We love you CD Projekt!
I can't wait for the Witcher 3. It's actually keeping me up at night. And no matter how I end up getting the game, whether I pre-order or pick it up weeks after release, I'm going to be eligible for the sixteen pieces of free DLC that CD Projekt will be dishing out to everyone who buys a copy of the game.
It's sort of sad that such basic generosity and goodwill requires a press release and a news post, but frankly it's worth shouting from the rooftops in this world of Season Pass pre-orders, day one paid DLC, and other anti-consumer bullshit.
Here's the official blurb:
On February 25th, CD Project RED will release the first bundle of DLCs (2 of the planned 16) -- the Temerian Armor Set (horse armor included) and a Beard and Hairstyle Set for Geralt, the game’s protagonist. After this date, a DLC bundle consisting of two DLCs will be published every week, entirely for free. Gamers are entitled to the free DLC regardless of obtaining the game via pre-order or after launch. Instructions on how to obtain DLCs on specific platforms will be provided at a later date.
I mean, free DLC doesn't necessarily mean it'll all be must-have material, but CD Projekt don't muck about when it comes to trying to do right by their customers. If only other publishers we could think of would follow their example.
CDP RED's CEO, Marcin Iwinski also answered a few further questions in an open letter FAQ of sorts.
Q: What do I have to do to receive the 16 free DLCs?
A: The only thing you need to do to receive the 16 DLCs is purchase The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. All of the DLCs will be available for free on every platform (i.e. Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4).
Q: Do I have to pre-order to get the free DLCs?
A: No, each piece of content will be available for download regardless of you buying the game before or after launch on February 24th, 2015.
Q: I have the standard version of the game (i.e. not the Collector’s Edition). Do I still get the free DLCs?
A: Yes. You get the 16 DLCs regardless of the version of the game you bought (i.e. standard or Collector's, digital or physical).
Q: What’s the plan? When can I expect the DLCs to be released?
A: The plan is to release a new DLC bundle (each bundle contains two DLCs) on a weekly basis, following the game’s launch February 24th, 2015. The first DLC bundle will be released the next day on February 25th. The next bundle will be available for download a week after that, on March 4th, the next on March 11th, and so on. The first bundle will contain the Temerian Armor Set and a Beard and Hairstyle Set for Geralt. The second bundle will contain an additional quest and an alternative look for one of the game’s main characters -- Yennefer of Vengerberg.
Q: Where can I find out more?
A: You can find more details on http://www.thewitcher.com. At this moment, four DLCs (two bundles) are revealed. The remaining DLCs will be unveiled each week after launch.
It's strange. Making DLC plural has somehow also made it cound cuter and less like a company is opening a singularity in my wallet. DLCs... Mmmmmm.God bless you, CDP.