The latest trailer for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s expansion, Blood and Wine, is now available. ‘New Region’ tours the somewhat peaceful kingdom of Toussaint.
It will come as no surprise to those who played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that one of the most anticipated releases of 2016 is the sprawling RPG’s major expansion, Blood and Wine. Where Hearts of Stone, The Witcher 3‘s first major expansion, delivered a concise story set within the already existing setting of the main game, Blood and Wine will expand past the known borders. As introduced in Blood and Wine’s latest trailer, Geralt (and thus, the player) will travel to the beautiful land of Toussaint.
Let’s allow CDProjekt Red to describe Toussaint, and the premise of the Blood and Wine expansion in general, seeing as it’s the studio’s game after all:
“Become professional monster slayer Geralt of Rivia and explore Toussaint, a remote land untouched by war, where you will unravel the horrifying secret behind a beast terrorizing the kingdom. With all trails leading to dead ends, only a witcher can solve the mystery and survive the evil lurking in the night. Introducing an entirely new realm to traverse, new characters and monsters, Blood and Wine is a 30+ hour adventure full of dark deeds, unexpected twists, romance and deceit.”
Where Hearts of Stone delivered an estimated 10 hours of gameplay, and what wonderful gameplay it was, Blood and Wine will feature over 30. Where Hearts of Stone focused on already established regions within The Witcher 3, Blood and Wine will open up an entirely new map for players to explore. Consider The Witcher 3 to be CD Projekt Red’s rock concert, and where Hearts of Stone was the song to kick off the encore, Blood and Wine will be the ballad with which CD Projekt Red leaves the stage for good.
Expectations for Blood and Wine are understandably high. For one, Hearts of Stone was excellent, so it only makes sense that a larger expansion would thus be appropriately more awesome. More than that, however, is Blood and Wine’s release date. Hearts of Stone, for many, was released close enough to the original launch date that the expansion content folded rather neatly into their normal game experience. Blood and Wine, however, will release so much later that its content will stand independently. In many ways, the conclusion of Blood and Wine will stand as the true conclusion of The Witcher 3.
Those expectations are, of course, quite silly. Blood and Wine will deliver whatever experience CD Projekt Red decides to deliver, whatever conclusion it chooses to fit into the last content drop for The Witcher 3 – and that will be that. CD Projekt Red, perhaps more than any other current developer, has built a level of trust with players that expectation should – in a perfect world – not be part of the equation. What it delivers will be what could be done with the time and resources it had, and players will respect that. As much as players respect anything, that is.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s Blood and Wine expansion will launch on May 31 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It can be purchased as part of The Witcher 3‘s expansion pass, which also includes the Hearts of Stone expansion.