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CD PROJEKT RED

The industry leader in creating role-playing games.

Announcing Gwent and bolstering Xbox One Collector’s Edition of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Image - Announcing Gwent and bolstering Xbox One Collector’s Edition of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

We are excited to announce Gwent, a card game experience embedded within our upcoming game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. We are also thrilled to reveal the inclusion of additional physical content in the Xbox One Collector’s Edition of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

About Gwent
Gwent is a fast-paced card game that can be played within The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on every platform. Invented by dwarves and perfected over centuries of tavern table play, Gwent is a game of initial simplicity and ultimate depth, something beloved by both road-weary travelers during long nights around the campfire and elegant nobles looking to liven up dragging dinner parties. The game is about the clash of two armies locked in mortal struggle on a battlefield where the players are the leaders and the cards their forces. With four different factions offering unique combat styles and endless paths to victory, Gwent is every adventurer’s first choice when it comes to one-on-one card-based dueling. Take risks and think on your feet, strategize and deliver cunning combos, use potent magic and mighty hero cards and be the last one standing on the field of honor!

Key Features:
- Over 150 unique playing cards
- 4 distinct factions: the mighty and cunning Nilfgaardian Empire, the brave Northern Realms and their siege weapons, the agile and devious Scoia’tael, and the brutal monsters of No Man’s Land.
- Powerful spells allow players to control the weather and affect units on the battlefield.
- An array of combat styles caters to individual playstyles: close range with heavy knights, long range with skilled archers or artillery with powerful siege weapons.
- Powerful hero cards, unique to each faction.

The Xbox One Collector’s Edition of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will also include additional physical content–Gwent, a highly addictive card game, and a unique cloth map of the in-game world.
The Xbox One Collector’s Edition of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt now contains:
-The standard edition of the game, containing: the official soundtrack, a beautiful and detailed map of the in-game world, unique stickers, and the developer-created “Witcher Universe – The Compendium”
-A giant, 33x24x26 cm, 100% hand painted, Polystone figure of Geralt of Rivia battling a Griffin
-An exclusive, collector grade Witcher medallion-A one of a kind SteelBook™
-A two-hundred page artbook, containing breathtaking art from the game
-A cloth map of the game world-Two Gwent card decks
-Huge outer and inner Collector’s Boxes you can store your Witcher merchandise in!

“Gwent is an amazing game and we’re really happy to be able to bring it to the physical realm with Microsoft’s help. Now we’ve got Gwent in every copy of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as an in-game experience for free on every platform, and a physical version in the Xbox One CE, how awesome is that?” said Marcin Iwiński, CD PROJEKT RED Co-founder and Joint CEO. 

Gwent will be available as an in-game experience for everyone who purchases and plays The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The physical representations of two in-game decks are exclusive to the Xbox One Collector’s Edition of the game.
You can pre-order The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt here.
UPDATE – Statement from Marcin Iwiński, CD PROJEKT RED co-founder:

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).

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CyberPsycho Posts: 1338 Joined: 2012-05-17
Posted by: DonBordello
Now you're just trying to mock me, right?


No, you have misunderstood me, do mockers often repeatedly say sorry to you when disagreeing with you? I'm simply trying to avoid spelling out the steps required to make what I suggest a reality. If you have read a few pages back, you would see that I already did. Once is enough.

And in the same way i'm sorry you feel the way you do, because you'd get upset over something like a digital weapon.
Well again you are making assumptions, I made no statement to this effect, and you do not know me, fact is it wouldn;t bother me that much, but I know it would bother others, and what I do very much appreciate is the maintenance of the integrity of the gaming experience for every Witcher, no matter the platform, I'm hoping among other things it will nullify the console wars on this board at least, and we gamers can unite.

That's great I was thinking about that, too. But i think i will still get the PC CE with a little bitter aftertaste.
Thats great, but GOG will have sales sometime next year should you feel the need to follow my DIY advice. I don't know exactly whats going to happen, but I do know that we will all have options.

The card game has of course already been made a long time ago, since it is in the game. But it still takes a lot of time and planning to actually produce it. And that's something which must have taken place early on. But yes, maybe it's not fun at all and not worth the hassle as you mentioned. I was just curious about a game in the universe (as i am for the board game). But they are most likely going to release it on its own, otherwise it would be quite a waste, wouldn't it
We cannot be sure of that at all as we know zero facts about the complexity of the game. The fact is I could churn out a card game in a week, if I really wanted to. It could even be excellent, and theres some smart guys involved in this company. A lot is going to rest on whether the game is any good. I've said it before, in the world e live in, if something was popular and people wanted it, can you really imagine it not being made available for sale?

Anyway if that wasn't clear enough for you in my first post; i have no hard feelings for cdpr now. I will keep an eye on things like this in the future though.
"Two eyes, as long as I can spare them"
Poser Posts: 2 Joined: 2014-11-27
CyberPsycho Posts: 1338 Joined: 2012-05-17
Posted by: DonBordello
It now makes sense that these new items were planned from the beginning but held back for the Xbox version. Not later on invented and added. They probably even planned to include them but then Microsoft bought them exclusive


No. Sorry, but this is pure supposition. You are making assumptions based on zero evidence. We do not know the background of the business negotiations that led to this, nor do we know the development history of the card game.

For that matter we don;t even know if the game will be worth the fretting, and anyway it will certainly be available for you and everyone who wants it either later on as a separate purchase, or just use your imagination and you could have it day0.

Personally i wouldn't have been bothered by some extra DLC for them. I really don't care if they get an extra sword or color variant or whatever. Those things really don't impact gameplay at all, come on. Most of the time these extra items are outclassed soon with standard items. But the Gwent card game really hits me.
I'm sorry you feel this way, I am supremely confident that you are in the minority over this specific detail. The majority of players want the computer game to be standard across the board for all of us, no pissing about with ingame specials for this or that.

I'm getting the GOG digital version, and you know what.... I will have a cloth map & physical playing cards if they turn out to be worth messing with.
Poser Posts: 2 Joined: 2014-11-27
As i only found out about this recently (i was gone the last three weeks) i'd like to state my opinion here even though it looks like it's been discussed over and over.

I don't feel cheated by CDPR that they changed the Xbox (oh wait...the Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. As they call it now).
So it has a cloth map while others only get the standard map of the standard edition, not a big deal.
It has a whole card game as an addition. This bother me a lot more. It's a whole game you can play! Not just some collectors cards, this is a game on it's own.
And two things no one seems to have realized yet:
The statue size is different, i hope that's only an error: PC/PS 33x24x25 cm and Xbox 33x24x26 cm.
And there is a second CD on the left of the image. It says nothing about that in the list, but it's there.

So while at first i wasn't overly impressed by the CE to be honest, after the fabulous Witcher 2 one. Artbook and Soundtrack is "standard" stuff, the Medallion and Statue are cool and the only special things in it (what am i gonna do with an additional empty steelbook box?) So is the immense price (over the standard edition) worth those two things? It now makes sense that these new items were planned from the beginning but held back for the Xbox version. Not later on invented and added. They probably even planned to include them but then Microsoft bought them exclusive (which would be very sad). Now the thing with this is of course that all the CEs will have the same price but the Xbox one includes more, which should have been in the other CEs, too. Which brings up the question again if the other two CE are really worth their price.

Personally i wouldn't have been bothered by some extra DLC for them. I really don't care if they get an extra sword or color variant or whatever. Those things really don't impact gameplay at all, come on. Most of the time these extra items are outclassed soon with standard items. But the Gwent card game really hits me. I am a big board game lover, too. And seeing them getting an item probably worth 10-15$ for free (not mentioning the map probably around 5-10$ in a merchandise store) feels a bit like a dagger in the back.

I do hope that we, all the non-Xbox buyers, at least get a chance to buy those two things separately for a reasonable price. Part of me is a gamer who would like to try that card game, part of me is a collector who would like to have it all and part of me is a fan of the world who would like to hang a nice cloth map on the wall.

Please make them available. I wont even cover all the "betraying" and everything. CDPR still is my favourite developer and they did so many good things and still are doing so much (look at these 16 free dlcs). But this new event marks the point that even they are not untouchable and while they truly were the one fighting back, it looks like they are slowly taken over.

Tl;dr: Please release the Gwent card game (and cloth map) separately for all others and continue doing awesome things. Try not to do these other things. Otherwise it's hard to wholeheartedly spread the good word.
Tourist Posts: 136 Joined: 2013-08-03
around 150
Tourist Posts: 117 Joined: 2014-03-11
Posted by: speex_97
Getting tired of this. Just look at the post by @Baal_CZ in this thread please and think about what you said.

Do you know what page I can find that on?
Tourist Posts: 136 Joined: 2013-08-03
Getting tired of this. Just look at the post by @Baal_CZ in this thread please and think about what you said.
Tourist Posts: 117 Joined: 2014-03-11
I'm surprised there's no outrage about the steelbooks only being available at certain stores. I just find it funny that no one has a problem with getting extra bonuses for pre-ordering standard edition from a certain store but put a couple of extras in Xbox CE and there are petitions being made I mean, they offer more on gog than they on steam. Why? to encourage people to buy on GoG so they make more money. So that's cool but couple of packs of cards to get a an few hundred thousand sales or so is equivalent to selling their souls to (Microsoft) Satan.

If anything there should be more of a controversy for the SE because that's what the majority of people purchase. But of course it's okay because the retailers demand exclusive content or they wont sell the game just as Microsoft wouldn't show W3 at E3 without a little extra.

sorry for potentially opening up another can of worms but i never gave my two cents on the topic at the time at reading the discussion about the steelbooks reminded me of this and it me chuckle.
Poser Posts: 4 Joined: 2009-08-25
They probably got paid oodles of money from Microsoft and there's nothing wrong with that. CD Projekt has spent huge amounts of money and time making the Witcher series great and getting a big Microsoft payday for what are really pretty negligible extras is not the end of the world. If this dissuades you from buying the Witcher 3 than you probably weren't going to buy it in the first place.
NC Citizen Posts: 310 Joined: 2010-02-12
Posted by: Zer0theHer0
That's exactly what I did.
This is inacceptable... they promised no exclusives, and we're paying the same as Xbox One users for less content. Not gonna buy anything from CDPR anymore.


Aye, it's especially disappointing for those of us who thought CDPR were above the kind of partial piss taking this industry seems to revel in. Apparently they aren't and it's a great shame!
NC Citizen Posts: 322 Joined: 2012-05-30
Posted by: MaineMan65
Not sure why PC gamers do not get the card game with their pre-order. We might like it!

Because games can't be made with magic.
Tourist Posts: 136 Joined: 2013-08-03
i got over it
Poser Posts: 4 Joined: 2011-02-18
Not sure why PC gamers do not get the card game with their pre-order. We might like it!
Booster Posts: 966 Joined: 2014-01-29
The thread that keeps on giving.
Moderator Posts: 3756 Joined: 2010-03-22
Posted by: Zer0theHer0
they promised no exclusives


They promised no in-game exclusives, so I don't view this as them breaking their word in the slightest.
CyberPsycho Posts: 1338 Joined: 2012-05-17
Wow... extreme reaction there mate, curiously delayed. Well its your choice of course but just let me point out theres no consensus of opinion behind you supporting that view on the physical exclusives. Do me a favour... grab a cup of your favourite beverage and consider this post before you cut yourself off with a rather drastic stance.
Poser Posts: 1 Joined: 2014-10-30
Posted by: ~Fandango~
Partial fucking bullshit. I'm tempted to cancel my pre-order.


That's exactly what I did.
This is inacceptable... they promised no exclusives, and we're paying the same as Xbox One users for less content. Not gonna buy anything from CDPR anymore.
CyberPsycho Posts: 1338 Joined: 2012-05-17
"Gather round kids, get your paper & crayons, paints & brushes, glitter & glue, scissors & double-backed sticky tape, and lets make something for fun ! Lets be creative !"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31jMx8GpJ3Y

"Today we've got the RED's digital release from GOG of their amazing game The Witcher 3, look at that beautiful Map included in the extras. Lets take some Muslin, or you could use any cloth of your choice, or even Vellum or Papyrus, cut to the size you would like, and take both these things to a quality printer, I suggest a Laser printer - which you can find everywhere these days e.g. schools, universities, shops & homes - but anything might do these days, and simply print out the map exactly how you would like it. Looks wonderful on your wall eh kids, frame it or simply hang it, and you've DIY, following in the style of the RED's, showing you're worthy of their next release Cyberpunk 2077. Now you wanted to play Gwent on the map but don't have any cards? Never fear, due to the wonder of the internet digital images of these cards will be available for you if you just look around, find them, get them, get some appropriate grade of paper, and back to the printer. You know what to do now!"
NC Citizen Posts: 310 Joined: 2010-02-12
Partial fucking bullshit.