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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt: Offers 16 Free DLCs

BMunchausenBMunchausen Staff WriterMMORPG.COM Staff Posts: 400

CD PROJEKT RED is getting ready for the February 24th 2015 release of its open world RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and in light of that, are unveiling plans for 16 free chunks of downloadable content.

The first two will release with the game: The Temerian Armor (including horse armor) and the Beard and Hairstyle Set for the game's hero, Geralt.  Subsequent bundles will be released every week and will be available to all owners of the game, regardless of when the game is purchased.

For more information re: DLC bundles for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, visit the game's official website.

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  • DeathWolf2uDeathWolf2u Member Posts: 291
    Here is the perfect example from a great company how not to be greedy like all the rest.
  • HyanmenHyanmen Member UncommonPosts: 5,357
    A bit funny how there's two free day one DLC's.... I mean, why make it DLC if it comes with the product and is free? Makes no sense.
    Using LOL is like saying "my argument sucks but I still want to disagree".
  • raapnaapraapnaap Member UncommonPosts: 434
    Originally posted by DeathWolf2u
    Here is the perfect example from a great company how not to be greedy like all the rest.

     

    There was a time single player games actually shipped with their full content package. Wrapping it up into little bits they call 'DLC' doesn't make the product larger or better, neither does it make the developer look generous. It's just marketing buzz for stuff that should have been in the game as it shipped.

     

    Oh well, dead horse etc.

  • SovrathSovrath Member LegendaryPosts: 27,053
    Originally posted by DeathWolf2u
    Here is the perfect example from a great company how not to be greedy like all the rest.

    True though one can argue that if their game wasn't so massively financially successful would they still be inclined to offer free download content.

     




  • rodingorodingo Member RarePosts: 2,867
    Originally posted by DeathWolf2u
    Here is the perfect example from a great company how not to be greedy like all the rest.

    I agree that CDProjekt Red is one of the better game companies in many aspects to include their artists, game design, and devotion to their fan base.  However, this particular thing though with free DLCs already announced for their line up just tells me that they want to make sure they hit their launch deadline by adding other smaller aesthetic bits in later that could have been in from launch.  Does that make them underhanded or greedy?  Of course not. 

    I was going to say, "just call it what it is", but they are.  DLC (downloadable content).  So I don't know.  At least we won't have to pay extra for the same things other companies would be more than happy to charge for.  I guess it makes sense not to push the game's release back just because of in-game ponytails, beards, and horse armor.

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  • XerenixXerenix Member UncommonPosts: 237

    Such a great PR trick!

     

    Maybe other companies will do it aswell. Remove a few non-critial content from the game, label it as "Free DLC" then give it back over time and you're hailed as the best company ever!

     

    Oh well, atleast they aren't asking you to pay for it like other companies. =)

     
  • killion81killion81 Member UncommonPosts: 995
    Originally posted by Hyanmen
    A bit funny how there's two free day one DLC's.... I mean, why make it DLC if it comes with the product and is free? Makes no sense.

     

    If the game is being sold in a physical medium, it has to go to print at some point.  It takes many months to print the boxes, stamp out the DVDs, print instruction manuals, assemble it all, ship it to warehouses, ship it to brick and mortar stores, etc.  At some point you MUST stop developing for it so that all of this can happen.  DLC allows you to continue development while all of this is going on.  The new content is not included in the box, but you can download it.  Hence, DownLoadable Content.  Charging for it is something that publishers decide to do to make additional money.

     

    Here is a case where the developer created the game, put it in the box, THEN decided to continue work on the game without asking for additional payments.  That's pretty cool.

  • JJ82JJ82 Member UncommonPosts: 1,258
    Originally posted by Hyanmen
    A bit funny how there's two free day one DLC's.... I mean, why make it DLC if it comes with the product and is free? Makes no sense.

     Exactly.

    its all a publicity stunt. games release is 3 months out and they already know there will be 2 DLCs available day one and one a week every week after that?

    Just means they are deliberately holding content out of the release even though its already made.

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  • DakeruDakeru Member EpicPosts: 3,713
    Originally posted by Xerenix

    Such a great PR trick!

     

    Maybe other companies will do it aswell. Remove a few non-critial content from the game, label it as "Free DLC" then give it back over time and you're hailed as the best company ever!

     

    Oh well, atleast they aren't asking you to pay for it like other companies. =)

     

    Think it's cause EA did that because "DLC from day one on is what players want"

    Their excuse for obvious and filthy greed.

     

    Think these guys are just mocking EA and similar companies. PR or not - I respect this approach.

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  • flizzerflizzer Member RarePosts: 2,408

    Love the company also but this is just marketing doublespeak. 

     

    Not sure there is anything to praise them about here.  I still will buy The Witcher 3 since I consider it one of the best RPG series today. 

  • VonatarVonatar Member UncommonPosts: 722
    This must be an industry joke. Only thing that makes sense as Dakeru says.
  • psiicpsiic Member RarePosts: 1,612
    Originally posted by raapnaap
    Originally posted by DeathWolf2u
    Here is the perfect example from a great company how not to be greedy like all the rest.

     

    There was a time single player games actually shipped with their full content package. Wrapping it up into little bits they call 'DLC' doesn't make the product larger or better, neither does it make the developer look generous. It's just marketing buzz for stuff that should have been in the game as it shipped.

     

    Oh well, dead horse etc.

    Whereas I do agree with you, there was also a up to 10 gig day one patches that took hours and hours.

     

    Basically with day one DLC's what is happening is they have sent the disks out to be burned ( gold ) and they kept building digital content while the game is being packaged for release. Once the game ships they push the digital dlc's which use to be day one patches.

  • rojoArcueidrojoArcueid Member EpicPosts: 10,021
    Originally posted by Sovrath
    Originally posted by DeathWolf2u
    Here is the perfect example from a great company how not to be greedy like all the rest.

    True though one can argue that if their game wasn't so massively financially successful would they still be inclined to offer free download content.

     

    yes.

    Look at Activision and Ubisoft and all their heavily successful games, and they still pull crap on consumers and get away with it. And their games are far more popular than Witcher (popular isnt better IMO). Witcher games arent only successful because they are great games, it is also because CD Projekt Red respect their fans and consumers so the money they make on that game is well earned. Im happy to purchase a full priced Witcher game insted of a full priced half assed cash grab from EA, Ubi and their kin. A great example, Destiny (glad i only paid $38) thats enough for the amount of content it had at launch.





  • SovrathSovrath Member LegendaryPosts: 27,053
    Originally posted by rojoArcueid
    Originally posted by Sovrath
    Originally posted by DeathWolf2u
    Here is the perfect example from a great company how not to be greedy like all the rest.

    True though one can argue that if their game wasn't so massively financially successful would they still be inclined to offer free download content.

     

    yes.

    Look at Activision and Ubisoft and all their heavily successful games, and they still pull crap on consumers and get away with it. And their games are far more popular than Witcher (popular isnt better IMO). Witcher games arent only successful because they are great games, it is also because CD Projekt Red respect their fans and consumers so the money they make on that game is well earned. Im happy to purchase a full priced Witcher game insted of a full priced half assed cash grab from EA, Ubi and their kin. A great example, Destiny (glad i only paid $38) thats enough for the amount of content it had at launch.

    reread, I said "wasn't".

    "Wasn't successful".

    If their game "wasn't" successful would they still be inclined to give free dlc. I think they are great and it's great that they are giving free dlc but many times dlc really is to add to the bottom line. It's a mistake to assume that just because a game developers adds paid dlc that they are always "greedy".




  • lindenmeyerlindenmeyer Member UncommonPosts: 47

    nice...

    Game not even launched and we have 16 "free" DLC's ... Cant wait for the next 16 probally one week after launch.

    DLC = greedy . Prefer a big expasion like was in the past than this cancer ><

  • RaquisRaquis Member UncommonPosts: 967
    looks like the witsher 3 is the elders scrolls we should have had instead of that eso shit.
  • AldersAlders Member RarePosts: 2,159

    Patches are now called free DLC?

    Do they really believe people can't see this for what it really is?  Do they really think that poorly of their customers?

    Pretty soon we'll have monthly DLC and they'll charge a small sum for it.  Perhaps $14.99.

     

  • Po_ggPo_gg Member RarePosts: 4,717
    Originally posted by Vonatar
    This must be an industry joke. Only thing that makes sense as Dakeru says.

    +1, and to Dakeru as well. Seems all the others have lent their sarcasm detector to Sheldon in TBBT...

    It's just a small funny jab to games (and studios) using the late trend of paid, day-one DLCs. "Beard and Hairstyle DLC", c'mon guys, don't you see the joke here? :)

    I hope the next letter will focus on being DRM-free, which also includes a nice offline save option, even in the city... (you know, the city called sim? lol)

     

    edit: but of course it's great for marketing. Love these kinda ads, the last one I think was this good (funny, with a small jab, and also nicely built) was Rift's "Save a panda" campaign, when pandarens started to roll in. Loved that one :)

  • IAmMMOIAmMMO Member UncommonPosts: 1,462
    How about they put a all the content in the game, let us pay for it, then go and play it all and be entertained? It's annoying to see this company go this way. In the 1990's extra content really was extra content on top of a full  PC game. if this is going to be free DLC, why on earth don't they just include that content in the game?  Adding items with DLC  is even more disheartening.  What's wrong with developers today?  This is the last company I thought would start pulling these business methods.
  • DistopiaDistopia Member EpicPosts: 21,182
    Originally posted by IAmMMO
    How about they put a all the content in the game, let us pay for it, then go and play it all and be entertained? It's annoying to see this company go this way. In the 1990's extra content really was extra content on top of a full  PC game. if this is going to be free DLC, why on earth don't they just include that content in the game?  Adding items with DLC  is even more disheartening.  What's wrong with developers today?  This is the last company I thought would start pulling these business methods.

    I can't think of a good RPG that didn't offer enough content for the money spent. DLC in most cases is small insignificant filler that really wouldn't make a difference being there or not. Even if it's a quest-line in DLC form, it's usually rather insignificant. Hence why I really don't care one way or the other. I just don't buy most of it, unless it comes with a GOTY edition of something i don't already own. it's merely aimed at those who must have it all.

    I've also always found greed to be a rather redundant descriptor for corporate actions.

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  • SpottyGekkoSpottyGekko Member EpicPosts: 6,910

    Lol, this is wonderful !

     

    Perhaps the idea is that nobody will be inclined to complain about paying for DLC's 17 to 50 if the first 16 are "FREE" ? 

  • killion81killion81 Member UncommonPosts: 995

    ITT: many people who don't understand the basic logistics of releasing a video game through physical distribution channels.

  • nuttobnuttob Member Posts: 291
    All these posts assume the DLCs are all ready to go.  Maybe they won't be ready at launch...or maybe I am ignorant about the whole thing LOL!
  • DakirnDakirn Member UncommonPosts: 374
    Originally posted by killion81

    ITT: many people who don't understand the basic logistics of releasing a video game through physical distribution channels.

    Yeah, because there were never years before the internet where companies shipped physical games..

    All of this could have easily been patched in the first day if there was some "magical" CD image, just like every game did before the DLC crap started.

  • killion81killion81 Member UncommonPosts: 995
    Originally posted by Dakirn
    Originally posted by killion81

    ITT: many people who don't understand the basic logistics of releasing a video game through physical distribution channels.

    Yeah, because there were never years before the internet where companies shipped physical games..

    All of this could have easily been patched in the first day if there was some "magical" CD image, just like every game did before the DLC crap started.

     

    Patching bugs and other issues is not DLC.  Adding additional content that is created after the game "goes gold" for printing and distribution is DLC.  It's additional content that you download.  They don't have to add it.  They can leave the game as is when it sends off to the printers.  They decided to add additional content and they decided not to charge people for it.  That's a whole hell of a lot better than the majority of studios/producers that exist in the industry today.  I can't believe people are complaining about this.  It's a good thing.

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