In a big announcement, one that will likely make fans of the Witcher series very happy, CD Projekt Red have announced their plans on releasing two purchasable expansions for The Witcher 3.
In the press release of the announcement, Marcin Iwiński, CD Projekt Red co-founder, outlined the company’s plan for the future, and talked about the two expansions.
“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.”
The two expansions are named Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine. Hearts of Stone is planned to be released later in 2015, while Blood and Wine should be available for people to download Q1 in 2016.
In the announcement, CD Projekt Red also cautioned players in buying their own stuff, warning players if they weren’t happy with having to pre-order more content, to just not buy it and wait for reviewers to get their hands on it. A very honest and transparent view, and a noble one, too. Both adventures together should total around 30 new hours, with a bunch of new items and characters – everything a new expansion should have.
The language of the announcement is also very interesting, particularly CD Projekt calling their content “Expansions” rather than DLC. Maybe they’re afraid of the bad taste the world “DLC” has been leaving in players’s mouths recently.
Whatever the reason, it gives Witcher fans more things to be excited about. Hopefully it will all be polished to a mirror shine before being released. I, for one, am very excited. What about you?
Both expansions will be available on all platforms.