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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Gives All Players Free DLC
No, that’s not a typo. In a press release earlier today, Polish developer CD Projekt RED revealed that anyone who buys The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will receive 16 free DLC packs. All platforms. All editions. No pre-ordering.
The first two packs of the planned 16 will be released on February 25th, one day after the release date of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. One is the Temerian Armor Set with included horse armor (hah) and the other is a beard and hairstyle set for protagonist Geralt.
CD Projekt RED will then continue to release two more DLC packs weekly. The second bundle, releasing on March 4th, will include an additional mission and an alternative costume for the character Yennefer of Vengerberg. The remaining DLC packs will be unveiled “each week after launch.”
This news comes as Bungie is just the latest developer under fire for their DLC practices. Some content set to be released with Destiny’s first expansion, The Dark Below, have been found on the retail disc in a locked state.
This is, sadly, just the current state of affairs in the industry. What used to be the relatively uncommon practice of offering pre-order bonuses has now become standard operating procedure. Every AAA title must have a flood of pre-order content herald its arrival. It doesn’t help that publishers like Activision and Ubisoft are rarely transparent about these practices either.
Kudos to CD Projekt RED for bucking the current trend and showing such respect and gratitude for their players. I can only hope it catches on.