The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has garnered lots of positive attention since it's public reveal. After E3 however, the excitement is soaring.
CD Projekt RED is a developer who caters first to PC gamers, so when the next-gen console Execs started talking about The Witcher 3, PC gamers felt shunned; and worried...
As PC gamers mostly, we were concerned about how the consoles DRM would affect the company, and the usual love from CDP in terms of patches. Who can forget all those huge updates they provided for The Witcher and The Witcher 2 back in the day - for free?
It's not about the money primarily (although free updates are lovely), but for that extra care and attention they showered us with. And from a recent interview, CDP will continue to treat PC gamers as they always have. It was revealed that PC gamers will get all the DLCs and updates following the game's release for free. Except for 'big' expansions that will charge a fee. But knowing CDP's idea of 'big', those packages will probably be as big as most other games, so we won't mind paying them at all now will we?
Marcin Iwinski, Head of CD Projekt recently said in an interview:
"It's too early to talk specifics, but definitely all the DLCs and updates will be free. Of course, we'll see what the platform holders will allow - what we can do for free [on next-gen consoles]. I mean, there are different business models on consoles. From our standpoint, we'll definitely do everything we can to deliver the same experience across all platforms.
Should we decide to do some big expansions or something, we'll expect gamers to pay for it. But again, it's all value for money. I think $15-$20 for new gameplay is a pretty honest and fair deal. But additional weapons and fixes, those of course comes as part of the package."
As for gamers with a bug for modding, not to worry. The recently released Redkit Mod Tools will also support The Witcher 3. What this means is that we will get access to fan-made mods quicker than ever before. Weapons, environments, characters - you name it.
Reaffirming this, Iwinski said:
"We'll be supporting The Witcher 3 for years after it comes out. We're also building the Redkit, and we'll talk about modding Witcher 3 when the time comes. It's all about a long-term relationship with our gamers. It even works from a business perspective. Abandoning our baby that we've worked on for several years would be crazy. The fact that we have a second game in development just gives us a better way to reallocate resources - QA and whatnot. It's just a better way to manage the process internally. It's better for the people and the team."
So GD'ers, did you have doubts CD Projekt would start focusing on the consoles? Are you excited with everything you've seen of The Witcher 3 up until now? Tell us your answers in the comments below!