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CD Projekt Announces Two Paid Expansions For The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Update 2: There has been some discrepancy over CD Projekt's plans for DLC. The promised 16 pieces of add-on content will be delivered at no additional cost to all players.

CD Projekt previously stated that it would only charge for content if it believed that users would appreciate was on offer. You can read that story here.

Update 1: We received information on the pricing, which breaks down as follows:

  • Hearts of Stone: $ 9.99
  • Blood and Wine: $ 19.99
  • Expansion Pass: $ 24.99
  • Game+Expansion Pass: $ 84.99 (Xbox One, PS4), $ 79.99 (PC)

CD Projekt reached back out to let us know that the expansion pass is the only way to pre-purchase the add-on content right now. We suspect the prices we were provided earlier will be attached after each of the content drops arrives.

Original Story:

CD Projekt Red has announced approximately 30 more hours of content that will be heading to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as add-on packs. The company is selling an expansion pass now, but urges anyone with concerns to wait.

The first content pack, Hearts of Stone, is planned for an October 2015 release. CD Projekt anticipates this adventure in the wilds of No Man’s Land will last at least 10 hours.

The second expansion, Blood and Wine, will arrive in the first quarter of 2016. This one is targeted for 20 hours of material and will take Geralt to the new region of Toussaint.

“While we’re offering the Expansion Pass now, we want to make one thing clear: don’t buy it if you have any doubts,” says CD Projekt Red co-founder Marcin Iwinski. “Wait for reviews or play The Witcher and see if you like it first. As always, it’s your call.”

The expansions are coming to Xbox One, PS4, and PC. The game will be released on May 19. For more, check out our recent hands-on impressions and information on the title's second playable character.

We’ve inquired with CD Projekt about expansion pass pricing, as it wasn’t in the press release, the official website, or listed on partner storefronts. We’ll update should we receive a response.

 

Our Take
In addition to this (seemingly meaty) expansion content, CD Projekt is offering 16 smaller DLC packs for every player on all three platforms. It’s clear there will be much more game in the add-ons, but without knowing the price (yet), it’s hard to judge value.

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