The Witcher 3 Will Have 16 Pieces of DLC - But They're Free

The Witcher 3 Will Have 16 Pieces of DLC - But They're Free

CD Projekt Red announced today that they would be releasing 16 pieces of downloadable content (DLC) for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, but that they would all be free.

The news comes from an open letter to fans by the studio's CEO, Marcin Iwiński, crticising the prevalence of paid-for DLC in the games industry.

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.

Four of these add-ons have already been detailed: 

  • Temerian Armor Set: Reserved for the finest warriors who serve the kingdom of Temeria, the Temerian Armor Set includes a jacket, gloves, pants, boots, war horse armor, and saddlebags expanding the inventory.
  • Beard and Hairstyle Set: customise Geralt of Rivia to your liking with this amazing set of beards and hairstyles.
  • Alternative Look for Yennefer: check out this entirely new look for the mighty sorceress Yennefer of Verngerberg.
  • Contract: Missing Miners: Miners from a small Skellige village are disappearing. Investigate and find out what's happening!

CD Projekt Red have made a name for themselves with their consumer-first ideology, particularly around controversial digital rights management (DRM) policies. The developer makes a point of all their games being available in DRM-free form, a philosophy that was extended to their online retail service, GOG.com, which specialises in DRM-free games.



 

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Comments Comments (15)

 
LeftoversNZ
Posted by LeftoversNZ
On Friday 7 Nov 2014 10:37 AM
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I'm liking these guys a little bit more with each announcement.
 
 
 
Posted by jtbthatsme
On Friday 7 Nov 2014 10:52 AM
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Like it should be a recognition of thanks for buying the game awesome news and it's just guarnteed that I will buy the game I was borderline on it but now TAKE MY MONEY ! ! !
 
 
 
Posted by tuftsdude
On Friday 7 Nov 2014 11:17 AM
1
Awesome. Can't wait for this game. Heck, I wouldn't mind paying full price for a game for once.
 
 
 
Posted by Partos
On Friday 7 Nov 2014 11:22 AM
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Don't wanna sound like a negative Nancy, but if everyone gets it..... why isn't it on the disc?
 
 
 
Posted by Goonertron
On Friday 7 Nov 2014 11:26 AM
5
7 November 2014, 10:37 AM Reply to LeftoversNZ
I'm liking these guys a little bit more with each announcement.
This company got founded by doing illegal polish translations of PC games in the 90s and making money off it. There's another reason to like them.
 
 
 
LeftoversNZ
Posted by LeftoversNZ
On Friday 7 Nov 2014 11:51 AM
6
7 November 2014, 11:22 AM Reply to Partos
Don't wanna sound like a negative Nancy, but if everyone gets it..... why isn't it on the disc?
There is the point of these being little extra things that can be worked on after the big task of getting a game shipped but possibly the more important thing is that this is a legitimate way to nail home their philosophy of consumer-first ideology.
Very clearly making their statement heard when they go against the standard paid DLC so common these days and get reported on every site that's worth a damn.
This also leads to the cynical view point that it wins them a crap tonne of free PR and positive press that they haven't had to pay for and will likely make any 'potential' losses back by game sales. Especially when they have Dragon Age coming out around the same-ish time. For someone like myself who hasn't played one of these kinda games before but is interested, it's definitely pushing me towards The Witcher, so there's that.
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Friday 7 Nov 2014 12:13 PM
2
Had this pre-ordered for nearly a year! Cant wait for this! GOTY for sure.
This announcement just makes it that bit sweeter. Love what these guys do! including GOG.
 
 
 
Posted by nimrod76
On Friday 7 Nov 2014 12:39 PM
1
What a goddamned glorious bunch of people, great way to get people to hang on to their copy and not sting them in the wallet at the same time, plus no tacked on MP! Can't wait for this to release.
 
 
 
Posted by mchumdinghy
On Friday 7 Nov 2014 1:09 PM
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This game just keeps sounding better and better
 
 
 
reavers
Posted by reavers
On Friday 7 Nov 2014 1:34 PM
1
This is how things should be done!
 
 
 
Posted by OriginalSin
On Friday 7 Nov 2014 1:35 PM
1
I'm not surprised. #<3CDPR
 
 
 
Super-Pangolin
Posted by Super-Pangolin
On Friday 7 Nov 2014 5:34 PM
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Seriously, these guys are such GC's. Devs & publishers need to take note.
 
 
 
Posted by Daniel5000
On Friday 7 Nov 2014 5:49 PM
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i gave them my money ages ago
 
 
 
Shoel
Posted by Shoel
On Saturday 8 Nov 2014 7:31 PM
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EA could definitely learn something from these awesome guys.
Now to see if I can find the amazing Witcher 3 CE available for pre-order anywhere...
 
 
 
Posted by supabowl
On Sunday 9 Nov 2014 4:26 PM
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One of the reasons cdprojekt are awesome. Would be great if more companies adopted this