Earlier in the week CD Projekt revealed that the final piece of free DLC for The Witcher 3 would be a New Game+ mode. At the time of the announcement, details were a little scarce, but that didn’t quell the excitement felt by many. The game’s official forums lit up with questions and discussions about New Game+ mode – so much so that CD Projekt had to wade in to provide some information.
Here’s what we know so far: once you’ve finished the game, you’ll get to begin a New Game+ playthrough starting at whatever character level you finished the game on before. There is one proviso: you’ve got to be above level 30. If you finished your first playthrough and didn’t hit level 30 or above, then you’ll automatically begin a New Game+ mode at level 30.
Monsters will obviously be more powerful. As fun as it is sprinting into a pack of low level Drowners and hacking them up in three sword swings, that’d get boring pretty quickly. So expect your New Game+ beasties to pack a punch. If that notion makes you tremble in your little Cat School booties, then you’ll be happy to know that you’ll still be able to set your difficulty level in New Game+ mode.
You won’t get to take everything with you that you accumulated during your first playthrough. You’ll keep your swords and armour and other sundry weapons; money and alchemy recipes will also carry across. You won’t get to keep quest items, books and letters, Gwent cards, usable items, or trophies. Sorry, Gwent junkies; looks like you’re building a new deck.
Finally, Geralt will get a Clearing Potion at the start of New Game+ mode, which will reset all your skills so you can try a different character build for your second romp through The Continent.
Still no date for when this DLC will become available, but it should be fairly soon.