The Witcher 3 free DLC run comes to a close; covers everything from finishing moves to facial hair | PCGamesN

The Witcher 3 free DLC run comes to a close; covers everything from finishing moves to facial hair

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Not even the gross pluralisation of the acronym DLC can undo the good work CD Projekt RED have done since the release of The Witcher 3.

“We’ve been releasing free DLCs since launch,” said CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwiński yesterday. “And today’s release of New Game +, the 16th and last of them, marks a special moment for us and, I hope, for all Wild Hunt fans as well.”

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“I’d like to extend my thanks to all the gamers who played our game and gave these DLCs a try,” he added, doing it again. “I would really like to see such initiatives become an industry standard rather than an exception to the general rule, and I hope that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has set a good example.”

The DLC to date spans aesthetic additions - new finishing animations and alternative looks for Yennefer, Triss and Ciri - plus armour and weapon sets, as well as a handful of new quests.

But the most game-changing are The Witcher 3’s New Game+, which reconfigures the campaign to present a challenge to Geralts above level 30, and the Beard and Hairstyle Set - a cataclysmic shift that sees our hero’s beard growth stop in favour of predefined chin-fluff.

If you haven’t downloaded the lot already, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got those you’re interested in ticked on Steam - so that the service can include them in its automatic update process. On Origin it’s a matter of selecting the DLC in The Witcher 3’s ‘Add-ons & bonuses’ section - while GOG Galaxy users will find all 16 on the ‘Additional content’ part of The Witcher 3’s game page.

CD Projekt have a proud history of post-release support that finally seems to have caught on - at Gamescom, I saw no less than three RPG Enhanced Editions. Any there any late Witcher 3 adopters among you, swayed by DLC?

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Acantophis3rD Avatar
2 Years ago

What CD Project RED did is a testament every company should follow. In a time with ridiculous overpriced DLC overflow including garbage (Evolved *hint *hint), they delivered what was industry standard back then. Pay once for a game & receive everything that follows for free (except bigger add-ons tough).

Haven't bought the Witcher3 yet cuz I first need a new graphics card. Looking forward to owning it & congratulate them with my well deserved money!

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trn(14 hours played)
2 Years ago

I haven't bought Witcher 3 yet, and I can honestly say that post-release DLC (free or not) isn't going to make a difference.

I don't really believe in computer RPGs. Games like Mass Effect, Dragon Age and the Witcher do not allow you to 'play a role', they allow you to make some cosmetic choices, or class choices, and then present you with a series of decisions based on pre-determined scripted storyline events - often with clearly signposted 'correct' solutions. Most RPGs, I feel, actually belong to different genres. The three I've listed, I believe, are really action-adventure games. Unlike other action-adventure games (Zelda, Tomb Raider, Ecstatica 2 - best game ever?) they lack genre features I find compelling like satsifying combat and puzzle solving. Instead they focus on loot collecting, branching storylines and interacting with dialogue. I don't begrudge those who like these features. I do not.

So there, a cynical ramble with a simple tl;dr: availability of DLC has nowt to do with whether I'd like a game or not : )