's up to Microsoft, CD Projekt would still have a choice when it comes to their game on what to do with it.

You should never have exclusive goodies in collectors editions when everyone is paying the same price for it. It's bad enough we've got to the point we're pre order or exclusive content in game is accepted, obviously we don't accept it as gamers but it still happens because that's what developers/publishers think.

PockyKing1095d ago (Edited 1095d ago )

-Foxtrot,

From the things I've read, they're trying to make the same GAME experience. Nowhere did they ever say that Collector's Edition would be the exact same across all platforms. Plus, they have time to announce more stuff.

People took that console parity to the extreme without going into specifics of what it actually meant to CD Projekt RED.

They are a far cry from what we've come to expect from the normal developer or publisher nowadays. These little items in the Collector's Edition is being blown WAY out of porportion simply because it's coming to the Xbox platform.

I own both consoles, I've got no bias towards either. Both sides of the spectrum have gotten their fair share of exclusive content over the years. No company is perfect, and if Microsoft has been promoting the game the most, I personally think it's fine that the XB1 version is getting a little something extra.

Do I agree with it, not really, but I see why it's happening. And those fans that really want that Collector's Edition will still buy it either way.

And there's CERTAINLY a better way to go about these things then what people are doing towards the developers. It's sick how people treat game developers for something like this.

GribbleGrunger1095d ago

I'm a PS4 owner and I see nothing wrong with this either. It only makes sense to give the company that promoted you on consoles a little something in return.

Army_of_Darkness1095d ago

I don't get what the big deal is?? Has no effect on the actual game itself so freakin' relax.
Not happy about the limited edition, then don't buy it. Simple.

darthv721095d ago

So MS is paying the $$ to have a little something extra included in the box contents (not the game itself) and people are going bat crap crazy because they are not getting the same stuff in their preferred version.

Actually...they are getting the same things. As it relates to the initial CE version. All 3 versions are getting the same game, the same statue, the same odds and ends. Its only the XB1 version that is getting a bonus gift from MICROSOFT...NOT CD Projekt.

If collectors want to buy the XB1 version because of those extra trinkets, so be it. That doesnt mean that they cant buy the game itself for their preferred platform. In many cases that's what collectors do. They buy one for playing and one for displaying.

No rule says the one for displaying MUST BE the same one for the preferred platform. It would not surprise me if the XB1 CE version sells more in spite of the low system sales. That would just prove the point of collectors buying it for all the stuff in the box more so than the game itself.

It happens people...get over it.

XBLSkull1095d ago

Don't like it? Protest the game and don't buy it. Use the power of the purse.

TomShoe1095d ago (Edited 1095d ago )

Translation: Microsoft wrote a nice fat check.

XBLSkull: Or just buy it used.

darthv721095d ago

@tom...do people actually trade in their collectors editions complete?

Or do you mean buy the collector edition (for the stuff) and then buy a used copy of just the game?

christocolus1095d ago (Edited 1095d ago )

@pocky

This is so sad. These same guys attacking this dev and starting up petitions online always feel they are entitled to everything out there. Cd projekt imo shouldn't have to explain themselves&its same with Crystal Dynamics. Sony has done some exclusive deals too yet we didn't see xbox fans flaming and sending death threats to the developers..yet its same people who ordered toys r us to bring down ads promoting xbox one..its same users who have destiny dlc for a year, farcry4 exclusive share functionality and batmans scare scrow exclusive game modes (forever)yet they are here's complaining abt physical exclusiv content. Its really embarrasing to see grown dudes act so pathetic..you like it? Then go get it on xbox. The witcher2 was on 360 and MS is partnering with them now,what's so difficut to understand?

“ 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.”

The choice is yours to make just as CD has stated above.. If the extra content makes you so envious and filled with hate then don't buy the game at all or you could suck up your bias and buy it on Xbox one. Its easy as abc.

@lawboy

Its really shameful. Can't believe these guys actually had to make a statement. Wow.

SonyAddict1095d ago

I played the first witcher on pc and gave up an hour into the game and the same with the second witcher..This franchise is an acquired taste and I think a lot of people who didn't play the first two won't be bothered to play this especially those with a ps4!.

Ezz20131095d ago (Edited 1095d ago )

All 3rd party exclusives Content deals need to DIE

and this goes to Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo

KevinRHG1095d ago

Games have Collector Editions all the time with no other way of getting the contents. World of Warcraft does this with every expansion and even at events for pets.

I believe there is nothing wrong with what CD Projekt is doing.

christrules00411095d ago (Edited 1095d ago )

By the words of CD Project Red, "We are treating all gamers equally," says CD Projekt Red co-founder Marcin Iwinski. "We'll not deliver exclusive content to any of the platforms, nor will we artificially delay release of the game on any of the platforms because somebody's paying us money for that. It's definitely against our values. We are not doing that."

Article link : http://www.escapistmagazine...

What a bunch of hypocrites. They are also forgetting that PC gamers have been supporting them from the beginning as well.

darthv721095d ago

@christrules... "We are treating all gamers equally," yes in regards to the game itself.

"We'll not deliver exclusive content to any of the platforms" yes, in regards to the game itself.

"nor will we artificially delay release of the game on any of the platforms because somebody's paying us money for that." yes, the game is releasing at the same time on the respected platforms.

"It's definitely against our values. We are not doing that." and so far they have stayed true to their words.

There is the regular version for PC, PS4 and XB1. There is the CE version for PC, PS4 and XB1. MS has added in a bonus gift that they paid to have made specifically for the XB1 CE. Sony could have done the same but they didn't.

CDPR are staying true to their words and the game will be released accordingly. If you want to complain, complain to the other platforms for not adding in something special at their own expense.

mechlord1095d ago

From the overblown responses here, im guessing im in the minority when I say this:

Well, there is always a little envy there for the things I cant get. I say cant because im a ps gamer and cant / wont get 2 consoles. Thing is, I never really buy CEs because all I want is the game that will be the same. Now, if all you want is to collect, im under the impression that collectors buy 2 copies of these things: a regular and a collectors edition. Even for the die hard ps fans, you always just buy the xone CE if all you want is to "collect it". The game is the same. Isnt that what really matters?

donthate1095d ago (Edited 1095d ago )

@fox:

Where were you when we all pay the same, but PS4 is getting digital goodies on Watchdogs, Street Fighter Collector's edition and a host of other games?

We all pay the same right?

Heck, in many instances not everyone get the same experience, after all we aren't getting the same resolution, and frame rate either.

We all pay the same right?

sonarus1095d ago (Edited 1095d ago )

I predict if microsoft can't start to pull closer to ps4 and gap continues to widen, then MS would really really need to play serious money for exclusives that will end up with weak sales at least in comparison to ps4. Then ps4 will be getting all the best stuff and i wonder if the general tone then will be all 3rd party exclusives must die.
MS still haven't affected a franchise i truly care about. I think the throwing money at devs thing just rubs ppl the wrong way.

700p1095d ago

Sensitive whiny gamers out there. This is exactly why nobody takes gamers seriously. ITS A GAME.

mcarsehat1095d ago

Lately there have been daily articles containing a game developer's apology to certain kind of gamers. Literally all people do now is complain, no, they actually sulk like little kids. The more game players sulk, the less serious they will be taken when it comes to games having some sort of pull in the real world.

Announcement
Sulk
Apology

- in that order.

DragonKnight1095d ago

"These guys are some of the best and most sincere devs around and they're getting shit on for giving something back to the company that has promoted them the most?"

Have you considered that, up until the Witcher 3, Sony weren't even given a chance to promote Witcher games? Rewarding a company for promoting you by granting its userbase exclusive content just because of said promotion just completely ignores the fact that you never gave the other company any chance to do the same.

This is just part of the same exclusive content B.S. that people always flip flop on whenever it benefits them, forgetting that it benefits no one.

Haki11121094d ago

@ Foxtrot I've seen you on every article about this so I got these for you http://www.maxconsole.com/m...

Eddie201011094d ago (Edited 1094d ago )

I posted this on the articles page and it was deleted, so I re posted on his page and now I am posting here.

Pre order items are free and it's up to the individual weather or where they want to get them.

Exclusive DLC is almost always timed and every platform gets eventually and in most cases for free.

Collectors edition of games are very expensive and most people that buy them buy them for the physical items. They are charging every one the same Price Of $149.99 but two platforms , the PC and Playstaion 4, are not getting the Extra 5 to 10 dollars worth of content. Like I said it's not like time exclusive DLC where every one gets it eventually, people who buy the PC version do not get the addition content sent to them six moth down the road.

This whole deal seams kinda stupid to me, it's not going to sell more consoles , they don't even make that many of them. Most of time they end not selling them all and a couple months later can be found for considerably less than retail. I have gotten most of my collectors editions for much less than retail. plus The Witcher 2 CE had poor packaging and many people ended up with broken statues( go the the games forums and you will see for yourself). This move only gains them something with Xbox fanboys, I can't see it making much difference in console sales or game sales.

The ones that defend this deal with Cdproject and Microsoft are many of the same people that bitch to no end about Destiny (Bunji) deal with PS4. The difference is that they are not excluded from the game by the deal and they will eventually get the Exclusive DLC.

With The Witcher 2 PC and PS4 gamers will never get the extra content in the CE and have to pay the same price.

With the New Tomb raider game people are being excluded, people that bought the game at a higher rate than on the console that has exclusivity. plus Pc and Playstion are the platforms the game is more associated with.

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come_bom1095d ago (Edited 1095d ago )

Yep, hypocrites. Such hate against Microsoft. Unbelievable.

Everything that Microsoft does, people start complaining and bit**ing. If Sony does the same thing, everything good... but when it's Microsoft... all hell breaks loose.
Sometimes I'm ashamed to be part of this gaming world. Everyone thinks we are crybaby's, always moaning about something.

CD Projekt RED are great developers that deserve our support. As for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, PC version for me without a doubt.

EDIT: @PockyKing
Yep. Nintendo paid for Bayonetta 2 development, and there were still people complaining that it's not multiplatform. * shakes head *

PockyKing1095d ago

There's always a group that's not happy about something that's exclusive though. Bayonetta 2 ring any bells?

BiggerBoss1095d ago

What about when Xbox fanboys were moaning about how bungie betrayed them, and how the season pass should be cheaper on Xbox? Fanboys exist on both sides and complaining definitely exists on both sides. I personally don't find this particular issue that bad. I'd rather Xbox get some trading cards than exclusive dlc any day

Eonjay1095d ago

You damn right its a problem. CD were the ones who promised no special favors. We see it all the time but if you say you are different, be different.We have Microsoft to thank for injecting cash into everything like its the answer to everthing. But CD was right, the final decision is in our hands.

AgentSmithPS41095d ago

I don't care about Microsoft or what big red did in the past, this is about people being ok with inequality from a dev that apparently used to have a better reputation.

From their excuse this just seems to be a lazy way to get more publicity, they should've just stuck to making great games and thinking up better ways to market them. They should stop with this 'political BS' and just man up and do it the right way.

Even a journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first step (in the wrong direction, and at the end you have EA ;).

aliengmr1095d ago

@Eonjay

No. CDPR meant the game.

Just because you and a few others (that evidently care more about junk than the actual game) took it to mean every single thing the same, is on you.

MAULxx1095d ago (Edited 1095d ago )

People hate MS for many reasons.
CD Projekt Red is like the opposite of MS in terms of the way the do business.
Also, when speaking to customers, MS speaks BS & CD Projekt shoots it straight.
In these terms, they are polar opposite.

levian1095d ago

I'm not in the group that has a hate boner for Microsoft. I own a PS4, and while I'd be happy about getting content like this for no extra price, I'd still be kinda angry if Sony got the exclusive extras. It's not fair to anybody. I don't care if you ditch the extra goodies for free and make it $20 more expensive, but for every platform. Give everybody the option.