The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Physical Copy is Amazing

Just think about this for a moment, when was the last time you bought a really good physical copy of a game?

Mine was Dark Souls, not only did I have the game but it also included a concept art book and original soundtrack all in the normal price. Developers and publishers don’t have to do this as it will obviously cost them more (downloads are significantly cheaper as there is no packaging, game manuals etc.), however it shows that they actually care about the people playing their games.

Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Un-Boxed

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt includes a soundtrack, a map of the game world, a game manual and wolf head stickers, plus 16 free DLC’s.
CD Projekt RED have done something similar with their physical release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. I’m not saying that all disc copies have to come with loads of free extras, but it’s nice, and it makes you feel appreciated as a gamer. This is something that hits you as soon as you open up The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as the game’s developers have left a message inside for players.
“First of all, we would like to thank you for your support. We really appreciate that you have decided to spend your hard-earned money on our game and hope that you will have a fun time playing it.”
“At CD Projekt RED, we believe that when you buy our games, you’re entitled to continuous, free support – updates, patches, and bits of new and amazing content.”
The game also includes a soundtrack featuring many of the games’ great tracks, a map of the game world, a game manual (something of a rarity these days) and wolf head stickers. There was also a statement inside saying that players can look forward to 16 free DLC’s!
How is this not epic?
This is a very nice touch and one which increased the already large grin I had when experiencing The Witcher for the first time. Being a PlayStation owner I haven’t been able to play the other games in the series, though I’m now familiar with the story, and my early impressions with the game are very good.
I’d liken it to one of my favourite TV shows Game of Thrones, and it being heavily story-focused is just a plus in my books.
I wouldn’t say it often but if you are considering picking up The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt refrain from downloading and instead pick up a copy at your local game shop or have it delivered.
Amazon is selling it at the same price as a digital-only code, so why not get the extras.

So what do you think? Is this the right way to release a game? Would this sway you away from downloading games?

Published at Non-Fiction Gaming.

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