E3 2014: CD Projekt Outs The Witcher 3 Collector’s Edition and GOG-Exclusive Pre-Order Package

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So, we now know the exact launch date for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. If you haven’t heard already, it’s coming out on February 24th, 2015. Now that a date is set, you’re probably eager to start making pre-order plans. CD Projekt RED’s got you covered.

For starters, the base standard edition of The Witcher 3 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (pictured below) will come with the type of extras that used to be common in video game boxes before it became eco-friendly and cost efficient to stop printing manuals in favor of digital in-game instructions. Off the shelf, for $59.99, you’ll get the game discs (Blu-ray on consoles, DVDs on PC), a case with a stylish cover sleeve, an actual instruction manual you can take with you to read on the toilet (come on, you know you do it too!), the official soundtrack on CD, a fold-out poster map of the game world, a set of stickers, and another booklet called “Witcher Universe – The Compendium.” Again, every copy of the game will include all this good stuff.

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A collector’s edition will also be made available, for a higher price that the press release does not mention (retailer listings show it for $150). This limited edition, as pictured at the top of the page, will include all of the aforementioned standard edition goodies, plus these collectible extras:

– A giant, 33x24x26 cm (10”), 100% hand painted, Polystone figure of Geralt of Rivia battling a Griffin
– An exquisite, collector-grade Witcher medallion
– A one-of-a-kind SteelBook™ box
– A two-hundred-page artbook, containing breathtaking art from the game
– Huge outer and inner Collector’s Boxes you can store your Witcher merchandise in!

For digital download PC customers, CD Projekt’s own GOG.com service, which will soon be launching a new client called GOG Galaxy, is the place to go for the best pre-order offer on the planet. The GOG-exclusive perks are incredible:

• An instantly-available copy of Neverwinter Nights™, the award-winning Dungeons & Dragons (www.dungeonsanddragons.com) game, an inspiration for generations of developers

• A great pre-order price and, on top of it, up to 10% off for players who already own The Witcher and its sequel The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

• A Fair Price Package for gamers living in regions where the price is higher than in the U.S.: get back the price difference in form of in-store coupons to grab other GOG.com games!

• Two multiplayer beta-access keys to The Witcher Adventure Game, coming soon

• Tons of bonus goodies such as the digital artbook, The Witcher comic book, bonus music tracks and desktop wallpapers

• Guaranteed more great goodies that will pop up during the pre-order period

As indicated above, returning fans will get a great deal on GOG.com. If you own both previous games and register your PC/Mac product keys to redeem free backup copies on GOG, the price will be knocked down by 20%, to $47.99. That’s a sweet deal.

You also may have noticed in the pre-order package a listing for beta access to The Witcher Adventure Game. Yes, that is confirmation that the previously announced tabletop board game of the same name by Fantasy Flight Games is being adapted into a standalone PC/Mac title. (Versions for Android and iOS tablets are in the works as well.) The Witcher Adventure Game will be the first GOG.com title to be powered by the new Galaxy client technology.

Thus a day full of exciting The Witcher news draws to a close. Now back to re-watching that spectacular Wild Hunt E3 trailer another couple dozen times. Who’s with me?

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