In the past, CD Projekt RED has been emphatic about avoiding rip-off, post-release downloadable content. Back in November last year they announced that they would be giving Witcher 3 players 16 pieces of DLC for free, as a way of saying “thank you” for buying the game. They also said that IF they ever charged for DLC, they would go out of their way to ensure that the new content was well worth the asking price.
CD Projekt has now revealed that The Witcher 3 will indeed get paid-for content. The additional content is likened to those expansion packs that games used to get during the nineties. You know, those expansions that came in their own separate box and added tons of new content. While The Witcher 3’s add-on content won’t get a physical release, the volume of new stuff is likened to those expansions from the good old days.
The first expansion is titled Heart of Stone, and it’ll land in October of this year. It will see Geralt undertaking a new quest in No Man’s Land and the city of Oxenfurt. CD Projekt says this add-on will provide more than 10 hours of new content, new gear, enemies, and items. It’ll set you back $9.99.
The second expansion, Blood and Wine, adds an entire new area to the already enormous game world. The new area, Toussaint, is one that has managed to stay out of the war that has engulfed the rest of Temeria. The carefree nature of Toussaint is not all that is seems, and Geralt soon finds himself embroiled in ancient rituals and creepy secrets. Once again, there will be new enemies, items, and equipment included. This add-on will cost $19.99 and will be out in 2016.
It’s interesting to note that CD Projekt has gone out of their way to avoid using the term “DLC” when describing this content. They’ve also made mention that you can pick up (wait for it) an Expansion Pass (nice avoidance of “Season Pass” there) for both pieces of content for $24.99. That being said, they’ve gone on record to say: “While we’re offering the Expansion Pass now, we want to make one thing clear: don’t buy it if you have any doubts. Wait for reviews or play The Witcher and see if you like it first. As always, it’s your call.”
Speaking more on the team’s decision to offer paid, add-on content, CD Projekt RED co-founder Marcin Iwiński had this to say:
“With the development of Wild Hunt coming to an end, the team has embarked upon the creation of two new really big adventures set in The Witcher universe. We remember the time when add-on disks truly expanded games by delivering meaningful content. As gamers, we’d like to bring that back. We’ve said in the past that if we ever decide to release paid content, it will be vast in size and represent real value for the money. Both our expansions offer more hours of gameplay than quite a few standalone games out there.”
Both pieces of add-on content will be arriving on all three platforms at the same time; no bought, timed exclusivity here. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt hits PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on 19 May.