CD Projekt has announced two big expansions for Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, both adding about 30 hours to the game: Hearts of Stone, slated to come out in October, and Blood and Wine, expected in early 2016.
Witcher 3: Wild Hunt won't be out for another month, but the since the development for the game is nearly over, the team has announced two expansion-pack type content additions to the game.
“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,” says Marcin Iwiński, 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.”
Hearts of Stone, with an estimated 10-hour play-time content will see Geralt into the wilds of No Man's Land, and the nooks and alleys of Redanian Oxenfurt, where he'll be trying to complete a contract from the mysterious Man of Glass. Blood and Wine will add another 20-hours of in-game content and the new region of Toussaint, a land untainted by war, where the "atmosphere of carefree indulgence and knightly ritual masks an ancient, bloody secret."
Both expansons will add new adventures, equipment, enemies, and "characters both new and dearly missed."
An "expansion Pass" is now available on The Witcher 3 website, leading to GoG, Origin, or Steam (for PC), and Xbox One / PS4 store for consoles, where you can pre-order them for $25. CD-Projekt says the suggested prices for Hearts of Stone will be $10, and $20 for Blood and Wine. A bundled version will also be available for $80, but Iwinsky urges games to wait, if they're not comfortable paying for the expansion upfront. "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,”
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is slated for release on May 19. Hearts of Stone is expected in October, while Blood and Wine is slated for release in the first quarter of the 2016.