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CD Projekt considering expansions for Witcher 2 instead of traditional DLC

Wednesday, 11th May 2011 14:56 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

The Witcher 2′s senior producer, Tomasz Gop, has said that the developer plans on releasing future content for Assassins of Kings, but for the moment, the firm is laser focused on getting the game out the door first.

Speaking with Eurogamer.cz in an interview, Gop said the firm has considered all the different possibilities for extra Witcher 2 content, but it seems to be leaning more towards full on expansion packs than traditional DLC.

“Naturally, we would love to do a full-length expansion pack to give our players several more hours of gameplay,” said Gop. ” But our main focus at this time is to make sure The Witcher 2 is as polished as possible when it’s released on May 17. So right now, it would be premature to comment more specifically on things that are still in the planning phases and subject to change.”

Gop also touched upon the fact that players can import their previous saved game from the original Witcher into the sequel, but the firm did not make it requirement so that newcomers would not feel like they missed out on anything.

“Obviously, I can’t give you any specific examples because we don‘t want to spoil the game for anyone, but you can take my word for it that things are different depending on whether you import a saved game or decide to start fresh,” said Gop. “The Witcher 2 is designed to give every player a complete RPG experience, so it isn’t necessary to have played the first game.

“At the same time, we wanted to offer our fans who finished it some extras, so importing their saves can allow them to see differences in the way the plot develops and in the endings.”

The discussion of different plots and the like also brought about the question of mod support, something the first Witcher had and CD Projekt plans to continue supporting with the Witcher 2.

Gop said the firm is well-aware of the importance of mods with the RPG genre, and it wants to make sure that the editor can provide the user with the best experience possible. Gop wouldn’t comment on when the tools would be released as the team is “busy finalizing the full game,” so he couldn’t promise anything specific.

Finally, as far as the length of time it will take players to finish the game, Gop said the team doesn’t want players to try and finish it in a “certain number of hours,”; plus, it’s a rather large game to begin with.

“The Witcher 2 is a big game no matter how you play through it,” he said. “Some of our locations are so detailed that we’ve seen quite a few instances where beta testers got lost in them. On average the main storyline walkthrough takes around 40 hours.

“The difficulty level you choose can [also] make quite a differences. On the Insane setting, for example, if you die once, it’s game over – you have to start over from the beginning.”

The Witcher 2 is out on May 17. Hooray.

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13 Comments

  1. StolenGlory

    Hmmm, any news on when the review embargo gets lifted?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Dralen

    Do it, do it, do it!

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Sorvin

    I thought expansion packs was the traditional choice and DLC being the more modern choice?

    #3 3 years ago
  4. UuBuU

    GOOD. Expansion packs are so much better than DLC.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Christopher Jack

    Screw overpriced DLC like CoD mappacks, They should be included in an expansion the same way Rockstar has done with GTAIV: Episodes from Liberty City & RDR: Undead Nightmare.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Kabby

    Wicther Spelling Error Call Miss Nunneley Beep Beep Turret Alert Bzz.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. freedoms_stain

    @3, I was about to say the same thing. Expansion packs are the way it used to be, and the way it should be imo. The modern day dlc model is bullcrap.

    Perhaps typical rather than “traditional” would have been more appropriate in this case.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. HauntaVirus

    @1
    My thoughts exactly.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Shubb9

    Expansion packs > Item packs. FFS DA2
    Pre-loading from GOG right now. CAN. NOT. WAIT.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Edo

    #1 and #8 Here’s the first one http://n4g.com/news/760509/cd-action-worlds-first-the-witcher-2-review, some possible spoilers there just so you know.Personally, I don’t think that it is really a reliable review for obvious reasons,but that’s just me(but as yourselves I wanted to know how well did it do,too anxious about the game I guess).

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Old MacDonald

    Good news. Whatever BioWAre seems to think, role-playing games do not suit the “a couple of hours of content”-model of DLC. If I’m to sit down with new content for an RPG, I expect to be sitting a while. Not just because I like longer, more involved experiences, but because when the adventure is over in an hour, there’s no point in developing your character.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Phoenixblight

    @11

    Thats why I had waited an entire year to replay ME 2 with all of the DLC it was like playing an expansion pack. Quality on those DLC were superb especially Arrival and Shadow Broker.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. TheWulf

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay~! :D I hope they stick to this, I really do. Sort of like what ArenaNet did with Guild Wars campaigns. That’d be awesome.

    #13 3 years ago

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