Nowadays, a lot of gamers have forgone consoles entirely in an effort to enhance and streamline their gaming experiences. And since the advent of online video game distribution services like Steam and GOG, more players than ever are making their PCs their virtual battle stations.
With both platforms continually striving to make gaming fans their priority by offering tons of exclusive deals at rock-bottom prices, it’s no wonder that players often vacillate between the retailers when buying games. But, in a move that will at the very least capture the hearts of CD Projekt Red fans forever and ever, GOG has announced today that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owners who purchase the “Expansion Pass” before 11:59 pm PT on June 8 will receive free copies of The Witcher and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. Upon acquisition of the “Expansion Pass”, GOG will distribute the games as download codes, which can be used or shared with friends until August 31.
In addition to the complimentary titles, the “Expansion Pass” will also give gamers two completely new adventures for the monster hunting Geralt of Rivia. Totaling up to 30 hours of gameplay, the quests “Hearts of Stone” and “Blood and Wine” should eventually provide those of us who will have completed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in its entirety in the coming months more gameplay than we can shake a sword at.
The descriptions of the fresh content alone should be incentive enough to buy the “Expansion Pass” from GOG. For example, “Hearts of Stone” is a 10-hour adventure that will send Geralt into No Man’s Land, as well as Oxenfurt, where he’ll attempt to complete a contract for the enigmatic Man of Glass, and untangle a web of lies and deceit along the way. And if that’s not enough of an incentive, “Blood and Wine” introduces 20 hours of gameplay in an all-new in-game region of Toussaint, a land of indulgence and ceremonial knighthood with a dangerous secret lurking right beneath the surface.
Both of the new adventures for Witcher 3 will be released in due time, as “Hearts of Stone” should be dropping later this October, while “Blood and Wine” will likely come out early in 2016. Even so, fans of the action-adventure RPG that purchase the “Expansion Pass” ought to have plenty to keep them busy until they’re made available, especially if they happen to be gamers who have yet to play the first two titles in the series. Plus, with CD Projekt Red ponying up a bunch of free DLC of its own in addition to GOG’s deal, there’s no excuse for Witcher 3 fans to say that they’ve exhausted the game just yet.
Even after experiencing an innumerable amount of bugs, such as the glitches involving earned XP and the shoddy frame-rate issues encountered at the outset of the game’s release, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone on to garner nothing but critical acclaim. With all of this praise being lavished upon the Polish game developer, CD Projekt Red has set a pretty high bar for its next title, Cyberpunk 2077.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.