::throws confetti:: THE WITCHER 3 IS RELEASING NEXT MOOOOOOOOONTH AND I’M SO EXCITED I’M ABOUT TO COLLAPSE ON THE FLOOR IN A SERIES OF ECSTATIC ERRATIC MOVEMEEEEENTSS…~~~
Let’s talk about everyone’s favorite topic…DLC! /cue groans
But for serious, I think CD Projekt Red is doing some swell stuff with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s DLC.
Anyone who purchases the game will receive 16 bits of free DLC. SIXTEEN. DLC bundles will be released on a weekly basis after the game launches on May 19th, starting on May 20th. The first bundle will be the Temerian Armor Set and the oh-so-exciting (I’m serious) Beard and Hairstyle Set. (Want more info? Head here.)
Besides the 16 bits of free DLC, two major expansions have been announced. The first one is Hearts of Stone and it will send players into an area named No Man’s Land, as well into another area called Oxenfurt. This content is expected to last about 10 hours. The second expansion, Blood and Wine, is set in an entirely new region called Toussaint. This bad boy will provide 20 hours of content and will “take Geralt to a land untainted by war, where an atmosphere of carefree indulgence and knightly ritual masks an ancient, bloody secret.”
These expansions will not only introduce new areas, gear and enemies, they’ll also bring in characters who are “both new and dearly missed.” (Umffffff.)
Hearts of Stone releases in October, and Blood and Wine should release in early 2016.
That’s $25 for an additional 30 hours of content. To which I puff out my chest and proudly state, “Sign me the HELL up!” I think that’s a great friggen’ deal, especially when the DLC focuses on and expands the story of an RPG franchise I love to pieces. (Don’t get me wrong, armor packs and skins are fun, but I’d rather pay for meaty stuff.) And if we really want to go there, I sometimes drop $60 on a game that’ll only last me five or so hours. So yeah. No brainer.
Anyway, I know some gripe and complain about DLC, and in certain situations it’s warranted, but in this instance? Noooo way. I mean, it’s like, “Hi here’s 50-200 hours of content and 16 bundles of free DLC. If you find yourself wanting even more content, it’s available, otherwise NBD.”
Plus, I’m always down to support my my favorite developers, especially after they put out an amazing game like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. And yes, I already know it’s going to be amazing. (<—fangirl.) (But honestly, are there any doubts?)
VIVA LA CD PROJEKT RED.