CD Projekt Does Witcher 2 DLC Right, Makes It All Free

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CD Projekt Does Witcher 2 DLC Right, Makes It All Free

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Every DLC pack CD Projekt releases for Witcher 2 will be 100% free.

Downloadable content has become a point of contention within the videogame industry today, with many feeling that developers and publishers charging for smaller additions to games that would have come for free in the past are nickel-and-diming loyal customers to death. These opponents of the DLC movement will have nothing bad to say about CD Projekt RED's action-RPG Witcher 2, however, as every DLC content release for the game will be made available for free.

The GameStop Facebook page recently held a public Q&A with the developers of Witcher 2 where fans asked how they'd be handling DLC. The reply was: "Let me announce that all our DLCs will be FREE. All of them. If anything will be for purchase, those will be expansion packs."

The responder added that the game's first DLC pack called Troll Trouble will release with Witcher 2 day and date. For free. It's a refreshing change from releases by larger publishers (*cough* Dragon Age) that have asked customers to pay for DLC the day they bring their shiny new game home. To clarify, retailer-exclusive DLC is still retailer-exclusive DLC and won't be made available to every customer at this time.

Witcher 2 will be released for the PC on May 17.

Thanks for the tip Lost in the Void!

Source: GameStop's Facebook, via Neoseeker

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Your move Bioware.........

Hmm... considering how they will support it, this is making me want to try The Witcher and seeing if I can enjoy it...

Goddamnit! Why can't we have this on xbox. :(

EonEire:
Your move Bioware.........

And if people weren't pissed off about that DLC would this be free? Hind sight is 20/20.

OT: How big is it? Or is it just a key you download for an encrypted file? Are you just having trouble with one Troll? And do they just talk about how much the hero sucks wwhile being really racist and homophobic?

As time goes on, I'm getting more and more pleased that I preordered Witcher 2.

Catchy Slogan:
Goddamnit! Why can't we have this on xbox. :(

If CD Projekt has their way it is on its way to consoles after the PC release but there won't be free DLC if it does. On Xbox at least, Microsoft forces developers to put a price tag on DLC. Team Fortress 2 has no updates still, not because Valve hates the Xbox crowd, but because Microsoft wouldn't allow them to make it free.

Small independent studio produces stunning looking fantasy game, DRM free copies are made available, with all the depth of a classic RPG, and offers free DLC to boot.

Bioware, a much older, larger and more established studio, with the financial backing of EA produced a shoddy, rushed and ugly game, loaded with hidden SecuROM, which they lied about, and overcharged for day 1 DLC.
Yeah, I think the old King has gone a bit mad...
Perhaps its time for the new boys to step up.

Catchy Slogan:
Goddamnit! Why can't we have this on xbox. :(

just make us PC gamers buy it and CD project will make a console version. Actually i think they started working on that as soon as they finished the PC version.
btw welcome to my world, i had to wait half a year for every ass cred to come to PC.

OT: i always wondered why the price of DLC never changes, games get cheaper why not make DLC become cheaper after 6 month or so?

Yes! Finally a developer who understands the incredible WTF that is paid DLC content.
I hate paid DLC, it's the reason I don't buy games when they release anymore. Having to buy a game and then having the developer release "other parts" of the game separately with additional fees is such a swindle. Especially when a year (usually less) down the line the whole shebang gets released in a GOTY edition that is $20 cheaper than the original. It kills the value of buying a game on release...

I feel I should buy a copy of The Witcher 2, just to support such a fantastic attitude for a developer to have towards their fans. I don't know if it could even run on my laptop but I feel the deserve my money none the less.

They did say that "expansion packs" wouldn't be free. Could mean that only really small, piddly DLC is free and everything that adds much of anything, like Point Lookout for Fallout 3 or Shadow Broker for ME2, would be "expansion packs" and still not free.

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Wow this is so misleading and you guys are eating it up.

There may be free DLC, but you'd likely have more DLC if a price tag was on it. Valve gives out free DLC because for a multiplayer game like Team Fortress, it's a good business decisions, allowing the community to stay large, thus enabling a long shelf life for what would otherwise have stopped selling long ago. Notice how they said they were doing expansion packs, which means that content that would have otherwise been DLC will now be bundled together. You will still end up paying for what you originally were going to, now you just get it all at once.

Dear CD Projekt,

If you receive a ticking parcel in the mail from EA, don't open it.

scyther250:
They did say that "expansion packs" wouldn't be free. Could mean that only really small, piddly DLC is free and everything that adds much of anything, like Point Lookout for Fallout 3 or Shadow Broker for ME2, would be "expansion packs" and still not free.

Indeed, theres pleanty of things that have been sold as DLC that in the past may have been priced as full on expansion packs, or kept back and had all the little peices bundled together as full on expansion packs.

Paid DLC can be well done and it can be badly done, as in the ways its handled and priced . Some companies have managed both in the same game.

i wasn't planning on getting The Witcher 2 since the 1st one didn't really leave a huge impact on me. but seeing how truely awesome these guys are handling there product i will Deffinatly buy a copy.

CD Projekt are a class act in an increasingly scummy buisness. I hope this shows the rest of the devs how things should be done.

bob1052:

Catchy Slogan:
Goddamnit! Why can't we have this on xbox. :(

If CD Projekt has their way it is on its way to consoles after the PC release but there won't be free DLC if it does. On Xbox at least, Microsoft forces developers to put a price tag on DLC. Team Fortress 2 has no updates still, not because Valve hates the Xbox crowd, but because Microsoft wouldn't allow them to make it free.

screw microsoft the developers should go to magazines and let them put the dlc as a free extra on a demo disc (remember those days?) on the cover if microsoft forces you to pay then go around them they will learn eventually.

I feel like I should really try to get back into the Witcher because of all this. I reeeaaaaally didn't like what I played of it, which was admittedly only a few hours, but all this stuff I keep hearing is making the devs sound like good people. Dunno, will possibly reinstall it, and if they release a demo for witcher 2 I will certainly try it, but I still dunno if I'll like this game.

manythings:

EonEire:
Your move Bioware.........

And if people weren't pissed off about that DLC would this be free? Hind sight is 20/20.

Probably. CD Projekt have a habbit of taking care of their cusomters instead of just trying to get as much money from them as possible. Just look at the premium edition of The Witcher 2 (more bonuses than most collector's editions but still the same price as a standard edition) or the original game's 'Enhanced Edition' (offered to all owners of the original version for free).

scyther250:
They did say that "expansion packs" wouldn't be free. Could mean that only really small, piddly DLC is free and everything that adds much of anything, like Point Lookout for Fallout 3 or Shadow Broker for ME2, would be "expansion packs" and still not free.

Even if it is just small things that are free, it's still more than most other companies offer.

Hitman Dread:
Notice how they said they were doing expansion packs, which means that content that would have otherwise been DLC will now be bundled together. You will still end up paying for what you originally were going to, now you just get it all at once.

Could I please have a go in the time machine you used to go and check what they offered as DLC and what they offered as expansion packs?

Canadish:
Small independent studio produces stunning looking fantasy game, DRM free copies are made available, with all the depth of a classic RPG, and offers free DLC to boot.

Bioware, a much older, larger and more established studio, with the financial backing of EA produced a shoddy, rushed and ugly game, loaded with hidden SecuROM, which they lied about, and overcharged for day 1 DLC.
Yeah, I think the old King has gone a bit mad...
Perhaps its time for the new boys to step up.

^^ This

I have no objection to paid DLC in the form of a proper expansion or bolt-on content like lair of the shadow broker for ME2. However, having it on day one is similar to mis-selling or mis-representing the product IMO - atleast that's what it feels like. You know, when you go to buy a new car from some dodgy dealer and being told "the car is 1200". But then when you have given over your credit card, the dealer says "oh i didnt mention, the tyres are extra, there is no petrol in the tank unless you pay us, and you will need to pay for tax, mot and insurance. I'll just take the full 2200 right now if that's alright."
I know it's not like we don't have a choice but I've always felt like I was being conned when I've bought DLC.

Point is, paid DLC creates a class division in gamers' experience of a game which is directly linked to what you can afford to shell out.
Someone who can buy ME2 and all the extra story DLC will get a longer, fuller experience than someone who can only afford the game itself.

That's not to say I don't *like* DLC, it's just that having it on day 1 (i.e DEVELOPED ALONGSIDE THE GAME ITSELF) and expecting extra cash for it is like being teabagged by EA - and paying them for the pleasure.

Not that Im not happy about this, but if the release day DLCs free, then why isnt it just in the game?

finally someone understands that dlc should push the game for more copies sold instead of just trying to squeeze out as much as you can from a small portion of the user base

LightningBanks:
Not that Im not happy about this, but if the release day DLCs free, then why isnt it just in the game?

May well not be on the disk already, and be stuff thye are tweaking afterwards.

SomeLameStuff:
As time goes on, I'm getting more and more pleased that I preordered Witcher 2.

Agreed!

Many thanks CD Projekt!

Catchy Slogan:
Goddamnit! Why can't we have this on xbox. :(

You might, nothing official yet though. Although MS will charge you for the DLC anyway.

LightningBanks:
Not that Im not happy about this, but if the release day DLCs free, then why isnt it just in the game?

Good PR, and perhaps the rest of the game went gold and they were unsure if the DLC would be finished in time, or it was finished early, etc.

Grey_Focks:
I feel like I should really try to get back into the Witcher because of all this. I reeeaaaaally didn't like what I played of it, which was admittedly only a few hours, but all this stuff I keep hearing is making the devs sound like good people. Dunno, will possibly reinstall it, and if they release a demo for witcher 2 I will certainly try it, but I still dunno if I'll like this game.

A lot of people don't make it past the first few hours (myself too) from what I understand - its very dense, and not very interesting. Supposedly, there shouldn't be any issues with lacking knowledge whilst playing this, and at the very least I believe there's a codex.

OT: Pre-ordered on Steam today. I have an exam in the morning, and one two days after, but I'll still try and squeeze in a couple of hours.

I cannot fucking wait.

Even without this news I still preordered Witcher 2 to show my support for CDProjekt,already knowing that it's going to be an even better game than the first one.

OT: The Dlc's are supposed to be free anyway.The only thing we should pay for are expansions only.

manythings:

EonEire:
Your move Bioware.........

And if people weren't pissed off about that DLC would this be free? Hind sight is 20/20.

OT: How big is it? Or is it just a key you download for an encrypted file? Are you just having trouble with one Troll? And do they just talk about how much the hero sucks wwhile being really racist and homophobic?

Who gives a crap how big it is. It is free. Enjoy it or not, it is up to you. Its not as if you buy the game on the condition that the free DLC is big enough.

How is the hero in the Witcher in any way racist or homophobic? He is a fixed character that comes with a mostly complete personality. How racist or homophobic(I can only guess as to where this comes from) you are depends on your choices in the game.

Grey_Focks:
I feel like I should really try to get back into the Witcher because of all this. I reeeaaaaally didn't like what I played of it, which was admittedly only a few hours, but all this stuff I keep hearing is making the devs sound like good people. Dunno, will possibly reinstall it, and if they release a demo for witcher 2 I will certainly try it, but I still dunno if I'll like this game.

That's pretty much what I was thinking word for word. I tried to like the Witcher, but ended up running around in circles a LOT and forgot the plot. Could have lived with the combat, but it was still clunky. All this good press about 2 is making me feel really bad about wanting DA2, but not caring about Witcher 2

EonEire:
Your move Bioware.........

Take another look. EA is their publisher. They couldn't give away free DLC if they wanted to. It's freakin' EA.

Canadish:
Bioware, a much older, larger and more established studio, with the financial backing of EA produced a shoddy, rushed and ugly game, loaded with hidden SecuROM, which they lied about, and overcharged for day 1 DLC.
Yeah, I think the old King has gone a bit mad...
Perhaps its time for the new boys to step up.

Okay, you even said it yourself. EA. But you still act like Bioware would have a say in what DLC is free. Blame them for that other stuff (well, not SecuROM, that was probably EA too), but come on. EA's not going to let there be free DLC for franchises that big.

AhumbleKnight:

manythings:

OT: How big is it? Or is it just a key you download for an encrypted file? Are you just having trouble with one Troll? And do they just talk about how much the hero sucks wwhile being really racist and homophobic?

How is the hero in the Witcher in any way racist or homophobic? He is a fixed character that comes with a mostly complete personality. How racist or homophobic(I can only guess as to where this comes from) you are depends on your choices in the game.

Read it again. He's asking if a troll talks about how the hero sucks while acting like an idiot.

AhumbleKnight:

How is the hero in the Witcher in any way racist or homophobic? He is a fixed character that comes with a mostly complete personality. How racist or homophobic(I can only guess as to where this comes from) you are depends on your choices in the game.

It was a troll joke.

Grey_Focks:
I feel like I should really try to get back into the Witcher because of all this. I reeeaaaaally didn't like what I played of it, which was admittedly only a few hours, but all this stuff I keep hearing is making the devs sound like good people. Dunno, will possibly reinstall it, and if they release a demo for witcher 2 I will certainly try it, but I still dunno if I'll like this game.

For what its worth, they have a new engine and a completely redone combat system.

The only issue I had with the first game (which I played recently for the first time in anticipation of The Witcher 2) is its combat, pretty much everything else, most of all the choice and consequences they implemented are absolutely amazing and if they do combat right while keeping everything else on the same level as the first, then The witcher 2 will very quickly become one of my favorite games of all time.

Ahh dear, THIS is how you run a games company, not only was The Witcher one of the RPG greats, they bring out more, potentially make it better, and add free content <3.

I Pre-ordered Witcher 2. I loved the first one. The combat was a bit of a pain at times. I enjoyed the story and the world. I especialy enjoyed the length of the game considering I got it on a crazy special on steam, only $5! I feel as if I should pay full price for two just because I liked 1 so much and payed so little for it.

DA2 on the other hand can wait until Bioware releases the definative edition so I don't have to pay four thousand dollars for all the DLC :/

manythings:

AhumbleKnight:

How is the hero in the Witcher in any way racist or homophobic? He is a fixed character that comes with a mostly complete personality. How racist or homophobic(I can only guess as to where this comes from) you are depends on your choices in the game.

It was a troll joke.

Ok. Maybe I should have gone to bed 4 hours ago. It is 3:45am here.

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