With this week’s launch of the final piece of free DLC for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt Red is giving players the opportunity to continue their save progress by taking Geralt through a second playthrough thanks to the addition of a New Game Plus Mode. After first beating the main storyline of The Witcher 3, the new add-on allows users to play through the campaign again from the beginning.
However, while the DLC gives players the option to start the adventure over with the New Game Plus mode, gamers won’t have access to unlimited runs through The Witcher 3. Answering fan questions about the title’s newest piece of free DLC, CD Projekt Red community lead and website coordinator Marcin Momot confirmed that the players will only be able to engage in a single New Game Plus playthrough with any save for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
@SnakeEater1986 You can play NG+ once. If you want to play it again, you need to start a fresh NG+ playthrough.
— Marcin Momot (@Marcin360) August 17, 2015
Upon starting the New Game Plus mode for The Witcher 3, players will be able to continue with the progress that they made during their first playthrough of the game. VG/247 compiled a hand list detailing what carries over in the new game mode. Not wanting gamers to have to start completely over, gamers will keep all of the equipment, recipes, and money that they have previously acquired.
Additionally, Geralt’s level won’t be reset. This means that players will start The Witcher 3‘s new mode at whatever level they managed to reach. Since New Game Plus begins at a difficulty designed for a level 30 character, all players below that level will be bumped up 30 at the start of their second playthrough.
The latest free DLC offering for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the last installment of the title’s advertised 16 free add-ons. CD Projekt Red will continue to provide players with free title updates for the game but the developer will not begin to focus on creating the game’s paid expansions. It has already been announced that The Witcher 3 will receive two large add-ons that are expected to include over 30 additional hours of playtime.
In fact, the team doesn’t plan to stop supporting The Witcher 3 with new content any time soon. As the Inquisitr reported earlier this year, CD Projekt CEO Adam Kicinski confirmed that the studio’s core team will continue to work on The Witcher 3 for the next two years. It won’t be until some point in 2017 that the developer will begin to focus on their next game, Cyberpunk 2077.
If you were planning on playing The Witcher 3 a second time, does the news that you can only have one New Game Plus playthrough disappoint you?
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