While developer CD Projekt Red remains committed to their promise of not having platform- or retailer-exclusive DLC in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, that has not extended to physical items in the Collector's Editions, with Xbox One getting a few extra unique collectibles.
All Collector's Editions will come with an artbook, statue, paper map, soundtrack CD, steelbook case, medallion, and collector's box. However, the Xbox One Collector's Edition also includes a cloth map and two decks of Gwent cards based on a mini-game in The Witcher 3, which aren't available on other platforms.
CD Project Red has responded to concerns from fans about the Xbox One exclusives, saying that they do not believe it breaches their promise to deliver the same game experience on each platform, as it is limited to physical bonuses.
"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," said the developer's Marcin Iwiński in a statement sent to Eurogamer.
"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."
The Witcher 3 is being developed for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, and is due for release in February next year.