CD Projekt Red, the developer behind the popular The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, prides itself on bucking the gaming industry trend of paying for all DLC. 16 pieces of free DLC were promised before launch, and the last piece is going to be awesome. New Game Plus.

If you’re new to games, New Game Plus (often abbreviated NG+) lets you start up a new game after you’ve beaten it at least once. Stats and items carry over to the new game. Some games also scale the difficulty of enemies to match your higher level. It’s a way developers let you play the game again while keeping all your badass skills and items.

We don’t know exactly how CD Projekt Red plans to approach NG+ with The Witcher 3. Increasing the challenge is something many of you who have already finished the game want. Me? Hell, I just got to Skellige. I need to get busy beating the game first.

CD Projekt Red hasn’t said when the NG+ update is coming besides that it’s not coming this week. Let the countdown begin.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt free DLC

When Marcin Iwiński, co-founder and joint CEO of CD Projekt Red, announced the free DLC for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, he wrote in part that free DLC “is quite rare these days. As gamers, we nowadays have to hold on tight to our wallets, as surprisingly right after release, lots of tiny pieces of tempting content materialize with a steep price tag attached. Haven’t we just paid a lot of cash for a brand new game?”

He continued, “at CD PROJEKT RED, we strongly believe this is not the way it should work and, with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we have decided to do it differently. Cutting to the chase, everyone who buys Wild Hunt will receive 16 specially prepared DLCs absolutely for free, regardless of platform.”

The 16 pieces of free DLC have ranged from armor sets and alternative looks to new quests and weapons. The most recent free DLC included new finishing animations. Gamespot put together a video showing the new finishers. And you can also see why people have been begging for a NG+ mode. Geralt is a tad bit overpowered in the video below.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s future

With the run of free DLC coming to an end, The Witcher 3 fans are now focusing on two massive paid expansions. The first of these, titled Hearts of Stone, is set for release in October.

CD Projekt Red describes Hearts of Stone as a “10-hour-plus adventure into the wilds of No Man’s Land and the nooks and alleys of Oxenfurt, where he’ll try to complete a contract from the mysterious Man of Glass.”

Hearts of Stone comes with the $24.99 Expansion Pass or $9.99 separately.

The second expansion, Blood and Wine, promises to be even bigger. CD Projekt Red says players will spend 20 hours exploring a new in-game region – Toussaint. Blood and Wine is expected to release early next year.

So, NG+ is coming to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Have you even beat The Witcher 3 yet? Let me know in the comments below.


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