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The Witcher 3 Xbox One digital copy is cheaper, unlocks early, and is available for pre-order [Updated]

[Update] Looks like the Game + Expansion Pass Bundle is receiving that same 10% discount. The expansion pass will include both expansion packs for the game that will add 30+ hours of gameplay to the existing game. Both packs are launching later this year. The Game + Expansion Pass bundle will normally set you back $84.99, but thanks to that 10% digital discount you can grab it from the store for $76.49.

Yesterday, CD Projekt Red announced that The Witcher 3 went gold just in time for its May 19 release next month. Now, the game has now become available for pre-order and pre-download for the Xbox One. However, that's not the biggest news coming out today.

When the pre-order page in the Xbox Store went up last night, people began to realize that the game was being offered at $53.99 instead of the usual $59.99. Upon further investigating, it seems it is not a pricing error, and instead CD Projekt Red is giving digital buyers a nice 10% discount. But that's not it.

If you buy the game digitally, not only will you get it at a discount but you will also be able to enjoy the game hours before your friends that are camping out at their local GameStop waiting for May 19, 12:01am. For us United States peeps, the digital game will unlock at 7pm EST/4pm PST.

CD Projekt Red has gone a long way since announcing the game to get gamers on their side, and this just adds to that. A couple of months ago it was announced that The Witcher 3 will feature 16 DLC packs that will all be completely free when released. These DLC packs will include things like hairstyles, armor sets, and new quests.

The Witcher 3 releases May 19 (officially) and is said to contain approximately 100 hours of gameplay.

32 Comments
  • Hmm. As New Zealand is one of the first countries to see in each new day I wonder if we will get it even earlier.
  • Gog.com has discount aswell(only if you were subscribed to their newsletter)
  • Hot digity damn. Hopefully this pricing becomes a trend...
  • I'm hoping for the same thing!
  • I agree. It's a nice incentive for people to buy digitally, especially during the first month or so after release when you can find some physical copies a little cheaper from people trading it in. I'd much rather see a developer get the money than Gamestop.
  • Hopefully someday this "big bad GameStop" drivel will stop. The amount of money I've saved going there instead of Best Buy or online with GOG and the like is staggering.    Anyways, awesome of them to do this. Getting to play it hours earlier isn't a huge thing but a nice little bonus never hurts.
  • Beep beep
  • This is great news!!!
  • Bethesda should do something similar with the next Elder Scrolls.
  • Awesome...im still torn between digital and physical copies. I started out with anything over 20gb I buy the physical copy. However, I do like not having to swap discs.. What do you guys do? Digital, physical or a little of both
  • I bought 4 TB Seagate from Costco and I have 2 xbox one placed at my living room and my 24" monitor at my desk.  I choose digital because selling game at gamestop, bestbuy, amazon are major ripoff.  After I download my game to my external drive, I take that drive and copy it to my 24" monitor desk.  No hassle.  If you have the bandwidth and rarely trade games, choose digital.  Xbox live sale are awesome and cheaper than physical. edit... I download all digital purchase game on my living room so anyone can play it.
  • I'm digital all the way except for Disney infinity. I love not having to swap discs
  • I've gone all digital. I love it. No need to swap and/or insert discs and all my games are ready to play. Since I don't really ever sell my games that was never a concern for me.   The only thing I wish is that Microsoft allowed us to change the internal hard drive of the Xbox One. Yes, I know you can add external hard drives but I would prefer to have a single internal drive and that's it.
  • I prefer digital but think it should be less expensive considering all the packaging that doesn't come with it.
  • No discs, no hassle. When I sign in at a friends place I just play.
  • I usually buy digital if it is a game I know I want but if it is a game that im not sure about I buy physical incase I want to resell it
  • PC, Xbox One, Wii U, and 3DS are all digital for me. Xbox 360 is about half physical and half digital, since I switched to all digital a few years in to its lifespan. Never going back now.
  • I do both. My internet is fast so if I need a game quickly then I pre-install e.g Halo TMCC, It was 60GB and GameStop was opening at 10am so I decided to pre-install. Also, it depends on pre-order incentives, I pre-ordered State of Decay and Evolve digitally. But mostly I buy phisocally
  • CD Projekt Red has pretty much always been pretty darn fair with their pricing and attitude towards their fans.
  • Oh! You might want to add to the article that the premium edition that includes the DLC is also discounted. I am away from my Xbox right now so I don't recall the prices, but it's still cool and a nice discount.
  • Thanks! Added it :)
  • anything to kill off gamestop and physical media 
  • Pre-ordered the digial version (Xbox One) that comes with the first 2 DLC (expansion pass) for $76.49 since I know I will get them anyway.   Can't wait!!!
  • I buy digital so....sweet
  • THANK YOU developer. This should be the norm for digital at the very least. Kudos on all fronts.
  • Fantastic price, will defo preorder it.
  • Purchased the bundle
  • This is great digital games should be cheaper 10 20 30 percent cheaper than physical games
  • Sweet! Mortal Kombat was also cheaper digitally..
    But ill probably buy this game on steam to get the best experience.
  • Better buy it on GoG to support DRM-less releases
  • Get it on gog.com instead.
  • See in Australia stores don't sell games for the RRP, they are always cheaper so even 10% off isn't anywhere close to as cheap as you can get a physical copy. The only time I go digital is when sales are on, that's it. Any other time and it's way too expensive.