16 Free DLC For Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Free DLC? I’ll take them all, please.
In an interview with Examiner, CD Projekt Red game director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz was asked for his opinion on paid DLC and whether The Witcher 3 will feature any.
“We could sell extra content to gamers down the road, but we don’t believe in that,” he replied. “We believe patches, fixes and additional content should be provided to gamers free of charge. Only something really big, and something that will not make you feel ripped off, justifies a price tag.”
Tomaskiewicz didn’t go as far as completely rule out the possibility of paid content in the future, but he made it clear that if such content did eventually appear it’d be a worthwhile addition, such as a full-sized expansion, as opposed to something trivial such as different weapon types or outfits.
“If we ever decide to charge you for something, we think you will appreciate what you get in return”, he added.
Earlier this year, CD Projeckt Red announced that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be supported with content for two years after release.
Open Letter from Marcin Iwiński, co-founder and Joint CEO of CD PROJEKT RED.
“We love games. We love collecting them, playing them, and everything connected to that experience. Every time we reach out for a new release, we expect to be taken care of. We expect support if we encounter any problems, we love updates constantly improving the experience, and we feel really special when we receive free content that gives us more than we initially paid for. It doesn’t have to be huge, it can be an awesome skin for a character, or an extra sword, or armor.
Unfortunately this treatment is quite rare these days. As gamers, we nowadays have to hold on tight to our wallets, as surprisingly right after release, lots of tiny pieces of tempting content materialize with a steep price tag attached. Haven’t we just paid a lot of cash for a brand new game?
As CD PROJEKT RED, we strongly believe this is not the way it should work and, with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we have decided to do it differently. Cutting to the chase, everyone who buys Wild Hunt will receive 16 specially prepared DLCs absolutely for free, regardless of platform. You don’t have to pre-order, you don’t have to buy any special edition to get them — if you own a copy of Wild Hunt, they’re yours. This is our way of saying thank you for buying our game.”
The plan is to release a new DLC bundle – each containing two lots of DLC – on a weekly basis following the game’s launch on 24th February 2015. The first batch arrives 25th Feb, then 4th March, then 11th March etc. In the first batch is the Temerian Armor Set and a Beard and Hairstyle Set for Geralt. Yes, you read that correctly. The second batch will include an additional quest and an alternative look for Yennefer of Vengerberg.
The other batches of DLC will be unveiled each week after launch.
The announcement comes a couple of months after Marcin Iwiński dealt with backlash about the Xbox One Collector’s Edition of The Witcher 3 including a few exclusive physical items: two decks of Gwent (a card game within the game) cards and a cloth map.
As CDPR won’t agree to make any exclusive game content for any platform, this kind of partner-placating exclusivity is what it’s left with, he explained. He asked that the community give CDPR “the benefit of the doubt”, and today he has rewarded the community in spadefuls.
The announcement also comes the month Dragon Age: Inquisition – a blockbuster RPG rival, albeit a different kind of RPG – arrives. And Inquisition will feature pre-order game content as well as special edition extras.
Dreams do come true.