This week, we learned that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has already sold more than 4 million copies in just two weeks, as well as receiving a warm critical response. CD Project Red has delivered a game that goes above and beyond to please fans, and the studio is set to continue on with that strategy with free DLC.
It’s already been confirmed that Wild Hunt will receive large paid expansions further down the line, but for now there’s going to be some bite-sized content drops to keep the game fresh in the interim. Some more of the free content scheduled to be added into the game is set to release this week.
Players will have access to a new quest that sees Geralt attempt to solve the mystery of ‘an abandoned village inhabited entirely by pigs’. Given the gritty setting of The Witcher, it’ll be interesting to see whether or not this plotline keeps up the humorous tone of that description.
Following the update, you’ll be able to start this quest by visiting Lurtch village in No Man’s Land. According to a report from GameSpot, talking to the NPCs who invite the player character for food will trigger the events necessary for Geralt to find the village in question.
As well as this new quest, players will also be able to expand their deck for the in-universe card game Gwent. The surprisingly deep activity has quickly become one of the most popular features of Wild Hunt — perhaps CD Projekt Red has a challenger to the massive player base of Blizzard’s Hearthstone if the studio considers a spin-off.
The Gwent cards comprise a set called ‘Ballad Heroes’. Rather than being completely new, they’re actually alternate skins for cards depicting notable in-game characters like Geralt and Triss. Players will have access to the set as soon as they start a game of Gwent following the update.
This content is free to all players, across all platforms. The Wild Hunt expansion pass caters to the lengthier contented scheduled to release at a later date, starting with ‘Hearts of Stone’ in October. Combined with the content already released, CD Projekt Red has plans to release sixteen free pieces of content for the game before the end of July.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The Fool’s Gold quest and Ballad Heroes card set will be added into the game later this week.