With games costing more and more to make, especially as we enter this new generation of consoles, developers and publishers often look to support the ever-narrowing bottom line with the sale of post-launch DLC. Some gamers love it, some hate it, but the business has been this way for years now and doesn't look to be changing soon.
...unless you're CD Projekt RED, developers of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
In an open letter
on their website, Marcin Iwinski, co-founder and Joint CEO of CD Projekt Red, announced that their upcoming RPG will have sixteen pieces of free DLC in the weeks after the game's launch. His open letter follows:
We love games. We love collecting them, playing them, and everything connected to that experience. 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.
The only thing better than free DLC, is free DLC with no strings attached, right?
The first bit of DLC for the game is set to be released on February 25th (the day after the game's launch) and will include the Temerian Armor Set (WITH horse armor!) and a Beard/Hairstyle set for Geralt. After that, DLC bundles consisting of two bits of content will be released every week free of charge. The second bundle will contain an additional quest and an alternative look for Geralt's long-lost lover, Yennefer. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
is set for a February 24th release.