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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Monstrous value for money?

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If you are looking for a single-player, role-playing game (RPG) to sink your teeth into this year, your wild search might have just come to an end. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt could be the best way to spend some of your gaming budget.

CD Projekt RED's respect for gamers shines through in the quality of their work and their stance on DLC content. Instead of charging for DLC content, the developers are giving away 16 free DLCs. However, there will now be two paid expansions as well. Some people might think that CD Projekt RED broke their "promise" of all DLCs being free for The Witcher 3. In an interview with Senior Gameplay Designer, Damien Monnier, he made it clear that if they "ever consider charging for something post-game, it will have to be massive, like at least 20 hours of game time." The two paid expansions exceed 20 hours game time.

Even with the paid expansions, The Witcher 3 is monstrous value for money in terms of polish and amount of content.

A polished, lengthy experience the community deserves

Broken game releases and developers who seem to care more about their bottom line than their customers, a prime example being Assassins Creed: Unity's launch. Developers like CD Projekt RED know what the community wants and is using that knowledge to create a game that the gaming community deserves.

CD Projekt Red pushed back the release date to avoid a broken release date multiple times to deliver an experience of the utmost quality. The “When it’s ready” approach to game development might annoy some gamers who desperately want to get their hands on a long awaited title. However, due to these delays to polish the game, it is clear that CD Projekt RED has the best interest of gamers at heart.

Most AAA single player titles these days, for example The Order: 1886, that lasts only four to six hours. The Witcher 3 will have over 200 hours of gameplay in its base game if you want to reach 100% completion. This exceptional amount of gameplay time offers value for money the likes the industry has not seen from a AAA developer since Skyrim.

Two wild expansions appear – Value for money

As mentioned earlier, The Witcher 3 will have 16 free DLCs for anyone who buys the base game. Earlier today it CD Projekt RED announced that the game will have two expansions worthy of the name in both size and quality. The expansions can be pre-ordered via an Expansion Pass (includes both expansions) right now for $24,99 on Steam.

CD Projekt RED co-founder, Marcin Iwiński announces:

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.  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.” - Source

Even though the game looks fantastic and the value for money promised by the developers are of the highest level, some of you might still be wary of pre-ordering an “Expansion Pass” for an unreleased game; especially after the Assassins Creed: Unity incident last year.

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Marcin Iwiński comments on the Expansion Pass:

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,” - Source

The two expansions, Hearts of Stone as well as Blood and Wine will be available on all three platforms, namely Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The first of which, Hearts of Stone will release in October 2015, while Blood and Wine will make its debut in the first quarter of 2016.

Hearts of Stone will take Geralt on an all-new, 10-hour-plus adventure into the wilds of No Man’s Land and the nooks and alleys of Oxenfurt, where he’ll try to complete a contract from the mysterious Man of Glass. Caught in a thick tangle of deceit, Geralt will need all his cunning and strength to solve the mystery and emerge unscathed.  

Blood and Wine, a 20-hour-plus tale that will introduce the all-new in-game region of Toussaint, will take Geralt to a land untainted by war, where an atmosphere of carefree indulgence and knightly ritual masks an ancient, bloody secret.” - Source

The upcoming expansions mentioned above will offer gamers new gear, foes, adventure and will feature both new and old characters. The expansions will be created with the “maximum attention to detail and quality by the joint forces of CD Projekt RED’s Warsaw and Cracow studios”.  Combined, the expansions offer 30 hours of gameplay, which is way more than your average AAA release.

Closing Thoughts

The game development industry should take note of CD Projekt RED’s policy regarding DLC content. The Witcher 3 is shaping up to be one of the biggest releases this year. With the amount of free DLCs, two meaty expansions and a base game that is approximately 200 hours long to fully complete, there is no doubt The Witcher 3 is one of the best value for money purchases you can make.

What do you think about the two expansions announced today? Could The Witcher 3 be one of the best value for money purchases this year? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

The Wither 3: Wild Hunt will release on 19 May 2015 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Sources: The Witcher, Steam

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