Warning: The 10 GB 'enhanced edition' patch is available for free to download if you already own the game. There is no reason for these guys to be trying to charge full price for this like it's a brand new game.
If you have never played this game you'd be far better off buying the non-enhanced edition for cheap and then go the developers website and download the patch which is available to anyone who already owns the game.
In fact, you can go the dev website now and pre-download most of the 10 GB right now. When the EE is released you'll be able to get the last few files needed to activate it.
To sum up. There's no reason to pay full price for this. This looks akin to trying to get customers to double dip for the same product like what they do with the LOTR DVDs - Blurays.
It would be a rip-off if the additional content is *not* made free to Customers. In this case, it is free. Indeed, the choice is available for Customers whether to take the more economical option that you recommended, or to pay more to get the game preloaded with DLCs and enhanced edition content.
In contrast, even if you own the theatrical version of LOTR, you cannot get the extended edition content for free.
BTW, for those who bought the original version from GOG.com, not only the enhanced edition is free, the comic book that is offered by Amazon as a bonus for pre-ordering the enhanced edition is also free:
"GOG.com will also be adding the Witcher comic book to our list of goodies on the 17th as a free gift to everyone who owns the Witcher 2; further, there will be a new game map, game guide, manual, and soundtrack available in your free goodies on that day as well."
As if the sexual content in the original version was not enough, now there's even more of it in the enhanced edition ;-)
"CD Projekt RED has confirmed that Geralt of Rivia will be getting more `action' in the game's Xbox 360 release.
"I'm surprised you asked me about that," CD Projekt Red senior quest designer, Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz, said with a nervous chuckle. About ten seconds ago, I had asked him whether there will be any more sex scenes in the new release of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition on Xbox 360.
The game had came out on PC last year and was known for its graphic -- not to mention high-quality -- sex scenes that were worthy of an edgy cable TV show on HBO.
I'm not sure whether he genuinely thought it was a rude question or was merely shocked that it came from a female. Or both.
But CD Projekt Red had boasted about adding four extra hours of gameplay content and 33 minutes worth of new cutscenes in the upcoming Xbox 360 release of the popular RPG. It seemed like a logical enquiry.
Luckily, I managed to extract the answer out of him.
"Yes," Tomaszkiewicz replied, "There is one more sex scene in there".
Yes folks, you heard it right and you heard it straight from the horse's mouth.
Of course, the upcoming Witcher 2 on Xbox 360 isn't all about Geralt of Rivia getting more action. CD Projekt Red has invested a lot into the Assassins of Kings to woo console gamers for the very first time but it has no intention of abandoning its loyal PC fan base.
Existing owners of The Witcher 2 on PC will get all the additional content for free.
I agree with H. Le: this isn't a ripoff. CD Projekt RED has clearly stated every owner of the Witcher 2 can upgrade to this new version. Maybe the pricing could be better, but if you don't want to spend 49.99 for this you can buy W2 and then upgrade. This is an alternative for new players or those that don't have either the time or the bandwidth. Or people who want to support CD Projekt RED.
I think you're paying for the bonus items in addition to the game itself. The enhanced content is just part of the package, and an attractive marketing ploy. I haven't played this game yet, but at $49.99 it's a ton cheaper than I paid for the Skyrim special edition by about $100 bucks. If you like to collect gaming memorabilia, I'd say it's well worth the price they're asking since even if the enhanced content is free to download you won't get all the extras unless you buy this package.
You aren't getting anything extra. Nothing. The *ONLY* difference from the regular version of the game is that the additional content comes on the disc. You get all the same physical items, and all the same content that is already available as a FREE update.
Yes, it did come with all those extras in fact, plus a couple more. And I think you mean PC, not PS3? It's never been on PS3. It launched at $49.99 when it originally came out. I can understand this re-release being helpful for people without internet or a good connection for downloading the patch, but I think it's highly misleading and will lead to many people who DO have a reliable connection paying more for this game than they should with the availability of the original game for $30 and the free patch update.
Ivy, I meant PS3 / Xbox. Didn't realize it was never released for PS3 (my point on price remains the same though). This will be my first PC game via disc so all I have to compare to price wise at this point are console versions, and even at this price it's cheaper than what you would pay for a newly released game on Xbox, or PS3 (I know it's not a new release).
1. If you already have The Witcher 2 ($50 day one price for the premium edition) you get A LOT of extra content FOR FREE. This was made VERY clear by CDP Red right from the moment when the EE was announced and constantly advertised on TW2 site, gog and all CDP Red's public events. 2. You can CHOOSE to buy the standard edition cheaper and get the extra content for for free or to pay $50 for the EE which includes everything on DVD. 3. No matter where from you have your copy of The Witcher 2 you get a free gog backup copy. (http://www.gog.com/en/witcher2/backup/) 4. The EE is DRM free.
That's not a rip-off, rip-off is asking $60 for a 20 hours AAA title while holding back content to sell as DLC. And after it's pathetic ending you are told to buy even more DLC.
"There's no reason to pay full price for this."
Yes, it is, to support a great game from a great developer. But, again, the choice is yours.
Honestly, the op needs to bury that solipsism. You're not the center of the world. Some people have DIFFERENT circumstances and for whatever reason buying this enhanced edition is preferable to trying to download patches with their shoddy isps. Those people do exist. I'm not one of them, but I'm not so dense as to let that blind me. It's like pretending there aren't starving people because I can go down the street and order a philly cheesesteak. The only good thing about this whole thread is that it is in fact a thread, and not some jaded kid writing a 1 star review for a great product because he feels butt-hurt.
I kind of see both sides here, and why someone might feel "ripped off". I also see that $49.99 for a package like this is a pretty darn good deal in the overall scheme of things. All in all, I'm excited to try out the game; my first game on disc for PC. I paid the $49 for the Enhanced Edition, and the game should be here today. Can't wait!
I think collectors will have no problem with this price at all. I'll be framing the map, and hanging it right next to the Skyrim map in ye ol' man cave :)