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.