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

Monday, 29 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.

Thanks GAF.

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16 Comments

  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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago
  4. backup

    free Addon’s are always welcome :)

    #4 2 years 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 2 years ago
  6. Kieran

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

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Mr Sparkle

    Another reason to get this.

    #7 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

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    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]

  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

    Ubisoft has announced a free trial of its driving MMO The Crew will be available tomorrow, March 25 in the UK. It’s live today in North America. For current players, the Vintage Car Pack and Vintage Live Update, including a new PvP mode, are now available. The Vintage Car Pack included the Chevrolet Corvette C2 […]

  • Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up and Pattern Texture Pack out from today

    A Mass Effect Mash-up pack and the Pattern Texture Pack will release on PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita today in North America and tomorrow in Europe. The Pattern Texture Pack is also available for Xbox consoles today. The Mass Effect Mash-Up pack contains the Mars Facility from Mass Effect 3 plus textures and craftable items […]

  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

    An expansion for The Talos Principle has been announced titled Road to Gehenna. The expansion follows the narrative of Uriel, Elohim’s messenger, as he explores a “strange, hidden part of the simulation” on a mission of “mercy and redemption.” Uriel is attempting to free the souls of the damned “at all costs.” Road to Gehenna […]

  • Twitch Plays Pokemon finally catches ‘em all – even the rare Mewtwo

    Twitch Plays Pokemon players have captured all 151 original Pokemon which were included in a modified version of Pokemon Red, and this includes the rare Mewtwo. It took 39 days for Twitch players to catch ‘em all. Have a look at the impressive feat for yourself below. Thanks, Polygon.

  • GameStop will have limited units of Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL back in stock

    Those who missed out on the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL will have another opportunity to purchase it outside of eBay. Tomorrow only, GameStop stores in the United States will have four units in stock, according to and internal memo sent to Kotaku. This is every store in the country, and again, only […]

  • Second phase of Fortnite closed Alpha launches today

    Fortnite’s second closed Alpha test will go live this afternoon, according to the official website. Those currently participating will have until April 14 to test the online aspects for 12 hours per day (noon -12am EDT). All progress from the previous Alpha test will be wiped, and other changes are listed in the patch notes. […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition: Jaws of Hakkon out now on PC, Xbox One

    As promised yesterday, the single-player DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Jaws of Hakkon, is now available on PC and Xbox One. It will run you or £11.99 or your regional equivalent. The new content expands the land of Thedas with mountainous regions and forests, and it is full of “vicious enemies.” Players will also be […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer shows Ascendance gameplay

    Activision has released a new gamepay trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to support the Ascendance DLC which releases next week. Ascendance, will release first on Xbox consoles March 31 and includes the next chapter of the Exo Zombies Saga, Infected, along with four new multiplayer maps: Perplex, Site 244, Climate and Chop Shop. […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight will be a digital only release on PC – report

    It appears Batman: Arkham Knight will not see a physical release on PC, according to ShopTo. The retailer was told by its buyer the Rocksteady game will only be released on PC in digital form. ShopTo is currently double checking the information. If accurate, it is unknown if this will be case in North America […]

  • Bloodborne patch focusing on load times, performance optimizations in the works

    A patch for Bloodborne which will address load times is in the works, Sony has said The load times were one of the issues noted in Digital Foundry’s report on the From Software title. Sony told Eurogamer the patch would also explore other issues as well. “The development team is currently exploring another patch for […]

  • Gearbox would “love” to have entire Borderlands collection on current-gen

    An Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of the original Borderlands game is something Gearbox Software is interested in, according to studio boss Randy Pitchford. Speaking in the latest Major Nelson podcast, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said should Borderlands: The Handsome Collection prove successful, 2K Games might consider a current-gen version. “The fact that The […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork shows the catacombs, dock, more

    Over the weekend we posted Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork along with news of a retail release in Europe. Today, we have better quality images of said artwork to share with you. Enjoy. The standalone prequel will be released digitally on May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in North America, and digitally on […]

  • Slender: The Arrival terrorizes PS4 and Xbox One this week

    In case you forgot, what with Bloodborne out today and other high profile releases of late, Slender: The Arrival is out today on PlayStation 4 in North America. The scary game will arrive on Xbox One tomorrow, March 25, and in Europe on PS4. Slender: The Arrival is an expansion on the original Slender game […]

  • World of Warcraft’s WoW Token rollout slated after launch of patch 6.1.2

    Blizzard has announced it will start rollout its WoW Token option in the weeks following the launch of patch 6.1.2 on March 24. WoW Token allows players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard will release WoW Token first in realms serving North America, Oceania, and Latin America and will expand […]

  • The Evil Within: The Consequence dated for April, teaser video released

    Part 2 of Juli Kidman’s adventure in The Evil Within will arrive next month with the release of The Consequence. Above is a brief teaser showing some of the “madness” Kidman will encounter. The Consequence will arrive on Tuesday, April 21 on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. European PlayStation players will […]

  • Bloodborne sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate” per performance analysis

    Bloodborne has been analyzed by Digital Foundry and according to the report, even with a 30fps cap the game sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate.” The game’s day-one 2.69GB update 1.01 is “essential” as it contains improvements to game performance and stability and the frame-rate tests run by Digital Foundry were in single-player […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews round-up

    Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews are out in the wild so we decided to catch a few of them for you. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is out today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The collection packages Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel along with each game’s DLC content on one disc. Better graphics and […]

  • Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, WWE 2K15 are this week’s Deals with Gold

    Evolve, Forza 2 Horizon and WWE 2K15 are just some of the games which are part of this week’s Xbox Deals with Gold. You can also pick up the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Pro Edition for 20% off as well as the standard edition for 33% off. For the Xbox 360 crowd, there’s also […]

  • Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles now available starting at $250

    Microsoft is offering a discount on three Xbox 360 bundles with prices starting at $250. The Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles feature various content such as a Kinect, 500GB console bundle and one month of Xbox Live Gold. Xbox 360 500GB Spring Value Bundle: comes with Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare download and Fable […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege beta sign ups now open

    Ubisoft is letting everyone register for the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege closed beta. Rainbow Six Siege is due for a closed beta sometime this year. Ubisoft has opened registration to everyone. All you need to do is enter your preferred platform and log in using your Uplay account. You will be entered into a waiting […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Exo Zombies map Infection is creepy

    The upcoming chapter in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies mode is called ‘Infection’ and Activision has been slowly revealing bits and pieces about it. A few teasers have been dropping ahead of Ascendance launch this month. The teasers are about the second episode in the Exo Zombie story, Infection. First off, the map. […]

  • This is the Bloodborne press kit in all its glory

    Bloodborne is a gorgeous game so it’s only fitting that the press kit it came in is a reflection of that. The pictures capture the many amazing bits of the Bloodborne press kit. A press kit is what’s usually sent to the reviewers alongside the review copy. They’re usually very ornate and almost all of […]

  • This Hearthstone turn is taking over 40 hours and you can watch it happen

    A very smart Hearthstone player has rigged his game to make one turn take over 40 hours, and it has been going for over 22 already. Hearthstone player Mamytwink set up a game against his friend to try and achieve the record for the longest turn in Hearthstone ever. Basically, Mamytwink set the game up […]

  • The Witcher 3: Geralt’s beard grows over time, but not Gandalf-long

    The beard of The Witcher 3 protagonist Geralt will grow over time, but you can trim it if you choose to. As part of a recently published impressions piece by German magazine Gamestar (translated by NeoGAF), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developers revealed that Geralt’s beard will in fact grow over time. Not content with […]

  • Sony mistakenly abandons Bloodborne trademark in the US

    The administration side of Sony Computer Entertainment has not been in the best of shapes recently. Sony has abandoned four game trademarks yesterday, one of which is for Bloodborne. The trademarks were all registered with US Patent and Trademark Office. All of the games trademarks pertain to unreleased games and Sony would’ve had to either […]

  • Payday 2 will be supported until 2017

    Payday 2 developer has announced that it will continue to support the game for the next two years. Payday 2 developer Overkill has revealed today that it’s planning to support the game until 2017. What this means is that more free content as well as paid DLC are in the works for release later. Payday […]

  • These are the top Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare weapons, according to the developer

    Based on their overall kill-to-death ratio, what are the best guns in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare? Developer Sledgehammer reveals the top 5. Sledgehammer’s Michael Condrey has revealed on Twitter the top 5 weapons in Advanced Warfare based on their overall kill-to-death ratio. Here’s the list: ARX-160 – Hole Puncher Ameli – Heavy HBRa3 – […]

  • H1Z1 has sold more than 1 million copies

    H1Z1 has already sold over 1 million copies on Steam. H1Z1 may still be in Early Access on Steam, but it has already sold more than 1 million copies. Daybreak president John Smedley announced on Twitter earlier. H1Z1 launched in January and instantly became a hit. The game has consistently been on Steam’s top 10 […]