Witcher 3 to have two expansions

Witcher 3 to have two expansions

CD PROJECT RED announced today that they are working on two expansions for their upcoming title The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The expansions are:

  • Hearts of Stone
  • Blood and Wine

The press release is below:


CD PROJEKT RED, creators of the open world RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, announce two massive expansions — Hearts of Stone & Blood and Wine
 

The Witcher is a story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game, set in a visually stunning fantasy universe full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher, you play as Geralt of Rivia, a professional monster slayer tasked with finding a child from an ancient prophecy.

“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.”

Hearts of Stone will take Geralt on an all-new, 10-hour-plus adventure into 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.

Blood and Wine, a 20-hour-plus tale that 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.“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.The upcoming expansions will offer gamers new adventures, gear and foes and will feature characters both new and dearly missed — all crafted with maximum attention to detail and quality by the joint forces of CD PROJEKT RED’s Warsaw and Cracow studios.Hearts of Stone will premiere in October, while Blood and Wine is slated for release in the first quarter of 2016.

Both expansions will be available on all three platforms: Xbox One, PC, PlayStation® 4.For more information on obtaining the expansions, please visit buy.thewitcher.com

 

 


 

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26 comments on “Witcher 3 to have two expansions”

  1. Avatar TSMP says:

    I like how they’re using the term expansion packs and not DLCs. Shows a good attitude I thought was long dead, and haven’t seen since Diablo 2.

  2. Avatar Fexelea says:

    Twenty hours of content is indeed an expansion. Funny you mention Dlc, apparently the game will have sixteen free dlcs!

  3. Avatar AnCapaillMor says:

    The most important question of all, will the dlc’s have extra of the ever popular but utterly pointless nudity scenes? Love the games and not against any sort of nudity but goddam they were so cheesy in the 2 games, kinda took away a bit from what were 2 great games.

    There’s content\lore there for an almost elder scrolls length game\story and i’d say they won’t take the piss with DLC, they were pretty generous with it on steam.

  4. Nimrael81 says:

    In Witcher 1 the nudity was 20 pictures, and you could maybe see the odd breast on some of them.

    In Witcher 2 the "infamous" nudity scene was with Triss in the bath, and it was fantastic – both sexual and tasteful.
    You could do a prostitute scene, or Vex scene, but you could also run your whole game without a single sex scene.

    In the end, I’ll never understand why the odd piece of nudity disturbs people when the same games and TV shows and movies show beheadings, mutilation, murder, torture etc. – but a breast here or there is crossing the line.

  5. Avatar AnCapaillMor says:

    It didn’t disturb me, i had the opposite reaction, my only problem was people talked more about the scenes as the reason to get it than the fact they were 2 very good games, gameplaywise, characters, storywise etc.

    That baffles me too, killing is cool but a bit flesh is no no.

    Ps don’t forget the succubus scene, never laughed as much at that.

  6. Avatar Forum_Pirate says:

    That’s people being tools. And stupid (i mean this is the internet, free nudity is probably 80% of the place.)

    I hate the gameplay of 1. It’s just so bad, and the controls make it worse. Everything else is so good too, it’s a huge flaw in the experience.

  7. Nimrael81 says:

    Everything about it felt familiar at the time (it was the Aurora engine) and I didn’t have many issues.

    That said, if you’re talking about the combat – I agree, at best, I thought it was "passable", and certainly nothing special.

    Overall though, I loved TW1, it had a decent story, great atmosphere, a good number of choices, etc.
    I loved TW2, though it was a very different game.

  8. Avatar AnCapaillMor says:

    Took me a while to get used to the controls\gameplay but once i did, i just loved the simplicity of it.

  9. Avatar Forum_Pirate says:

    1, it’s mouse and keyboard only, which is ****ing disgusting on several levels.

    2, it’s click time combat. This isn’t 1997, where at least they had that excuse (it wasn’t good then either,) it’s 2009. Click time combat is unacceptable.

    At least typical RPG combat is all menus so it’s 100% strategy and can be hard on that front. The witcher 1 is hard anyways, and it’s even harder because I’m using a detestable and unfimiliar setup *and* even when i get going I’m fighting with clunky *** movement and abysmal combat to get anything done. I can’t even use a work around because ****ing clicktime combat.

    I’ve played a lot of games, but I’ve never played one that controls worse short of ignoring your inputs all together.

  10. Avatar AnCapaillMor says:

    Actually you could play with mouse only.

  11. Avatar Praise-the-sun says:

    My question is whether this will be better then dragon age inquisition.

    Iv never played a witcher.

  12. Avatar Forum_Pirate says:

    Not better.

    @Praise different types of games. Direct comparison doesn’t really work.

    That said, 1 and 2 are cheap, go play those. A lot of things make a lot more sense if you play 1 before 2, it’s safe to assume something similar is true of 3.

  13. Nimrael81 says:

    Will it be better?
    Short answer: "Yes."
    Long answer: "F+++, yeah."

    DA:I is a good game, but it lacks depth. Depth in the story, depth in customization, depth in the RP department, depth in combat, depth in world design, depth in pretty much everything.
    They’ve sacrificed bucket loads of RPG factors to cater to the CoD/GTA crowd. It’s shiny and sparkly and obviously had a huge budget… But ultimately, it’s shallow and forgettable.
    Bioware wants to make more people play their RPG by watering down that RPG and streamlining it, appealing to the "casual" gamer.
    Dragon Age Origins was a masterpiece. DA2 and DA:I were pretty poor by RP standards, each in their own way.

    Witcher series doesn’t really make compromises, it goes straight after the RPG fans and wants to make more people play their RPG by making an excellent RPG – never straying from the RP core.

    I haven’t played TW3 yet obviously, but I can promise you that CDPR makes their games with passion and puts their heart into it, wanting to make a great game first and profit from it as a consequence.
    Most AAA devs these days want to make a profit first, and if the game they make is a quality product – that’s the bonus.
    If not, they still made a profit.

    Having played both the Witcher games (and read the books), having played DA:I and Bloodborne and Pillars of Eternity…
    I fully expect Witcher 3 to completely dwarf them and easily be my (RP)GOTY (counting DA:I here even though it came out in Nov 2014).
    That’s my expectation, for the game to be THAT good. Anything else would be a disappointment.

  14. Avatar Forum_Pirate says:

    I reiterate, apples and oranges.

    The witcher is (more or less) about a preset and well defined character. There are certainly choices, but he has a personality and a history before you show up. There isn’t much for headcanon RP as in dragon age. The combat is also done in a completely different style (2 is closer to dks than dragon age.)

    I certainly have problems with inquisition and the direction EAware is taking their games, but they’re no more similar to the witcher than gran turismo is to mario cart.

  15. Avatar Juli says:

    This trailer is great: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NxWHYO87MM

    Naked women! Dying in a fire! War crimes! Racism! Getting called a cocksucker! Everything you could ever want in a video game! Will you pacify the jerkwad in the tavern by buying him a drink, or will you kill him in the name of Justice? Complex moral choices like these await you in the realistic fantasy world of Witcher Wild Hunt.

  16. Avatar Praise-the-sun says:

    Nirn@
    But dragon age: I, has so many notes. Surely theirs more depth ?

    Forum@ what are your problems with Dragon age Inquisition’s direction ? Im 100 hours in and im debating if this game is even better then skyrim, maybe dark souls. No spoiler tho

  17. Nimrael81 says:

    Mmm, what do you mean "notes", I don’t understand the question. I’ll gladly answer it once I do. :D

  18. Avatar Forum_Pirate says:

    It’s shallow, it goes against series lore, it’s action oriented, it’s overly flashy, holding R2 to attack is stupid, tactical camera works poorly, **** AI, extremely limited control of the AI, the game telling you how special you are every 37 seconds, other races basically go unrepresented.

    In short it went from a complex and tactical dark fantasy with a focus on politics and world building to yet another power fantasy action RPG. It’s even more shallow than mass effect, which at least asks complex moral questions when it isn’t busy with explosions. Inquisition doesn’t even do that outside the same "mage freedom" thing it’s been using for 3 games.

    I rarely agree with Nimrael81, but as far as Inquisition being a shadow of the glory that was Origins, I have to agree. A damn shame too.

  19. Avatar Praise-the-sun says:

    When you claim a location/read a note/read a book/discover a codex, a black box appears in front of your screen.

    Id say that all these black boxes combined have more lore then skyrim and oblivion combined, hence depth.
    If Witcher 3 has more lore then this, ima have to get some new glasses B-)

  20. Nimrael81 says:

    Oh, the codex.
    Mmm, yeah while it’s inferior to the codex entries in DA:O, it’s nice.

    Actually, let me pull up an old summary of my thoughts on DA:I from another forum, you’ll see what i mean…

    In short, I saw DA:I as a decent GAME, but a rather mediocre (or even bad) RPG.

    It was a completely forgettable experience, and far far away from the brilliant game that DA:Origins was and is.

  21. Nimrael81 says:

    We "rarely" agree on about 2 topics, and we agree on this one.
    Who knows, we might agree on the next 100.

    Bioware just took DA in a completely different direction – how much it had to do with EA, I don’t know, but they abandoned the core that made Dragon Age the game that it was.

    Whether one likes games like Elder Scrolls series, Witcher, Dark Souls, etc…
    Their devs always tried to improve the formula and tweak it, always catering primarily to their core audience.

    Bioware made their own bed with DA2 and put out a shinier, richer version but still lacking depth in DA:I.

    Back to Witcher 3, my ONLY real fear is that the story gets diluted and has problem with its pace because the world will be so open.

    If they can overcome that tricky obstacle (cohesive story in an open world is always hard), I’m 100% sure TW3 will be one of the great games of the decade.

  22. Avatar Forum_Pirate says:

    Just because I haven’t often gone out of my way to tell you I don’t agree in your ~250 posts, doesn’t mean much.

    I’m nou sure how I feel about an open world.

  23. Avatar Praise-the-sun says:

    I couldn’t read that review nirnael, I fear the spoilers.

    Il just have to try dragon age origins when Im finished with inquisition, hmmm should in a good 700 hours or so…….

    But could you maybe give me a little tiny hint on where the way of the assassin is ? Im aware its a book, but I have no clue where to look lol.

    Just knowing the environment is enough(snowy or rainy), or even give me a riddle if you’re in the mood. I already felt spoiled when someone told me the location of a dragon, took out that rewarding suspense !

  24. Avatar Forum_Pirate says:

    There weren’t spoilers past the first like 20 minutes of play.

    How will they keep you on track in an open world? I’m hoping for brual enemies if you stray off to early. Or a timer, like you fail things if uou don’t get there in time and it changes the story.

  25. Avatar Praise-the-sun says:

    I was talking about his dragon age:I review.

    What Iv seen from the witcher 3 is that you can only play as one character, doesn’t this limit the amount of experimentation aka fun one can experience ?


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