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CD Projekt Red has sent word that the final piece of free downloadable content for The Witcher 3 has gone live for all versions, a New Game + mode. With this, all 16 pieces of free DLC are up for grabs. Instructions on how to get them are posted below, as well as a full list of what’s on offer, which includes new quests, contracts, armor, animations, and weapons.
CD Projekt has released gameplay footage from the Xbox One version of The Witcher 3. The video also features dynamic scaling from 900p to 1080p, one of the features the team is still working on. An accompanying note from the development team notes their ongoing work as the launch date nears: “We’re not much more than a week before launch, but we’re still fighting for every line of code—we want gamers to get the best possible experience we can deliver.”
A new video for The Witcher 3 has been released from CD Projekt HQ. Unlike the previous trailer, Rage & Steel doesn’t feature any members of the development team guiding the viewer through the footage; instead, it’s just Geralt facing off against hordes of enemies, man and beast alike. It’s nearly two and a half minutes of explosions, magic, slicing, punching, gutting, and dismembering. It definitely earned its age-gate.
A new video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt showcases some of the monsters that famed hunter Geralt of Rivia will come up against. Several members of the development team walk through a few of the different weapon and monster types, as well as how the AI reacts to various factors during combat, including the environment and weather.
Geralt’s return is nearing with news that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold. The upcoming role-playing game will differ from its predecessors in that it will take place in an open world, rather than connected hub areas. All of that space is being put to use, as CD Projekt estimates that Wild Hunt contains over 200 hours of gameplay. His latest adventure will see Geralt tracking down the Child of Prophecy. And if that wasn’t enough, two downloadable expansions were also recently announced, with one estimated to be over 10 hours long and the other over 20.
CD Projekt has uploaded almost five minutes of gameplay footage from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The snippet is from the campaign’s main quest, which sees Geralt of Rivia on a mission to track down the powerful Child of Prophecy throughout the Northern Realms. The trailer gives a broad, narrated overview of the game’s mechanics, including side activities (horse racing, gambling), the ability to join cults, dialog options that alter your stance in the world, the gradual repopulation of lands cleared of monsters, and combat.
Despite being an estimated 200-plus hours, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is getting even bigger with the announcement of two downloadable expansions, Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine. CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwinski emphasized the size of the additions by referencing the pre-DLC era, when expansions were physical releases, packed to the brim: “We remember the time when add-on disks truly expanded games by delivering meaningful content. As gamers, we’d like to bring that back.” To that end, the studio aims that each “offer more hours of gameplay than quite a few standalone games out there,” with Hearts of Stone estimated at over 10 hours long and Blood and Wine over 20 hours long.
Geralt of Rivia is getting in some practice before setting out in The Witcher 3 later this year in a new multiplayer online battle arena title for Android and iOS, The Witcher Battle Arena. As the leader of a three-hero party, players must guide their forces against another party in a battle to take and hold conquest points. The base game includes two maps, Nilfgaardian Arena and the Korath Desert, and nine customizable heroes from the Witcher series, including Geralt, Iorveth, and Philippa Eilhart. A “fair, player-friendly monetization system” is also in place, but all purchasable items, such as character gear and modes, can also be unlocked through gameplay.
CD Projekt has announced that they’ve added The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt onto PSN for pre-order. Geralt of Rivia will be setting out on his next journey early next year when Wild Hunt launches for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. For those who missed the recent reveal, players will be able access 16 free DLC packs regardless of whether or not they pre-order.