With back-to-back weeks as the leader on the UK’s Charttrack, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been a bonafide hit with virtually universal praise as an open-world RPG. As fans of the game enjoy playing CD Projekt Red has benefited with four million copies sold worldwide.
The developer of the series, CD Projekt, promises they wont let fans down with the love they’re being given.
Co-founder of the company, Marcin Iwinski said in an open letter to fans “you can be sure that we’ll harness all that positive energy and make the upcoming expansions worthy of the grand adventure that you’re telling us Wild Hunt already is!”
The expansions referred to, Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine, will release in October and early 2016 respectively. Hearts of Stone will retail at $9.99 while Blood and Wine will be $19.99. Both of the DLC releases are expected to offer a tremendous amount of content with Iwinski claiming they could would include more than some stand-alone games.
“”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.”
The Witcher 3 is currently available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC for $59.99.
CD Projekt has incorporated incredible life-like graphics, realistic physics, and now… beard growth into the Witcher 3?
Yes, the main character, Geralt, of the Witcher 3 will now have even more realistic features with a beard that grows over time ranging from a variety of different “states” that determine its length.
CD Projekt is known for its attention to detail within its games, but this news shows just how detailed the developers intend to make their world.
Though the beard growth keeps a dynamic look of your character, CD Projekt Communications chief Michał Platkow-Gilewski explained to Eurogamer those who want a static look can download a free DLC.
“When you download the free Beard and Hairstyle DLC the growth of the beard will stop because we decided that when players want a predefined look, it would be weird to require from them to reapply it time after time.”
The Witcher 3 is due for a May 19th release on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
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Ambitiouns and complexity throughout development have resulted in a 12 week delay for The Witcher 3 — shifting from February 24th, to a May 19th.
Developers behind the upcoming game, CD Projekt has announced that the title will need some additional time to ensure a working product upon launch, and has apologized for the change.
“Even though everyone is working at full speed, we concluded that we need another 12 weeks, so we are shifting the release date of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to May 19th, 2015.
We owe you an apology. We set the release date too hastily. It’s a hard lesson, one to take to heart for the future. We know what we want to do to make Wild Hunt one of the best RPGs you will ever play. And we continue to work hard to achieve just that. So, we apologize and ask for your trust.”
– Board of CD PROJEKT SA
While for many this may be disappointing in some ways, it’s a very positive decision for both the gamers and the devs.
After so many inadequate releases from a variety of developers as of late, it is a safer right now to not give fans a product that may be seen as inferior to the expected quality in order to keep the general public reception of the IP positive.