The Witcher 3 Expansion Pass Announced And Detailed
CD Projekt Red have announced and detailed an expansion pass for their upcoming title, The Witcher 3. This is a company that treats DLC with a little more care than most, as the following quote shows:
“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.”
The two expansions are as follows:
Hearts of Stone will take Geralt on an all-new, 10-hour-plus adventure into the wilds of No Man’s Land and the nooks and alleys of Oxenfurt, where he’ll try to complete a contract from the mysterious Man of Glass. Caught in a thick tangle of deceit, Geralt will need all his cunning and strength to solve the mystery and emerge unscathed.
Blood and Wine, a 20-hour-plus tale that will introduce the all-new in-game region of Toussaint, will take Geralt to a land untainted by war, where an atmosphere of carefree indulgence and knightly ritual masks an ancient, bloody secret.
CD Projekt Red have stated in the past that they believe ‘DLC’ has been extremely devalued. They don’t see this as DLC as they consider DLC additional armour/weapons, and other smaller things. This is comparable to an expansion of years past, much like what Blizzard still does for World of Warcraft. That kind of reasoning is most likely the reason they chose to name this an expansion pass, rather than a season pass.
Hearts of Stone will premiere in October costing €9.99, while Blood and Wine is slated for release in the first quarter of 2016, priced at €19.99. Both expansions will be available on all three platforms: Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4 and can be pre-purchased now for €24.99. The Witcher 3 will release May 19th 2015 on PS4, PC and Xbox One.