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CD Projekt Co-founder makes a firm stance against paid DLC's

Geralt from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Joint CEO and co-founder of CD Projekt Red, Marcin Iwi?ski has made a very firm stand against paid DLC&rsquo ...

News 27 Jan 2015, 19:32 IST
Geralt from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Joint CEO and co-founder of CD Projekt Red, Marcin Iwi?ski has made a very firm stand against paid DLC’s in his recent statements on IGN. Iwi?ski has confirmed that the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be receiving 16 free post-launch DLC packs as firm stance against what he believes is a “steeply priced” paid DLC economy. When asked why these next 16 packs have been made free, Iwi?ski responded by stating that “people just paid full price for our game.”

“Yeah, we are making a statement. We, as gamers, would like to be treated this way, 'Hey, give me free DLC.' It doesn't have to be something huge. And I'm saying we aren't giving out huge stuff, we aren't giving tens of hours of storyline here, we are giving small bits of pieces that don't cost a lot. And I think people would feel better about our game, and, so, they will enjoy the adventure even more.”

Iwi?ski added that this may just stop gamers from losing interest in the title or even help reduce pirating.

“Maybe the ones who thought about pirating would not pirate it. Maybe the ones who wanted to trade it back and get something else will keep it on the shelf. That'd be great, I would like this to happen and if not that's fine as well. I hope they'll have fun.”

CD Projekt Red revealed last November that its upcoming title The Witcher 3 would be receiving 16 free DLC packs. The packs will be available across all platforms and require no pre-ordered or special edition purchases. Iwi?ski believes that buyers shouldn’t have to pay exuberant amounts for a DLC containing limited content after already purchasing the game.

"Haven’t we just paid a lot of cash for a brand new game?” he said. As CD Projekt Red, we strongly believe this is not the way it should work and, with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we have decided to do it differently.”

It’s great to see CD Projeckt take such a firm stance against paid DLC content, especially since many recently released titles have been following this module. This does drill a hole in the average buyers pocket and they also tend to lose interest in these titles faster if they don’t receive interesting content every now and then or feel forced to buy such content.

The Witcher 3:Wild Hunt is slated to release on May 19th for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The first two DLC’s will be available shortly after the games release and will contain a ‘Beard and Hairstyle Set’ for Geralt as well as a 'Temerian Armour Set'.

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