CD Projekt’s Witcher 3 Unboxing Video Released – Causes Massive Riot

With the news about the cool new card game Gwent being included in The Witcher 3 and the new gameplay vids pouring out of Gamescom, it sort of goes without saying that CD Projekt Red’s newest game is perhaps its most hyped and hotly anticipated title yet. To fan the flames, so to speak, the Polish developer recently did a neat “un-boxing” video showing off all the fantastic loot available in the Collector’s edition of the game. You can view the overly melodramatic video below and drool at all those delicious CE goodies:

So, why the riot? Are people pysched about all those neat pack-ins?

No, apparently, since CD Projekt is now being compared to Electronic Arts in a massive 112 page thread on their forums. It would seem PC gamers (And a few PS4 folks) are angry that the Gwent playing cards and the cloth map are EXCLUSIVE to the Xbox One Collector’s package.

You can read through the thread if you don’t mind losing a few brain cells, but it’s full of wild statements, cancelled pre-orders (yeah, right) and pleas for boycotts. All over a deck of playing cards and a cloth map.

Though I understand the disappointment behind the community riot (Which also continues in the comments section of the youtube video I linked), I don’t think this is enough to compare CD Projekt to EA. Truth is, the Xbox One is still floundering, in comparison to the PS4 anyway, and Microsoft needs to do everything it can to make it look like the more attractive choice in the ongoing next-gen console wars. As a PC gamer myself who plans on playing it on my desktop, I don’t see a problem with the cards and map being Xbox only. I’m sure I’ll be too busy playing the game to actually care.

If only they knew what “real” betrayal was. Like when a company releases one version of a game that is incomplete, then releases the “completed” version and then never releases it in your territory. I’d take a simple pack of missed playing cards and a map over *that* any day.



Carl is both a JRPG fan and a CRPG'er who especially loves European PC games. Even with more than three decades of gaming under his belt, he feels the best of the hobby is yet to come.

  1. Hydroninja9
    August 16, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I can understand why people are upset , Witcher has been seen as a “pc” kindof game , like skyrim is a “pc” game. I feel like people are worried that the xbox one might have some sort of exclusive benefits (like maybe dlc or something).

  2. RPGEndBoss
    August 16, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    But CDP has already said, and always maintained, that there will never be exclusive DLC to any of their games, since they believe in platform equality. Any fan of CDP knows they’d never do something as dirty as that.

    I know people think this is some silly kind of “slippery slope” but that’s just ridiculous thinking, IMO.

  3. Truner Razer
    Truner Razer
    August 16, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    I don’t care as long as that medallion is included in the PC version as well. Been meaning to replace the one included with the second game. That one’s just too flat. I still wear it daily though.

  4. Hydroninja9
    August 16, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    and its also in fashion to hate the xbone right now ;)

  5. RPGEndBoss
    August 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    That’s so very true.

    I have my issues with MS, but I think if the PS4 had the exclusive cards and map, you wouldn’t see this level of hate.

  6. Chris Gregoria
    Chris Gregoria
    August 16, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Ha, I like the jab at Vesperia. That said, the PS3 version was the ENTIRE reason I bought my PS3 originally, and my 360 has collected dust since…Also, the PS3 version of the game is so wildly superior to the 360 version, I would highly recommend it to anyone interested. You can get through the majority of the game without any help if you just know the english 360 one inside and out, like most Tales fans do.

  7. artemisthemp
    August 16, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Actually Microsoft was offer Heavy Rain but, they said no

  8. nonscpo
    August 16, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Not that I particularly care, but if they charge the same for both boxset’s then I can see why people are furious over this.

  9. RPGEndBoss
    August 16, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Patty Fleur FTW.

  10. Chris Gregoria
    Chris Gregoria
    August 16, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Yes. So much Yes. I liked playing as Flynn too, but Patty was too much fun.