Witcher 3 free on GOG if you already own PC or console version, here's how to claim

Written by Chad Norton on Wed, Jun 17, 2020 5:30 PM
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Everyone’s favorite DRM-free storefront is having a great deal right now; CD Projekt Red is currently celebrating the fifth anniversary of The Witcher 3, and if you own the game on PC or console already, you can claim the GOG version completely free! There’s no catch, you just need to download their latest GOG Galaxy 2.0 launcher and sync your account with the platform you own the game on. But what if you already own the GOG version? Well then you are lucky enough to get another copy for free that you can gift to a friend.

And if you’re worried about your progress, don’t fret, because the GOG Galaxy launcher will automatically import the progress you’ve already made including stats, achievements, and game time. The platforms that are eligible to sync your account are Steam, Origin, and Epic Games Store for PC, and the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live accounts for consoles. The Nintendo Switch version is currently not supported in the deal.

Whatever version you own on another platform you will be able to receive the same one on GOG. For instance, if you own The Witcher III Game of the Year Edition then you’ll also be able to claim the GOTY edition on GOG. If you own the base game and purchased the DLC separately, unfortunately you’ll only receive a copy of the base game and have to buy the DLC separately again.

Make sure you have the latest version of the GOG Galaxy Launcher downloaded! This deal is available only for 1 week and will end on June 23rd at 11am UTC (that’s 4am Pacific Time, 7am Easter Time, and 1pm Central European Time).

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Just a note to anyone wondering: It's only for the base game, you won't get the GOTY if you have the GOTY on Steam. Me and many other users have experienced the same and everyone has concluded it's for the base game as of now.

D3ATHKeeper

i guess GOG is taking tips from Epic Games

mm123456

they're also giving away Eye of the Beholder Trilogy banner at the top of the page GOG.com

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15:54 Jun-18-2020

Why would we want another version of a game we already own? I get that we can gift to to other friends but that's only if we already have it on Gog? seems a little weird, appreciated tho.

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20:47 Jun-18-2020

Well, if you have it on Steam, for example, you're now getting a DRM-free version that you can play anywhere and at any time, without an online connection.
If you have it on Playstation or Xbox - you now have it on PC, which is an entirely different platform.
The last thing to complain about is getting an "unlocked" version of the product as a nice gesture from the devs themselves, free on top of that :P

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05:19 Jun-19-2020

umm what? i think even on Steam it's DRM free. You can click on the exe and the game will start without Steam.

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15:35 Jun-19-2020

Interesting, I just gave it a try and Steam did not boot. Was never aware!
That being said, if you have it on XBOX or PSN - you get a copy on PC, so that's something!

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16:13 Jun-19-2020

The more you know. That just show what a great dev CDPR is.

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16:46 Jun-19-2020

You're also getting all the soundtracks that aren't included in the Steam GOTY edition.

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22:14 Jun-21-2020

You just keep dropping these gems on me, man! :D

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23:40 Jun-17-2020

And that makes 3, Thanks GOG for giving me The Witcher trilogy for free

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07:21 Jun-18-2020

For "free" :P

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13:32 Jun-18-2020

More like a DRM-free "unlock" for those, if anything. Still, I too got all 3 now (minus WT3 expansions), so that's not bad.

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21:05 Jun-18-2020

Update: got the GOTY version now too. Had to claim via GOG Galaxy again and it popped up!

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21:02 Jun-17-2020

i guess GOG is taking tips from Epic Games

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21:15 Jun-17-2020

Except that you have to own the game to get it?

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21:34 Jun-17-2020

To be fair GoG has been giving away free games long before Epic /fail ever came around, alot of the games in my GoG library I got for free....... but also to be fair, they don't do it with anywhere near the frequency of Epic /fails bribery, so you might get a maybe 10 free games in a year if you're paying attention.

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19:17 Jun-17-2020

are they just trying increase sales count artificially? I don't see the point of that.

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19:25 Jun-17-2020

I think it's more about trying to increase visibility and saying "hey guys..... remember that awesome DRM free, consumer friendly game store? We're still here..... notice us senpai!" xD Seriously though, not much an excuse needed for me to bring more of my games over to GoG..... I love everything about that store.

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19:36 Jun-17-2020

I wish it was DRM free. :D

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19:37 Jun-17-2020

Also I got the Witcher 3 on gog anyway, so yeah. :D

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19:50 Jun-17-2020

Well "optional DRM" to be more correct, since you can download most if not all GoG games without any DRM, or you can play them in the launcher with all the DRM to your hearts content, lol

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20:20 Jun-17-2020

The account is the DRM.

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21:18 Jun-17-2020

ummmm that's not really true though, since you can download the games and they do not require any connection to your account, you could literally share your games with friends if you wanted(not that I would recommend that because that's piracy and GoG is a company that deserves to be supported)..... but yeah, the DRM is only there if you want it.

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22:19 Jun-17-2020

But to get them in the first place you are tied to an account based DRM.
Technically you don't need battle.net to run most blizzard games, doesn't mean there is no drm.

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22:30 Jun-17-2020

I don't consider it DRM considering that the software itself is not tied to the account, the account is just a way to manage your purchases, once you download the game, you can move that file anywhere and play it, even onto a PC where you have never logged into your account.... you can copy it as many times as you like, nothing about it is being monitored or restricted.

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12:57 Jun-18-2020

It's called account based DRM, and what me and you think kinda doesn't matter since well, it's not up to us to decide what a DRM is and isn't, it's in its difinition and companies too know that it is.

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13:35 Jun-18-2020

@Psychoman When you go out to buy something in a store, do you consider that store "DRM"..? Is Amazon or eBay also "DRM" for your stuff because you had to create that pesky account? Don't be ridiculous. You go, you buy, you keep it on your hard drive for years to come. Create a smurf account if you wish, who cares.

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18:51 Jun-18-2020

Psychoman..... you have a very loose definition of DRM my friend...... DRM(digital RIGHTS management) implies that there is some mechanism restricting the use of the software so that you're not sharing it with your friends or posting it up on a certain bay......... none of that exists in GoGs direct downloads, infact 99.9% of games on that bay I mentioned ARE GoG games JUST for that reason..... so WHERE'S the "rights management" part?

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23:05 Jun-18-2020

I want to download the software without having to have an account that I do NOT even own. Can't? DRM.

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23:06 Jun-18-2020

https://www.pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Digital rights management _ (DRM)
It even says it here.


P.S remove space between _ and words.

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23:17 Jun-18-2020

Nah dude..... you're stretching it horribly.... account based DRM means the software is LINKED to the account and the only way you can use it is by logging into that account...... it DOES NOT mean that you have to have an account for the initial download........ but call it whatever you want, if you want to call it DRM, that's fine by me.... but don't look surprised when people give you weird looks, lol

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14:51 Jun-19-2020

Again check the link I've given above, it's NOT what I say, it's what IT IS.
Again remove the space between the "_" because it's a key symbol in GD for font editing.

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20:39 Jun-17-2020

To be fair, GOG has been doing stuff like this for ages. GOG Connect has been a thing for years now, but they haven't really done it recently.

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21:49 Jun-17-2020

Seeing as how they are trying to get people to link their Steam, PS and Xbox etc. accounts for the free game, I am guessing they want to get more people to use their all-platforms-in-one system, aka GOG Galaxy 2.0?

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13:37 Jun-18-2020

Seems like it. Truth be told, I've not really tried Galaxy 2 before this, so it was a nice little incentive to explore it!

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17:32 Jun-19-2020

I have been using it for a long time, it is pretty good. My issues are some of the different platform integrations disconnecting from time to time and you have to manually reconnect some times. Other than that I have no worries. As someone who has a lot of physical copies of old games without online store integrations (like Test Drive Unlimited 2), I like the fact that you can manually add a game to your library so you can keep track of them.

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17:59 Jun-19-2020

GOG 2.0 is really laggy and slow for me, but I definitely have a unique library, so can't blame it too much and I doubt many people experience the same amount of issues as I do. My Steam integration is guaranteed to crash every time I launch GOG 2.0, even on fresh install when it's trying to sync.

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17:11 Jun-23-2020

@Executer you can add games and software on Steam too, change their cover images, etc. I've just been doing that instead, so didn't feel the need for GOG Galaxy.
@D3ATHKeeper - you have too many games, that's probably the issue :D

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17:27 Jun-23-2020

@xquatrox Yeah, that's definitely the issue (not sarcastic). It's sad, because it looks really nice :\

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18:43 Jun-17-2020

they're also giving away Eye of the Beholder Trilogy
banner at the top of the page GOG.com

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19:26 Jun-17-2020

Thanks again for that...... Eye of the beholder was the first D&D video game I've ever played, and I loved it!

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20:27 Jun-17-2020

great hope you enjoy the nostalgia

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18:08 Jun-17-2020

Just a note to anyone wondering: It's only for the base game, you won't get the GOTY if you have the GOTY on Steam. Me and many other users have experienced the same and everyone has concluded it's for the base game as of now.

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15:57 Jun-18-2020

And a big update: If you open your GOG client again and wait a bit, it should display the banner again in "Recent". Now you'll be able to claim the GOTY edition if you have the GOTY edition on Steam. You can go here to verify which version you got.

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20:43 Jun-18-2020

Awesome! Thanks for confirming, I just checked and got the GOTY as well! :)

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18:01 Jun-17-2020

Let's write an entire article about claiming a free copy of the witcher 3 but not provide a link to the platform that's providing it.

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18:28 Jun-17-2020

they literally mention GOG.


they also mention GOG Galaxy.


the 30 seconds it took to complain would've gotten you it quickly, and efficiently.

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02:00 Jun-18-2020

This isn't the first time they've done this which is why i decided to bring it up

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09:50 Jun-18-2020

Cmon, I know it can be irritating to find an obscure source, but this one is very easy to find.

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13:39 Jun-18-2020

I'm with MobyFreak here. Linking to sources is just good practice and it doesn't matter whether the source is well-known or not. Links back to websites like GOG help with GOG's SEO, for example, which is one of the many little ways that the platform can be helped out. Arguing for GOG not needing to be linked is borderline selfish at that point.

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17:30 Jun-18-2020

I mean I understand that logic, but the wording he used was rude. it would be easier to ask, "could you provide a link," instead of the way he wrote it.

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18:01 Jun-18-2020

Thanks Bt123456789, there certainly is a nice way to go about leaving a comment/ suggestion without sounding entitled or rude. It seems to be a simple oversight on the writers part and your support against the comment certainly didnt come across as "borderline selfish".
To answer Xquatrox's SEO point, GD (a relatively small website) is not here to try and prop up large money making companies like CDPR and GOG by making sure we feed regular backlinks to them when we report on their promotions. It is normally considered enough to guide people to their marketing strategy.
I do, however, care about all the GD'ers and trying to make things a little more user friendly, so when we remember and get time to do so we would. Thanks for your thoughts Xquatrox, as normal they do seem to be on the side of "GD just aint good enough for you", but I am sure it comes from a place of love and desire for a perfect experience in your eyes.

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17:48 Jun-17-2020

Damn, I would get a copy for my friend, but I originally got it on Steam :\ so it doesn't count.

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20:09 Jun-17-2020

Ummmm yes it does..... you just connect your steam account to your GoG account, and you claim the game.

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17:19 Jun-18-2020

and if i unlink the steam account later will the game still exist in my gog library?

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22:20 Jun-18-2020

Oh really? Hmm I must have missed that; will look again, thanks for the heads up.


---just tried GOG connect, and I thought I'd linked my accounts before, but I had it refresh, and I still don't see any 'eligible games.' I'll keep looking.

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22:43 Jun-18-2020

You have to do it from within the Galaxy client..... not from the website.
In the Galaxy client click the gear icon and go to settings, in settings, go to the integrations tab, you will see a menu that lets you connect various platforms, click on the "connect" button for Steam...... it will import all of your steam games in a new tab called "steam", go to Witcher 3 in the steam tab and click "claim".

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17:48 Jun-17-2020

Getting 'The connection to the server timed out.' when trying to sync with psn.

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17:34 Jun-17-2020

interesting

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