Polish developer CD Projekt Red is famous for their singular devotion to their fans. They’ve never forgotten their humble origins selling pirated computer games out the back of a van behind the iron curtain, making a point of staying DRM-free and retaining their company’s original moniker despite the fact that they they no longer sell CDs, and all civilized nations agree that isn’t how you spell “project”.
In continuing affirmation of this commitment, it was recently announced on The Witcher website that 16 distinct packs of free downloadable content will be released for their flagship projekt, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt , with the first two slated to arrive on February 25, 2015, one day after the game’s release. The first DLC only contains a new set of armor (horse armor included, the announcement makes a point of specifying) and some new grooming options for Geralt (the game’s protagonist, the announcement makes a point of specifying), but future bundles will contain things like extra quests. The DLC packs are scheduled to be released two at a time every week after the game’s initial release.
There’s little reason to question CD Projekt Red’s motives and it is in extremely poor taste to look gift DLC in the mouth, but let’s do it anyway. Statistically speaking, few players ever actually finish video games, and this staggered DLC could be a canny strategy to keep them playing and engaged. Alternately, this may be a way for CD Projeckt Red to hit their release date while buying a little more more time to finish polishing certain parts of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, a game that’s already been delayed. Still, even if that’s the case, it’s a much better alternative than simply cutting content entirely, which is how these things usually go.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is already supposed to be massive, surpassing even Skyrim, the gold standard of the enormous fantasy world. Do we really need more, even more content to be hurled into our slavering jaws?
Yeah, right. Like we’re going to accept not having an alternate skin for Yennefer of Vengerberg.