In the age of DLC, some games are borderline offensive in their peddling of overpriced additions shortly after launch. Batman: Arkman Knight launches tomorrow and picking up the core game plus the full season of DLC will cost consumers around $100. Although most AAA titles are definitely guilty of milking gamers for every dime, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is setting a new example with its weekly free patches and DLC additions.
A few weeks after the fantasy action RPG’s launch, free additions are still rolling in for gamers playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on any platform. Last week, players saw the release of a new quest (Scavenger Hunt: Wolf School Gear) and an alternative look for Triss. If gamers missed that release during the chaos of E3, they can download the update now and jump into the new quest.
This week marks the addition of yet another free quest. Players can now complete the Contract: Skellige’s Most Wanted quest and rock the Skellige Armor Set. Take a look at the freebies below…
In addition to the new quest and alternate look for Triss, CD Projekt RED also released some notes about the upcoming game patch. The changes are pretty insignificant in comparison to the last patch, but are still worth noting. Here’s a look at the notes for the patch…
- Gold will no longer reset beyond 65535
- Fixes lack of interaction with Roche on Oxenfurt Bridge in the quest ‘Get Junior’
- Geralt’s clothes will no longer be wet after leaving the menu
- The gate in the crypt now works correctly during the quest ‘Scavenger Hunt: Viper School Gear’
- Fixes the endless loading screen when fighting the Ice Giant during the quest ‘Lord of Undvik’
- Mutagen bonuses will now be saved properly.
- Potion of Clearance will no longer be automatically placed into the quick slot if player runs out of other edibles
- Fixes issue where some skills were not removed properly by Potion of Clearance
- Improves stability in gameplay and the UI
Witcher 3 players are in for another major patch after 1.05 drops. Marcin Momot, Community Manager, has stated that the update after 1.05 will be significantly larger. More information about that update will be available after 1.05 is up and running on Xbox One and PS4.
Although the addition of a single quest and small aesthetic changes may not seem significant, the community of The Witcher 3 gamers are constantly being awarded with new content without any additional charge. By earning loyalty and keeping the players engaged with these smaller free DLC packs, the developers are able to build up enough good will that players will be more than willing to drop some money on more substantial DLC packs or expansions as they arrive. The model seems to be doing incredibly well for The Witcher 3, as its sales continue to stay strong, and other AAA titles could likely learn a lot from the game.
What do you think of this week’s free DLC content? Do you think other AAA games should be learning from the Witcher 3 approach to DLC? Let us know in the comments.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is currently available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.