I didn’t think I would ever write words such as these, but a free season pass has been announced. Upon discovering this I swear in the distance I could faintly hear the sound of pigs’ wings fluttering, and the subsonic boom of the universe beginning to implode upon itself, quietly incapable of dealing with this revelation.
A free season pass is like the mythical holy grail, and CD Projekt RED has duly obliged for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, announcing a free DLC program bringing 16 packs of content at the rate of two a week for two months after its launch.
The first two bundles comprise the Temerian Armor Set with horse armour included, and the Beard and Hairstyle Set for Geralt to give the protagonist a bit of a makeover. All of the available DLCs for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be free to download on every platform, comprising PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, while none of the content will be restricted to a pre-order exclusive bonus.
CD Projekt RED is remaining fairly tight lipped about the upcoming content, only revealing the first four sets of DLC coming, which also includes an alternative look for Yennefer and an additional quest called Contract: Missing Miners.
“We love games," said Marcin Iwiński, co-founder and of CD Project RED. "We love collecting them, playing them, and everything connected to that experience. Every time we reach out for a new release, we expect to be taken care of. We expect support if we encounter any problems, we love updates constantly improving the experience, and we feel really special when we receive free content that gives us more than we initially paid for. It doesn’t have to be huge, it can be an awesome skin for a character, or an extra sword, or armor.
"Unfortunately this treatment 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?"
While all of this stuff is free, CD Projekt RED isn’t entirely discounting the possibility of paid-for expansion pack content. This would be on a much larger scale than the DLC seen here and will be more similar in scope to the likes of Dawnguard for Skyrim.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out on February 24th worldwide for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Do you find CD Projekt RED’s approach to DLC refreshing? Does it encourage you to pick up The Witcher 3 early at full price?