CD Projekt Red’s upcoming title The Witcher 3 has been getting us all hot and bothered for a while now as a whole slew of gamers look forward to getting back into playing the role of Geralt of Rivia and slaying all kinds of monsters. The open world RPG already promises around 200 hours of playtime if you’re the kind of person who likes to do everything a game offers you. CD Projekt Red have promised numerous free downloads that will expand upon the in-game content, and now we have the following:
“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,” says Marcin Iwiński, CD PROJEKT RED co-founder. “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.”
Those expansions will take the form of Hearts of Stone, a 10 hour plus adventure that will see Geralt venture into the No Man’s Land and Oxenfurt after taking on a contract for the mysterious “Man of Glass”. Deceit and lies await, and Geralt must use all of his skill and wit to escape the circumstances he finds himself in and discover the truth. Blood and Wine shall do even more, bringing a further 20 hours of gameplay that will introduce a new game region; a seeming utopia with it’s own dark secrets to hide.
“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“.
In the run up to release, CD Projekt Red have gone to great lengths to put the consumer front and center with DRM free copies available from gog.com, and the aforementioned slew of free DLC. They seem very focused on providing two new experiences worth buying to people who want to spend more time with the Witcher 3, without sacrificing content for those who wish to only play the base game. As always, Iwiński urges consumer to take the path that suits them best, saying “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“.
Hearts Of Stone is scheduled for October of this year, while Blood and Wine is slated to release in the first quarter of 2016. They’ll be available on all platforms (PC, PS4, and Xbox One).
For details on release dates and other related info, head to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s game page.