The Witcher 3 to Have 16 Free DLC Packs

More news about The Witcher 3 this week, as developer CD Projekt Red says that The Witcher 3 will have free DLC. The movement comes from CD Projekt Red founder Marcin Iwiński, who wants to take a stand against paid DLC. He also added that the development team would rather have free DLC as a way to show their appreciation to the customers. Given The Witcher franchise’s popularity, Iwiński revealed that he knows that the game will be pirated, but with 16 free DLC packs planned for the future, he hopes to discourage gamers from pirating the game. Similarly, he hopes the free DLC might encourage players to hold onto The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt instead of trading it back for credit.

“Because people just paid full price for our game,” Iwiński responded in an IGN interview, “We owe them.” CD Projekt Red revealed back in November that The Witcher 3 will be receiving 16 DLC packages, free of charge across all platforms without pre-order or special edition purchase requirements. Iwiński believes the DLC doesn’t have to be something huge. “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.”

The Witcher’s campaign’s narrative will focus on a woman named Ciri, who was adopted by the witchers at an early age. Her importance to Geralt and the rest of the organization is because she is a Child of Prophecy who can avert a cataclysm called the Wild Hunt. She will be playable later in the game, along with Geralt of Rivia. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is set to run at 1080p and 30fps on PlayStation 4, and 900p and 30fps on Xbox One. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt releases May 19, 2015 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.