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All of The Witcher 3’s DLC might be free, but its expansion pass is not

CD Projekt RED today detailed two expansion packs — not DLC — for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, totaling over thirty hours of extra gameplay.

“With the development of Wild Hunt coming to an end, the team has embarked upon the creation of two new really big adventures set in The Witcher universe,” said Marcin Iwiński a co-founder at CD Projekt RED co-founder.

“We remember the time when add-on disks truly expanded games by delivering meaningful content. As gamers, we’d like to bring that back. We’ve said in the past that if we ever decide to release paid content, it will be vast in size and represent real value for the money. Both our expansions offer more hours of gameplay than quite a few standalone games out there.”

Iwiński has chosen his words carefully, as CD Projekt RED has made a point to assert that all of The Witcher 3‘s DLC would be free. And it still is, technically, as the thirty hours of content as part of The Witcher 3‘s expansion pass is called just that: an expansion.

The first of the expansion pass’s content, “Hearts of Stone” will be released in October, and the second, “Blood and Wine” is slated for early 2016. The pass, including both expansions, is priced at $25 USD.

“While we’re offering the Expansion Pass now, we want to make one thing clear: don’t buy it if you have any doubts. Wait for reviews or play The Witcher and see if you like it first. As always, it’s your call,” Iwiński added.

Some gamers are upset at the news, taking to Facebook and forum posts to ask why the content isn’t being released free or as part of the main game. Others are praising the company for their transparency and outlook. Which side do you fall into?

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be available for Windows PC, PS4 and Xbox One on 19 May 2015.

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