CD Projeckt announced this afternoon two new expansions for the upcoming sequel to their flagship series, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
“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,”
Hearts of Stone will premiere in October, while Blood and Wine is slated for release in the first quarter of 2016.
Unlike the previously announced free DLC for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, these expansion packs will come with an actual price tag relevant to content added. These major expansions to the game bring up some more questions about the eagerly anticipated title. Will these adventures be stand alone zones or will they add on to the open world? Will Geralt be able to take on these quests within the main game, or will they be stand alone campaign separate from the main game? All questions will be answered May 19th, when The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is finally released. The newly announced content will be available via the Expansion Pass ($24.99) or sold seperately with Hearts of Stone costing $9.99 and Blood and Wine available at $19.99.