Two Witcher 3 Expansions Announced, Promising 30 Hours of Gameplay

Hearts of Stone launches this October while Blood and Wine hits next year; dev says add-ons rival the size of some full games.

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In addition to 16 free pieces of DLC, upcoming open-world role-playing game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be supported by two major, paid expansions, the first of which will launch this year, CD Projekt Red announced Tuesday.

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The first is called Hearts of Stone, which sees players venturing into an area called "No Man's Land" and another location called Oxenfurt. Here, players will take on a quest from the "mysterious Man of Glass" that sounds like it will be a tough challenge.

"Caught in a thick tangle of deceit, Geralt will need all his cunning and strength to solve the mystery and emerge unscathed," CD Projekt Red said about the content, which should span around 10 hours.

The next Witcher 3 add-on is called Blood and Wine. This content, which is expected to provide 20 hours of gameplay, is set in an all-new region called Toussaint. CD Projekt Red isn't yet talking specifics, saying only that this content will "take Geralt to a land untainted by war, where an atmosphere of carefree indulgence and knightly ritual masks an ancient, bloody secret."

Both Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine will include new gear and enemies, as well as characters who are "both new and dearly missed." CD Projekt Red also promises that both expansion packs are "crafted with maximum attention to detail and quality."

Hearts of Stone launches in October, while Blood and Wine is due to release in the first quarter of 2016, meaning it should arrive by the end of March 2016. The expansions will be sold together through a Witcher 3 Expansion Pass, though pricing was not announced. CD Projekt Red will also offer a bundle that comes with the game and the expansion pass. Pricing for this bundle was also not revealed.

Unfortunately, no images or video from either expansion have been released.

CD Projekt Red has criticized paid DLC in the past, but co-founder Marcin Iwinski says today that Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine are truly significant add-ons that could rival some full, standalone games.

"We remember the time when add-on disks truly expanded games by delivering meaningful content," Iwinski said in a statement. "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."

"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," he added.

After multiple delays, The Witcher 3 release date is May 19 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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rzaartz

One thing people failed to mention is this game is that it is not actually as long as they say. It feels long because you have to play the side quests. But the main quests alone is not all that long. I played the side quests and finished all witcher contracts and ended up at level 30. Then i started playing the main quest and finished them all in 10hours.


Maybe this was because my characters were so strong and i was playing on the second to hardest difficult.


Dont get me wrong but this is a great game and for a game the relies on the side quest for its length, i will say the 10 score is overhyped.

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DrSpoon

Immense! Now if I could only stop being so rubbish at this game...some of the boss fights are insane

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Ayzed

30 hours each? or between both of them?

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Tr4newreck

can you imagine ANY other developer giving you 16 free dlc's after launching a new and chart topping game?!

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Arcendus

<< LINK REMOVED >> well, to be fair, many of them are very minor, and for example Rockstar is still adding free new content to GTAV (online) which is coming up on 2 years old... but yes, we're all very appreciative!

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ogresamanosuke

It's disengenious to bring up CDPR's dislike of DLC when talking about this, because they aren't giving us DLC. These are expansion packs, and will be sold in retail as such. Yeah, it'll be available digitally too, but they aren't strictly download like DLC is.

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tainted0ne

I didn't play number one, hated number 2, but omfg number 3 might be the greatest game I have ever played. Glad I gave it a chance.

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PeterDuck

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fail

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ogresamanosuke

<< LINK REMOVED >> If you didn't even like Witcher 2, Witcher 1 may have made you kill yourself. It's hands down one of the worst games I ever played, and the first game I ever owned was fucking E.T. on the 2600.

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MistwalkerZ

I'm just loving this game so much.

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Hydra9268

I hope CDPR expands the world of Witcher 3 for years to come. There's a LOT of land and stories worth exploring. I would like to go to them all. :)

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Ghosthunter54

DLC doesn't have to be a bad acronym. I think CD Projekt Red understands this.

I'll pay for a Shivering Isles or a Dragon Age: Awakening. I won't pay for horse armor. And it sounds like these two DLCs will be the former. But is it 30 hours each, or 30 hours between the two? Just curious.

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bluemazda420

I believe it's between the two

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PSYCHOV3N0M

Since I have yet to build my first gaming PC, maybe I should play The Witcher 2 on my 360 to see what all the hype is about regarding The Witcher 3 :D

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depman1972

<< LINK REMOVED >> yes dont compare both, I couldn't get on with 2, but number 3 atm I cant put the game down, GOTY, its like playing skyrim all over again.

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Rickiej

<< LINK REMOVED >> The Witcher 2 is an fairly linear experience. Whereas The Witcher 3 is open world, be cautious to compare both games.

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rafa6

I wanted to purchase the collectors edition that comes with Geralt's statue to support CD Projekt for all the free DLC unlike other publishers... good thing I didn't get to reserve my copy on time.

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diablohitman

<< LINK REMOVED >> they still have 16 free DLC they are releasing this is expansion that add roughly 30 hours ...thats a hell of a lot for the price. It's by no means the same thing other companies do.

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rafa6

Yes I am well aware of that and if these expansions are as lengthy as they claim them to be thats a hell of a deal. I am almost certain I'll be getting the season pass. The collectors however would have been "charity" from my part to suppprt their oposition to the abuse companies have with us gamers with their $25 season passes with content that should already be in the game. Since they are now announcing a SP for witcher I guess Ill support them by getting the pass.

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diablohitman

<< LINK REMOVED >> ... it's the same thing as when companies used to do expansions 10 years ago ...it's just easier for them to tell if people will want it ahead of time...it's not content "that should already be in the game" ...its a 200+ game they cut had to cut shit....the fact they are adding 16 free DLC that rivals other companies hasn't changed only thing that has is end of the year will be big expansions...its also been delayed twice and was suppose to come out already where this announcement wouldn't have came before release.

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GunEye

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> That's what they say. We can't really know if most of those 30 hours are running around backtracking on fetch quests. I mean that we should not take things for granted. We don't know yet if this "expansion pass" (announced prior to launch like other DLCS passes today) is worth the 25$.

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diablohitman

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> we dont know pricing and they said please if you have any misgivings wait for the game to come out. These are actual expansion though unlike the other "DLC" that comes out like look at destiny's 30 bucks you got like 5 hours maybe and it was shit. Even if its just just fetech quests for 30 hours thats more for the value then most other games at full price. CDPR doesnt lie to their fans but if you are untrusting then listen to their warning and wait dont rage about it here with these people and not buy the game like that guy did

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diablohitman

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Hence there comment of wait till you are sure. These are actually expansions though unlike the most other "DLC" of today. Though CDPR doesnt lie to their fans but if you dont trust them by all means like they've said all the time"wait till the game comes out make your own choice"


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GunEye

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> yeah you have a point. I wonder why there is no "loyalty discount" on the Expansion Pass. For me I have 20% preorder+loyalty discount on the game, making it about 48$. If I was to buy the bundle it would be 79$, while buying the game along and the 25$ pass would be 73$.

I trust them enough to deliver an interesting amount of content, maybe it was some portion that was cut from the final version of the game due to time/funding limitations.

I don't really like how they declared it and put it on store prior to release like other DLC Season Passes.

At anyrate, I am still trying to make my mind if I should buy this on Steam with the discounts, or order a hard copy of the game for PC, which will cost more, but would be cool to have on my shelf. For PC I assume the hard copy version will run on GOG software? (I never had GOG installed games). Or is it installed directly on the PC like games used to be ?

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diablohitman

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> GOG is the store front you buy it there it'll be digital copy. If you get a hard copy then it will install directly onto your computer yes. They declared it early so that people who like buying it all at once can do so

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rlakhani

"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."

He is showing such guts in this day and age, when industry's other big fishes are hell bent on bleeding loyal (paying) gamers dry.

I truly respect these guys.

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isshiah

Fair enough, but i don't have the stamina to play it again next year to hone my skills and recall characters and plot.

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unknown-racer

We all should be glade this game wasn't made by Capcom or this will happen.

The Witcher 3 $60

The Witcher 3 super edition $40

The Witcher 3 special edition $40

The Witcher 3 ultra edition $40

The Witcher 3 final edition $40

The Witcher 3 ultimate edition $40

The Witcher 3 final edition plus+ $40

So please stop crying about stupid season pass.

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ecter1216

I am a developer for ABB inc. We tell the customers that it will be planned for future release all the time. But in all actuality we just don't want to give them all that for the price we offer. We have Gated modules that tell us when we should sell and when to hold it back.


I understand this isn't a gaming company but as a developer I know the bullshits companies do. The code is already built into the software and hardware. They just don't have the ini files needed to use them. But all the code is already built and tested.


Now yes I dont work for CDPR, I dont know there true motives and intentions but if they are a company just like anyone else. They want and need to make money. SO its very easy to cut/withold data from people to charge at a later date.


Still buying the game, still liking the company, just seeing it transform into just another company in the new 5 years or so. I can easily bet money that there cyberpunk game will be full of DLC and blocked content cause they are testing the waters right now with this game. Loyal fans are going to support and buy this and that will give there shareholders the ok to do it in the next game.

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diablohitman

<< LINK REMOVED >> uhhh your company might be like that but thats not how development works. DLC maybe people as much as they say they hate it love buying it and beg for it. Blocked content? uhhh no thatd be like a cop murdering people and saying it's ok. CDPR is not that type of company and neither are alot of company's. i appreciate that you've seen how your company works i've also seen how many and a few others work and you cant put them all in the same boat as like that.

This isn't new for CDPR they haven't just said hey lets talk shit about DLC and DRM but add it in. They have been advocates against it for a long time. Yes they have expansions ....that rival full games.... thats acceptable DLC thats what they've been saying for years. DLC needs to have true worth and add to the game. This isnt some skins and maps or a few new missions like other DLC. There is no testing the water this is exactly what they've been saying for years.

Yes in every game stuff gets cut sometimes that stuff comes back in DLC however thats not withholding it to sell at a different date. Thats we dont have the money or time right now or thats not really important then coming back when your looking at what to add down the road. There's is a huge difference between cutting and withholding for a later date. Every game cuts something part of development but most dont withhold it yours might but don't throw every other company under that bus.

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yngsten

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They are simply exploiting an opportunity in the market that benefit both the consumer and their own business, They are playing the "good guy" card gaining publisity, admiration, sympathy and loyalty for releasing their product. This is an excellent strategy and will most likely even make many customers think twice about pirating TW3 and devert from it. Instead of having to "sell" it they make the consumer feel they should support their ideology and buy it. I am glad for it though, hopefully others will follow, cant wait to play it!

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hystavito

<< LINK REMOVED >> I was a bit worried when they announced GOG Galaxy, because it seemed like the first steps towards a form of indirect DRM for GOG.

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pcgrief

<< LINK REMOVED >> shareholders are the problem not the solution ;-) A-GREED

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ecter1216

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Yep, but in our company the shareholders are actually our customers so we dont even tell them about completed projects.

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pcgrief

ordered both, all the games are good from this series... PERIOD..

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Redneck1st

Now the thing for which I'm curious about is the DLC's going to be 30 hrs each or 30 hours between the two of them in additional game play? I guess we'll have to wait and see. As I am so looking forward to the release of this game. And if its anything like the previous 2 Witcher games and open world like Skyrim it will be worth the money.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It's expansion packs, not DLC. What is it with you late 90's tarts where everything seems to go over your heads. The DLC provided will be free, the combined expansion packs add up to 30 hours both combined. Learn to read.

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Mythicwolf4307

You can blame WB Games for the expansions, they are one of the biggest to DLC people to death. I bought Witcher 2 at launch for 50 dollars it was published by Atari. It came in a nice box with the game, dvd, soundtrack and strategy guide. Year later, WB games published the enhanced edition and charged 60 dollars for the x360 and pc version. All that came in the box was the game and voucher. It is no coincidence that this season pass is 25 dollars and the Shadow of Mordor season pass was 25 dollars.

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Sparkatus

Funny people discussing freaking SEMANTICS...

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PrickPear

<< LINK REMOVED >> Typical idiots these days. First it was resolution... now it's jumped ship to not knowing what expansion packs are. People of this planet are dumber than they've ever been.

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Billieguy

As a fan of the Witcher books, I can say this makes me very excited!

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benelori

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I'm pretty curious about both too...Oxenfurt means Shani and Toussaint...Toussaint is that world's Vegas, what happens there, stays there :D

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BehemothBlade

Other developers should learn from this.

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GunEye

<< LINK REMOVED >> Why? what's the difference? Everyone always angry about pre-release declarations of DLCs, and here they do just that.