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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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1606 comments so far...

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: 309 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: 310 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: 124 Joined: 2013-08-03
i got over it
Poser Posts: 3 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: 853 Joined: 2014-01-29
The thread that keeps on giving.
Max-Tac Posts: 3465 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: 1270 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: 1270 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 !"

"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: 309 Joined: 2010-02-12
Partial fucking bullshit.
Moderator Posts: 11717 Joined: 2009-10-11
From at the bottom
"Pre-order content may vary by platform and country. For further details, please refer to the product page or a sales assistant at the store you're buying the game from."
So as to not confuse it is pre order content and not in game content .
CyberPsycho Posts: 1430 Joined: 2014-09-03
Oh lord, I honestly don't give a shit. All I care about is the damn game. Screw the cards, screw the map. They can choke on it for all I care.
Poser Posts: 3 Joined: 2009-07-11
I have on single question for CDProject Team. Why XboxOne Collector's Edition includes more items than PC and PS4 Collector's Edition? I feel abused by this discrimination for the benefit of users XboxOne. I hope CDProject Team reconsider about this and includes the same items in all Collector's Edition versions, sooner or later.
Poser Posts: 10 Joined: 2014-08-21
Posted by: Isen'grim'
Don't know about other people, but personally, it's about the principle. CDPR said "No exlusive content for anyone". CDPR then went "NOPE, JK, LOLZ".
In other words, trust I had, is wavering.
"We are the rebels!" CDPR? Not really, huh?

In the end all, preorders are NEVER a good idea. I wish people stopped doing them.

everyone will claim to be a rebel for cool points. that's until a pile of money shows up in their face.
Moderator Posts: 9040 Joined: 2011-01-09
Moderator: Posts will be deleted. The forum is not for the purpose of arguing about who committed an ad hominem or whether this argument portends the destruction of the community. Take that to another venue.
Moderator Posts: 11717 Joined: 2009-10-11
Posted by: nex3t
if i buy the CE edition, will i be able to redeem the key to steam? or just in GOG?

As for now neither . At this time the CE will come with the game with no plans to use the cd-key if there is any for a digital backup . That may change in the future but as I said for now that would be a no .
Poser Posts: 7 Joined: 2014-02-11
It's kind of strange that in Germany you still can pre-order the CE for XBone via Amazon, but for PC and PS4 it's sold out
Poser Posts: 33 Joined: 2008-12-24
if i buy the CE edition, will i be able to redeem the key to steam? or just in GOG?