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Witcher 3: Wild Hunt devs don’t believe in add-on content

Monday, 29th July 2013 16:56 GMT By Dave Cook

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED has never been one for DRM or DLC, and now game director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz has discussed why the company simply doesn’t believe in peddling add-on content for games either at or after launch.

Speaking with Examiner, Tomaszkiewicz said, “We could sell extra content to gamers ‘down the road,’ but we don’t believe in that. We believe patches, fixes and additional content should be provided to gamers free of charge. Only something REALLY big, and something that will not make you feel ripped off, justifies a price tag.”

But if the studio ever did decide to release DLC, he added, “We think you will appreciate what you get in return.”

What sort of Witcher 3 DLC would you appreciate? Would it have to be a sprawling expansion the likes of which the Elder Scrolls series is accustomed to, or should they leave it alone altogether? Let us know below.

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  1. Talkar

    Nothing like what Skyrim has please, it all just have this sense of, i don’t know, being half done, or something. Maybe it is all the bugs, maybe it is the lack of a non comical story, i don’t know, there is just something that puts me off about the Skyrim content.

    If any of The Witcher games ever got any sort of paid extra content, i would expect it to be a fully fledged expansion, like it seems only Blizzard know how to do anymore. But honestly i don’t expect them to charge for content as long as the current management is still steering.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Badumtsss

    Oh gawd, how many more times will we read the same thing about Witcher 3… Definitely need some new info.

    Latest information that it won’t be released in Q1 2014 is fresh, but I don’t see you writing about it.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Cool P

    I appreciate the fact they share the same vision as me, and more and more I like that studio. Anxiously waiting for The Witcher 3 and curious about Cyberpunk 2077!!!

    #3 1 year ago
  4. backup

    free Addon’s are always welcome :)

    #4 1 year ago
  5. fearmonkey

    Well, I love DLC and While it’s ok for the Witcher series to not have it, I love Bethesda’s DLC offerings. It’s great to buy a game, finish it, and then still have stuff you can do with it later down the road thats new. It makes a game more of an investment to me.

    Borderlands 2′s Tina Tina’s DLC was amazing, and worth the money, one of the best DLC i have played in a while.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Kieran

    they really are the only gaming company that puts consumer first and have to admire that :)
    so buying this

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Mr Sparkle

    Another reason to get this.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. infernalism

    I would actually want to see a big expansion, something akin to the Throne of Bhaal, or The Episodes from Liberty City, or even something better. An add-on that would introduce not only new quests, but also new areas and storylines/secrets about the witchers past maybe, something really fleshed out, adding like a dozen of hours or a little more of extra content, and that would somehow tie in with the main game (in some minor capacity of course, since it would be post-release content). I think Ulysses’ story from FNV:LR is a good example, but i would prefer a more concentrated effort, than four loosely tied pieces of DLC. It would be a paid expansion naturally, but it would be justified, and CDPR would make more money, which they very much deserve. “A win-win situation if ever I’ve seen one”.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. roadkill

    It’s called common sense. That’s why I always buy the Witcher games at full price. Because these guys respect their customers. I support them.

    #9 12 months ago
  10. Armitage Shanks

    Never really got into the Witcher 2,i suppose i should give it another chance.I enjoyed the story and the characters,found the combat and pretty much everything else kind of weak.Really excited to see what their Cyberpunk 2077 game will look and play like though.

    #10 12 months ago
  11. bradk825

    I don’t have a moral issue with DLC as long as there’s value for your money. If it’s something that really should have been included to make the game complete (I’m talking to you Mass Effect 3) then it’s not okay though.

    I pick on ME3 for the day one DLC, but in fairness they also did release a lot of free DLC for multiplayer.

    DLC should not be essential to the storyline of the game, and should not be a minor thing in exchange for 10 bucks. Go big or go home. If it’s a little hobby project give it to the fans for free. If it’s a fan favourite map, same deal (IW, thanks for Terminal for free, 3arc, why wasn’t Firing Range free?)

    #11 12 months ago
  12. infernalism

    @10
    And the stunning visuals + the art direction and design did not impress?

    Admittedly, TW2′s gameplay mechanics (combat, doors etc.) are far from flawless, but they weren’t awful (at least to me), and they supposedly are addressing the combat in regards to its failures in Assassins of Kings. More animations, you can break them part-way if you want, and dodge/cast a sign for example, so it looks like they are learning. If they can approach Dark Souls mastery in melee combat gameplay (taking the obvious differences between those titles into consideration of course), than with the open, densely populated world with things to do and kill, great art direction, and with the superior storytelling/characters, they will have a complete hardcore Action RPG experience that nobody achieved yet.

    This is what will truly define next-gen – new mechanics and solutions, bigger and more interactive worlds, not the same shit we already saw, just with better graphics and some new gimmicks trown in.

    It remains to be seen how the game fares once it hits the shelves, and if it will achieve those lofty goals the developers are setting for themselves. However, those are talented, ambitious people, who are passionate about their games, and their company is not only focused on making as much money as possible, but also on their good name and relations with their customers. There is a good chance, that in this environment, the end product will truly set the standard for next-gen RPGs. If you are not sure about CDPR and TW3, because you think their previous games were so-so, then just wait for the reviews and gameplay videos once it’s released.

    #12 12 months ago
  13. Armitage Shanks

    @12 sure the visuals are great also but its just run of the mill fantasy/dark age’s setting outside of that (although i am only 5 or 6 hours into the game) ,see i started playing both the Witcher 2 and Dark Souls at the same time and i just never really had to urge to get back into the Witcher,Its not a bad game and i can see that a lot of passion and energy has gone into it,the story and characters had me interested from the start but the gameplay itself just doesn’t appeal to me much,i had the same problem with Dragon age origins,I would probably be better off watching a lets play of it or just reading the books its based on.I am absolutely gonna give it another serious crack though.

    #13 12 months ago
  14. wildBoar

    Bethesda and Borderlands much? In terms of work vs. profit they’re practically stealing money. CDPR you’re just too good to be true. Nice to see some principles for a change.

    #14 12 months ago
  15. Radaway

    Why didn’t they talk about the ability to magically summon horses! WHAAAA http://www.puresophistry.com/2013/07/27/witcher-3-developer-interview/

    #15 12 months ago
  16. infernalism

    @13
    run of the mill? I disagree, most fantasy books/games/movies/tv shows depict a western fantasy outlook. The Witcher series (books and games) show a definite mish-mash of eastern (slavic) and western influences in it’s setting. So far in regards to The Wild Hunt it shows mostly in monster design. Leshen (Leszy in Polish), and Fiend (Bies in Polish) are both unique to slavic legends. It depends if it is, or isn’t your cup of tea, but you mentioned Dark Souls, and some of the monster design must have made you scratch your head when you played that wonderful game (I’m not beign sarcastic, I love Dark Souls’ combat and lore/story). So if that japanease game was not too alien in it’s art direction to you, a westerner (I’m Polish btw), than TW3 certainly shouldn’t be either.

    You mentioned you’re better of watching an LP, or reading the books. Well, it’s your choice, but that story is also one of the most interactive in video games, period. With a major split point in the story that basicaly makes it two different playthroughs, so on that merit, I’d disagree.

    Read the books though, if they’ve been translated to a language that you can understand (there are only three books translated to english, and they are not even in the right order, the are also some fan translations on thewitcher.com forums). They are definitely worth it.

    #16 12 months ago