The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be launching in May, but it already has two DLC expansions announced for it, a first for the series. CD Projekt Red had always been wary of paid DLC, so today’s announcement was particularly surprising. However, the two expansions, titled Hearts of Stone & Blood and Wine, are said to hearken back to the old days of RPG expansions, when the content could sometimes rival entire games. And while they have already been announced, they are not set to release any time soon, or even close to the May 19th release date of the main game.
The upcoming expansions will offer gamers new adventures, 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.”
The first expansion, Hearts of Stone,will be released in October and is said to feature over 10 hours of gameplay. The story will take Geralt to 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.”
The second expansion, Blood and Wine doubles the content, offering 20+ hours for players to enjoy. It “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 Porjekt Red was sure to let gamers know that while they are presenting these DLC expansions for The Witcher 3 now, they don’t expect everyone to buy in just on blind faith. “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,” says Iwiński.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt launches on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on May 19th.