CD Projekt Red officially announced The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition Thursday along with a release date for the critically-acclaimed role-playing title. Meanwhile, the game received some representation in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics courtesy of 19-year-old Russian pistol shooting specialist, Vitalina Batsarashkina.
The Witcher 3: Complete Edition is coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC on August 30 at a base price of $49.99. In some countries, it will be released as the Game of the Year Edition.
The packaged release was first revealed a German age rating classification, as previously covered by Inquisitr. Game Director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz confirmed CD Projekt Red was working on “some sort of a Game of the Year Edition,” though that exact name isn’t used in every region The Witcher 3 is re-releasing in.
The Complete Edition / Game of the Year Edition comes with The Witcher 3 base game along with the 16 free DLCs made available by CD Projekt Red plus the two paid expansions – Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine. It also comes with some improvements to the user interface, as Tomaszkiewicz explained in a PlayStation Blog post.
“Now available from the moment you start your adventure in the Complete Edition, is a new user interface. Switching between signs and items during combat is now faster and more intuitive. A new inventory grouping system let’s you find what you’re looking for quicker. And because there are so many things to see and do in the world of The Witcher 3, the map now provides players with more markers and filter types to better plan their adventure.
Russian Olympian Vitalina Basarashkina represented both her country and The Witcher 3 during her competitions. She competed in Air Pistol events at the Rio Summer Olympics where she brought home a Silver Medal for the Women’s 10m Air Pistol.
The color of the medal was apropos as she was also spotted sporting using the Witcher wolf’s head medallion to cover her left eye while shooting. A chain hanging off her hip with the medallion was also spotted by CD Projekt Red, who was more than happy to see their game at the Olympics.
The Hearts of Stone expansion was originally released for The Witcher 3 in October, 2015. The new story sees Geralt take up a contract from an immortal man named Olgierd von Everec. Through a series of misadventures, players find themselves faced with a crucial choice for Geralt to make at the end.
The first The Witcher 3 expansion received high marks from review aggregator Metacritic. It received a 90 review score average across all three platforms with praise for new customization mechanics, a superb story, and 100 hours worth of content to explore.
Meanwhile, the Blood and Wine expansion received even more praise than its predecessor. Released at the end of May this year, the add-on takes place years after the events from the main campaign. Geralt is offered a contract to hunt a monster killing knight in the Toussaint, a France-like vassal duchy that is part of the Nilfgaardian Empire. Players will solve the mystery with three different possible endings.
The Metacritic review scores for Blood and Wine were all over 90, with the Xbox One version receiving a 94. The final DLC for The Witcher 3 was praised for being a new flawless sendoff for Geralt with a compelling plot and vast new area to explore. The dozen-plus number of hours that can be spent in the expansion nearly makes it a standalone game.
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