The Witcher 3 will be getting 16 free pieces of DLC

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Downloading additional game content is something we’ve all gotten used to.  Everything from new weapons and clothing to full blown expansions can be purchased online.  It’s nothing new.  What is new, however, is a developer deciding to give away all of its DLC for free.  CD Projekt Red, the studio behind The Witcher 3, decided to do just that.  Read on for the details. 

Well, this was unexpected.  In an open letter posted to the official CD Projekt Red website, co-founder and joint CEO Marcin Iwiński broke the news that the company has prepared 16 separate pieces of DLC for The Witcher 3 which they plan to give away for free.  You can read Marcin’s letter below.

“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.”
Pretty cool, huh?  So here are the details.  The first two pieces of free DLC are scheduled to be released on February 25th, and will consist of the Temerian Armor set for Geralt and his horse, and a beard and hairstyle set.  The next two pieces will follow a week later, and will include an alternate costume and additional quest for Yennefer of Vengerberg.  More pieces of DLC will be released every week, until all 16 are happily installed on your hard drives.

Now, this doesn’t mean that CD Projekt Red isn’t planning on releasing more substantial expansions for The Witcher 3, and charging extra for them.  Still, giving away 16 pieces of DLC is a rare and generous move that we don’t see very often in this industry.  The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be released on February 24th, 2015 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.


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