There are many controversial topics in modern gaming culture, but one of the biggest is the subject of DLC, with many arguments over how it should be priced and whether it should be included at all. The recent release of a New Game+ mode for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt completed a free DLC campaign that its developer, CD Projekt RED, hopes will inspire others in the industry to release more free downloadable content.
The free DLC mainly consisted of the types of small additional content that is often charged for in other games, including extra armor and costumes. Marcin Iwinski, CEO of CD Projekt RED, stated that he hopes the game's free DLC campaign will "set a good example" for other developers.
"I'd like to extend my thanks to all the gamers who played our game and gave these DLCs a try. Nothing makes a developer happier than seeing gamers have fun with what they created. 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." — Marcin Iwinski
Not all DLC for the game will be free, however. Two paid expansions are coming as well: Hearts of Stone will release in October, and Blood and Wine will launch sometime in 2016. CD Projekt RED has stated that the two expansions together will total about 30 additional hours of gameplay, including new story content.
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