The Witcher developer CD Projekt RED has traditionally offered extra content for entries in the series at no extra charge. In an industry that is more than willing to sell you extra content, they stood apart – and it sounds like that won’t be changing with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, either.
Speaking with the Examiner (via Game Informer), Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, game director on The Witcher 3, said that the developer was against the idea of selling players extra content. Why? According to him, CD Projekt RED simply doesn’t believe in going down that road.
“We could sell extra content to gamers ‘down the road,’ but we don’t believe in that,” Tomaszkiewicz told the site, adding, “We believe patches, fixes and additional content should be provided to gamers free of charge.”
That’s not to say that CD Projekt RED would never release any DLC – but if they did, the amount of content would have to be rather high to justify a price tag. “Only something REALLY big, and something that will not make you feel ripped off, justifies a price tag,” Tomaszkiewicz said.
Should CD Projekt RED ever decide to sell you a piece of content, the developer said in closing, you can rest assured that you will get your money’s worth.
From the sound of it, we likely won’t need very much downloadable content for The Witcher 3 anyway. The developer has repeatedly boasted the game’s transition into the open-world genre, and has promised that players can expect a significant amount of activities for protagonist Geralt to partake in while adventuring through the game’s virtual world.
Whether there’s any truth in that remains to be seen – its debut on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox One isn’t expected until sometime next year. In the meantime, the following trailer for The Witcher 3 from E3 2013 will have to do.