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CD Projekt Red Asks Fans Not To Buy The Witcher 3 From Green Man Gaming

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With amazing graphics, lush and detailed scenery, and a world that apparently takes forty minutes to cross on horseback, a lot of time and effort went into developing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. And a lot of money. It’s no surprise, then, that the game is retailing in some stores at upwards of $80. When Green Man Gaming (GMG), an online retailer selling GOG keys, started offering preorders of the game at a heavily discounted $39.99, fans were practically leaping for joy. But now CD Projekt Red, developers of The Witcher 3, have requested that fans do not buy the game from GMG.

Replying to a forum post regarding the sale, Business Development Manager at CD Projekt Red Rafał Jaki said “I would kindly ask our fans no[t] to buy via GMG at this time. We had not sold them Keys and don[‘]t know the origin of them.” It’s not clear if GMG already have codes for The Witcher 3 or if they are going to purchase the codes when the game is released. If the codes aren’t coming from CD Projekt Red, however, there’s every chance the codes are illegitimate.

Green Man Gaming CEO Paul Sulyok has told PCGamesN that the codes have been repurchased from approved retailers. “Green Man Gaming (GMG) has an official contract with, and has been an approved retailer of …(CDPR) products since 11th August 2011. Following a 6 month dialogue with CDPR about the launch of The Witcher 3, we were disappointed that… CDPR chose not to engage with a number of significant, reputable, and successful retailers, including ourselves, as they instead focused on supporting their own platform GOG.”

Sulyok also criticised CD Projekt Red for caring more about advancing their own platform, GOG, than about the interests of their fans. “We believe that CDPR’s desire to support their own platform by working with retail outlets that would not conflict with their own is greater than that of meeting the demands of their audience, therefore we made the decision to indirectly secure the product and deliver it to our customers,” he said. “To do this, we reached out to third parties and retailers that were approved by CDPR, to legitimately pass these keys onto our customers. This means that at some point, revenue has been passed directly onto CDPR, and any additional discount on the title is absorbed by us, as we want as many people enjoying The Witcher 3 as possible.”

CD Projekt Red have said they believe they will receive none of the revenue of The Witcher 3 sales from GMG, but Sulyok insists that they will and that any discount is being absorbed by GMG. There doesn’t seem to be any way to prove which of the two is telling the truth. Fans concerned that their money won’t go to the game’s developers may consider purchasing it through a different retailer for a slightly higher price. On the other hand, if you’re dead broke and desperate to get your hands on this game, GMG’s offer is probably looking good.

Rhiannon likes video games and she likes writing, so she decided to combine them. As well as writing about video games, she also belts out the occasional science fiction or fantasy story, edits videos, and eats strawberry oreos. In that order.

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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