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CD Projekt announces two Witcher 3 expansion packs, available for pre-order

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CD Projekt announces two Witcher 3 expansion packs, available for pre-order

Game News - posted by Infinitron on Tue 7 April 2015, 21:29:38

Tags: CD Projekt; The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt; The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine; The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Hearts of Stone

CD Projekt have mentioned the possibility of producing paid expansion packs for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt before. Today, with the main game just over a month from release, they've made the interesting choice of announcing not one but two of them, to be released in October and early next year, respectively. The announcement post on GOG explains:

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is almost here. That means the game is pretty much finished, and the devs are about to take a deep breath while CD-presses and hype machines slowly wind up to take things through the home stretch. It's not gold yet, but now that development is coming to an end, the CD PROJEKT RED team is ready to start their work on two new, ambitious monster-hunting expansions.

The expansions will be called Hearts of Stone, and Blood and Wine. Combined, they'll offer over 30 hours of new adventures for Geralt, and the latter introduces a whole new major area to roam. More items, gear, and characters (including a few familiar faces) will all be crafted with the same attention to detail as the game itself.

Hearts of Stone is a 10-hour adventure across the wilds of No Man's Land and the nooks of Oxenfurt. The secretive Man of Glass has a contract for you - you'll need all your smarts and cunning to untangle a thick web of deceit, investigate the mystery, and emerge in one piece.

Blood and Wine is the big one, introducing an all-new, playable in-game region to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It will take you about 20 hours to discover all of Toussaint, a land of wine, untainted by war. And to uncover the dark, bloody secret behind an atmosphere of carefree indulgence.

There used to be a time when buying an add-on disk or expansion for your game really meant something. That's what CD PROJEKT RED are going for, it's about bringing that old feeling back. You can take it from our very own iWi, (that's Marcin Iwinski, co-founder of CD PROJEKT RED):

"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 of our expansions offer more hours of gameplay than quite a few standalone games out there.”

Hearts of Stone is expected to premiere this October, while Blood and Wine is slated for release in the first quarter of 2016, so there's still plenty of time ahead. We're offering you the Expansion Pass now - it's a chance to pre-order the two expansions and even show your support for the devs. But we can't stress Marcin Iwinski's words enough:

“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."
The "expansion pass" is available for pre-order on Steam and GOG for the price of $25. I wonder if that price is going to go up after the game is released...

In other news, dorito connoisseur site IGN has gotten exclusive dibs on The Witcher 3 pre-release hype material. I'm not going to be paying too much attention to that, but yesterday they posted a video of the game's first 15 minutes. Check it out if you don't mind being spoiled.

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