Two Expansions Announced for Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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CD Projekt Red have announced two expansions for their upcoming RPG, Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. With the expansions, Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine, CD Projekt Red is promising content that will be "vast in size and represent real value for the money." Hearts of Stone is going to check in at 10-hours-plus with our hero professional Geralt exploring No Man's Land and overcoming the deceit laced in a contract from the mysterious Man of Glass. Blood and Wine will check in at 20-hours-plus and introduce a new in-game region, Toussiant, a land untainted by war but hiding an ancient, bloody secret. 

The full press release for the expansions is below. The expansions are expected to release around a year from now, in the first quarter of 2016. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt releases for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on May 19th. It's looking like a solid next chapter in the Witcher series and the news that it will be supported with major expansions a full year after it's release is welcome news. 


 

CD PROJEKT RED, creators of the open world RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, announce two massive expansions -- Hearts of Stone & Blood and Wine

The Witcher is a story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game, set in a visually stunning fantasy universe full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher, you play as Geralt of Rivia, a professional monster slayer tasked with finding a child from an ancient prophecy.

"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 Iwinski, 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," Iwinski concludes.

The upcoming expansions will offer gamers new adventures, gear and foes and will feature characters both new and dearly missed -- all crafted with maximum attention to detail and quality by the joint forces of CD PROJEKT RED's Warsaw and Cracow studios.

Hearts of Stone will premiere in October, while Blood and Wine is slated for release in the first quarter of 2016.

Both expansions will be available on all three platforms: Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4.

For more information on obtaining the expansions, please visit buy.thewitcher.com

tl;dr

CD PROJEKT RED is releasing paid expansions for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, but they're doing it on their own terms -- honest and transparent. Both expansions are packed with meaningful content (total of over 30 hours of new adventures, dozens of new items and characters, a new region and city to explore), and the developer has worked hard to convince gamers that the additional purchase is justified. CD PROJEKT RED encourages gamers to make an educated purchase and not rush into buying anything based on impulse. Hearts of Stone will premiere later in 2015, while Blood and Wine will be available for download in Q1 2016. Both expansions will be available on all three platforms: Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4.

About CD PROJEKT RED

CD PROJEKT RED is a development studio established in 2002 and based in Warsaw and Cracow, Poland. Creators of The Witcher and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. Both RPGs were praised by critics and fans, gathering over 200 awards and selling over 8 million copies to date. Originally a PC developer, CD PROJEKT RED has also released The Witcher on Mac and The Witcher 2 on Xbox 360, PC and Mac. The studio is now working on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, a fantasy RPG with a character-driven, non-linear story set in a vast, open world. The game will be released May 19th, 2015 on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Playstation®4 and PC. The developer is also working on Cyberpunk 2077 in collaboration with Mike Pondsmith, the original designer of the pen-and-paper Cyberpunk® futuristic RPG system in which the upcoming game is set. CD PROJEKT RED??s mission is to take the passion they have for games and harness it to make the best RPGs in the world. Along with GOG.COM, the Internet's leading destination for the best DRM-Free games in history on PC and Mac, CD PROJEKT RED is part of the Warsaw Stock Exchange listed (ISIN: PLOPTTC00011) CD PROJEKT Group.

 
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