Every time we read about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, it sounds better and better and this latest bit of news continues that trend.
Last week we heard that it would take more than 200 hours to finish all the quests in the game and now we're getting some details on the upcoming paid DLC. Apparently there will be two expansion packs for the game released after launch, which will contain entirely new story elements and locations and multiple hours of gameplay. Here's the breakdown of the two packs, straight from the developers:
"Hearts of Stone will take Geralt on an all-new, 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. Caught in a thick tangle of deceit, Geralt will need all his cunning and strength to solve the mystery and emerge unscathed."
"Blood and Wine, a 20-hour-plus tale that will introduce the all-new in-game region of Toussaint, will take Geralt to a land untainted by war, where an atmosphere of carefree indulgence and knightly ritual masks an ancient, bloody secret."
That's at least 30 extra hours of gameplay, including entirely new assets and locations. And bear in mind this is in addition to the 16 entirely free DLC packs which will arrive post release, offering up in game items like new armour, character skins, new beards and entire extra quests.
It's great to see a company paying real attention to DLC, especially in a world where Season Passes often contain a limited amount of content. Naturally, the expansion packs will come with a cost - you can get the Expansion Pass for €24.99 on Steam or GOG.com now. There's no standalone price for consoles just yet but you will be able to pick up the game and the expansion pack for around $85. Hearts of Stone will be available for €9.99 and Blood and Wine will retail for €19.99, though those prices aren't set in stone.
Hearts of Stone arrives in October 2015, with Blood and Wine coming in early 2016 - the free DLC packs will be released over the next number of months.
The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt comes to PS4, Xbox One and PC from the 11th of May 2015.