CD PROJEKT RED is turning out to be one of my favorite, up front developers. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that The Witcher III: Wild Hunt will have paid expansion packs, but unlike other expansion packs that have burned gamers in the past with their lack of content, the developer is being transparent about what will be included in theirs.
The first expansion will be Hearts of Stone which will premier around October of this year. It will include over 10 hours of content (pure story) and not just fluff. The second expansion is Blood and Wine and will feature over 20 hours of story content as well as a new game region. This one will release sometime in 2016. Both expansions also will offer gamers new content, gear and foes, and will feature characters both new and dearly missed
“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.”
“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,” Iwiński concludes.