The Witcher 3 DLC Content Is Free For Everyone


In an open letter from Marcin Iwiński, co-founder and joint CEO of CD Projekt RED, the developers announced that all 16 DLC packs for the upcoming installment in The Witcher series will be entirely free to anyone who owns the game. No matter when you buy it, what platform it’s for, or which edition you have, the DLC is yours.

Iwiński’s letter is awesome and uplifting. It’s a brilliant response to the growing complaints of companies squeezing more and more money out of gamers by charging for features, expansion packs, and story-essential DLC when the games are expensive enough already. You can read the letter in the link above, along with more information about the DLCs, but here’s a copy of the letter only:

"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.Regards,Marcin"

The first two DLCs will be released on February 25th, and include an armor set (including horse armor) and a beard and hairstyle set for the main character, Geralt. Following that, two DLCs will be published every week until all sixteen have been released.

Thanks, CD Projekt RED. Hopefully we’ll see more games follow in your footsteps. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt releases on February 24, 2015.

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