Unquestionably, the development team over at CD Projekt Red are gunning for game of the year status with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Since releasing the ending of Geralt’s story back in May, the Poland-based studio has continually fed fans of the title fresh content with their consistent updates that included 16 packs of DLC for free. The action-RPG’s creators don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon as another add-on is right around the corner.
Recently, CD Projekt Red revealed expansion details and a release date for the first of two upcoming paid expansions known as “Hearts of Stone”. The company’s Community Lead and Website Coordinator, Marcin Momot, laid out most of the particulars for The Witcher 3‘s upcoming DLC, explaining that the content will have Geralt return to the town of Oxenfurt to tie up a contract for an enigmatic character known as The Man of Glass.
Now, CD Projekt Red has released images that showcase original enemies and a new love interest for Geralt in “Hearts of Stone”. As fans of the franchise should expect, the stills look stunning, with the first featuring the creature hunter-for-hire talking to a comely red-headed lass at what appears to be some sort of grog-centric festival. The two are probably discussing how zany that toad monster in the other screenshot below looked to Geralt when he encountered it. And, of course, their conversation will more than likely lead to one of The Witcher 3‘s numerous sex scenes.
While the name of Geralt’s recent romantic partner is unknown and since the giant amphibian’s ties to the story have not been disclosed, it’s anyone’s guess as to how the two new elements work into the “Hearts of Stone” DLC as a whole. Having said that, fans will uncover their respective purposes with 10+ hours of gameplay when the expansion comes out this October.
Should gamers wish to eschew the digital iteration of the new content, CD Projekt Red is going to put out a boxed version of the add-on in select regions that will retail at $20. The physical copy of “Hearts of Stone” will contain a download code along with two physical decks of the Gwent card game focusing on the Monsters and Scoia’tael factions.
With The Witcher 3 practically jam-packed with in-game material – average completion time for a player to do everything the title has to offer currently sits at roughly 200 hours – the title will surely make its way to plenty of critics’ year-end best-of lists. Plus, it’s been reported that the expansion size of 2016’s paid DLC (“Blood and Wine”) combined with “Hearts of Stone” is more than double the amount of The Witcher 2. Bearing that in mind, it’s obvious that CD Projekt Red is a studio that wishes to make a lasting impression on its fans, by giving them more bang for their buck.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, while the first paid DLC expansion known as “Hearts of Stone” is set to release on October 13, 2015.