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Witcher 2 DLC to remain free on PC, same can’t be said for Xbox 360

Wednesday, 28th September 2011 13:49 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

The Witcher 2′s development director, Adam Badowski, has said that due to restrictive polices on Xbox 360, DLC for the game is unlikely to be free as it is on PC.

Speaking in an interview with RPS, Badowski said not being able to offer free content to its supporters is not something its takes likely either, as CD Projekt doesn’t like seeing gamers “treated like dairy cows.”

“We don’t see the idea as wrong, but we definitely don’t like to see gamers treated like dairy cows that are primed for milking,” he said. “All too often, DLC is seen as an additional revenue opportunity. That’s not bad in itself – we’re not only in this industry to make games, we’re also here to do business. But we shouldn’t look at it exclusively from the latter angle, because that sometimes leads to decisions that could leave a bad taste in one’s mouth.

“If you only think about the business in terms of the money it can generate, I think you could come awfully close to forcing players to buy something additional in order to enjoy fully a game they just bought. And that’s simply not fair.

“Of course, it’s not always like that. There is interesting DLC out there, featuring a lot of new content (new areas, opponents, quests and so on), as well as DLC that is entirely optional, not needed to enjoy the game itself but valuable to the biggest fans. And it’s hard to blame game authors for charging for such things.”

Badowski said all DLC for the PC version of The Witcher 2 will remain free, with a possible few exceptions.

“All DLC for the PC version is and will remain free,” he said. “That’s not likely to be the story for the Xbox version, because of certain Microsoft policies that need to be followed. But on PC, once you buy our game, you don’t need to worry about any additional costs – we will provide all updates, including those featuring new content, for free.

“I think it’s reasonable than when you buy our product, you can expect us to service it for you quite a long time after release, though less intensively as time goes by. Any payable DLC that appears is likely to be a more classic expansion pack along the lines of, say, Baldur’s Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast – but this is a purely theoretical discussion at this point, as we have yet to confirm or even plan any official expansion packs.”

The Witcher 2 is out on Xbox 360 during Q1 2012, and will include the 2.0 update releasing for PC on September 29.

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  1. Maximum Payne

    Shocking !

    #1 3 years ago
  2. YoungZer0

    It’s good being a PC gamer.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Colin Gallacher

    Not that shocking really. It was the same situation with all the Left 4 Dead DLC as well.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Moonwalker1982

    To be expected, but all those 2.0 changes and DLC at release WILL be free, right? CDP has said it will be all on the disc already and free. This is about future DLC, right?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    @4, No. It’s about current DLC. Not future. Read the article.

    PC content is free.

    Xbox 360 content is not for free.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. YoungZer0

    @4: Sorry. :)

    #6 3 years ago
  7. mosterdziej

    Good job CDPR!

    @Moonwalker1982

    Current DLC on PC will be free and already on the console disc – as you said. For the future DLC you must pay probably.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Ge0force

    X360-owners are already used to pay for stuff that’s free on every other platform, so what’s new?

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Moonwalker1982

    @7

    You sure about that? It wouldn’t surprise me if they let us pay for content already on disc, has happened several times now with certain games.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. loki

    So fuck you with your DLC

    #10 3 years ago
  11. speedxl01

    It should be free, I don´t know how MS can get away with it, really..

    #11 3 years ago
  12. robmlufc

    @11 they get away with it because people keep paying.

    #12 3 years ago