The release date for Blood and Wine, the next expansion for CD Projekt Red’s action-RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gets a potential release date by way of a listing online.
According to a post on the Polish gaming website known as GRYOnline, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s forthcoming DLC known as Blood and Wine is launching on June 7 of this year. Of course, since the action-RPG’s developer CD Projekt Red has yet to officially announce the expansion’s release date, the information is to be taken with a grain of salt.
With The Witcher 3 creators having not yet confirmed Blood and Wine’s availability, it’s entirely possible that June 7 is simply the add-on’s placeholder date, or it could just be GRYOnline taking a shot in the dark at guessing when it will go live. However, it’s worth noting that the projected time frame does sync up with CD Projekt Red’s reveal last year that the expansion will release within the first half of 2016.
For those unaware, developers had originally planned for The Witcher 3‘s second bout of DLC to follow Hearts of Stone in the initial quarter of 2016, which would have placed its release date somewhere within the span of January to March. Unfortunately, CD Projekt Red pushed Blood and Wine into the more nebulous realm of coming out during first half of the year, presumably to refine the expansion’s reported 20 hours of gameplay, and to give the title’s composers Marcin Przybylowicz, Mikolai Stroinski, and Piotrek Musial additional time to finish scoring the DLC’s completely new music.
CD Projekt Red recently revealed the majority of its developers were mostly focused on making Cyberpunk 2077, its forthcoming futuristic action-RPG, which could also be contributing to the delay of The Witcher 3‘s Blood and Wine expansion. Whatever the case may be, though, it’s best for developers to not rush the DLC’s production, as fans would much rather enjoy a well-designed, high-quality experience, as opposed to a hurried mess that would need be fixed with myriad patches after the fact.
At any rate, with The Witcher 3 having won a ton of awards — it picked up the GDC Game of the Year trophy, for instance — it would be strange if CD Projekt Red decided to start phoning in its work and sullying its reputation by forcing its creativity with a hastily-made product, especially when the action-RPG is the studio’s most recognizable property at this point. Although another delay for Blood and Wine wouldn’t be ideal, should CD Projekt Red feel that rescheduling the expansion again would make for a better product, both the developer and fans alike would benefit from the wait.
Do you believe the leaked release date for The Witcher 3‘s Blood and Wine DLC is legitimate? If so, will you be picking it up this Summer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out now and is available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.