CD Projekt Red has announced plans to offer owners of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 16 free pieces of downloadable content as a way of saying thank you for buying the game.
“We love games. We love collecting them, playing them, and everything connected to that experience,” said Marcin Iwiński, co-founder and Joint CEO of CD Projekt Red in an open letter. “Every time we reach out for a new release, we expect to be taken care of. We expect support if we encounter any problems, we love updates constantly improving the experience, and we feel really special when we receive free content that gives us more than we initially paid for. It doesn’t have to be huge, it can be an awesome skin for a character, or an extra sword, or armor.
“Unfortunately this treatment is quite rare these days. As gamers, we nowadays have to hold on tight to our wallets, as surprisingly right after release, lots of tiny pieces of tempting content materialize with a steep price tag attached. Haven’t we just paid a lot of cash for a brand new game?
“As CD Projekt Red, we strongly believe this is not the way it should work and, with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we have decided to do it differently. Cutting to the chase, everyone who buys Wild Hunt will receive 16 specially prepared DLCs absolutely for free, regardless of platform. You don’t have to pre-order, you don’t have to buy any special edition to get them — if you own a copy of Wild Hunt, they’re yours. This is our way of saying thank you for buying our game.”
There’s no catch to getting these DLC releases, no need to pre-order or buy a special edition of the game. Simply buy the game either at launch or after and the DLC is yours. The first batch of free DLC will be released on February 25, 2015 and includes the Temerian Armor Set (horse armor included) and a Beard and Hairstyle Set for Geralt, the game’s protagonist. Following this, two new pieces of DLC will be released each week until all 16 are available.
Of course, the question was asked why this DLC isn’t just included with the game at launch. “Just because we announced the DLC, it doesn’t mean that it’s ready right now,” community manager Marcin Momot explained. “Some folks at the studio are already working and we will have it for you right after the release of the game.”
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 24, 2015.
Source: CD Projekt Red