It’s a novelty when I’m able to take a break from grumbling about season passes and day one DLC pre-order bonuses, and today the novelty is courtesy of CD Projekt Red. Marcin Iwiński, co-founder and joint CEO of the studio, posted an open letter, revealing that everyone who buys The Witcher 3 will receive 16 “specially prepared” bits of DLC, completely for free, and not as any sort of pre-order incentive.
“Unfortunately this treatment is quite rare these days,” he wrote, preaching to the choir. “As gamers, we nowadays have to hold on tight to our wallets, as surprisingly right after release, lots of tiny pieces of tempting content materialize with a steep price tag attached. Haven’t we just paid a lot of cash for a brand new game?”
The first DLC bundle will arrive on February 25th, which will contain two pieces of DLC. There’s the Temerian armour set for Geralt and his horse and a beard and hairstyle set so you can make the dour-faced witcher look a bit more fancy.
After that, new DLC bundles will appear every week. So that’s two bits of DLC, every week for eight weeks. It doesn’t matter if you pre-order the game or buy it after launch, everyone gets it all.
These bundles won’t just contain item and cosmetic bits and bobs, either. The second bundle includes – alongside an alternative look for Yennifer – a new quest, charging Geralt with investigating the disappearance of some miners in a small village.
What future bundles will contain has yet to be revealed, but surprise free goodies are possibly even better than their known quantity counterparts.
The Witcher 3 will launch on February 24th, with the first free DLC bundle arriving the day after.