The Witcher 3: Do Free DLC and Paid Expansions Go Along Well?
In video game industry, we often witness people complaining about companies such as Electronic Arts, Activision and Ubisoft, primarily due to milked franchises, rushed products, and most of all: paid DLC.
Amidst these alleged moneygrubbing developers and publishers, we saw a beacon of hope for the industry when CEO of a Polish developer issued the following statement earlier this year:
“[DLC should be free] because people just paid full price for our game. We owe them.”
“Yeah, we are making a statement. We, as gamers, would like to be treated this way, ‘hey, give me free DLC.'”
In case you are still wondering, the statement was issued by CD Projekt Red CEO Marcin Iwinski, the developer behind The Witcher series and futuristic RPG, Cyberpunk 2077. And yes, you also rightly guessed that the same developer recently announced two paid expansions for their upcoming RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine.
The news came as a surprise to many CDPR fans since the developer never announced a paid expansion for their previously released games. But before we head into further details, here is what the said expansions offer:
Blood and Wine – 20-hour gameplay for $19.99
Hearts of Stone – 10-hour gameplay for $9.99
Furthermore, players can also purchase a bundle carrying both expansion packs for $84.99 on Xbox One and Playstation 4 and $79.99 on PC. One of the said expansions is going to launch sometime in 2016 and the other one later this year.
Now I’m very well aware of the differences between small DLC and a proper expansion pack and I also think that charging $29.98 for over 30 hours of gameplay seems like good value for money. In addition to this, CDPR clarified on different instances that if they ever make an expansion worth tens of hours, they will certainly charge for it.
There is no doubt that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will offer more than 200 hours’ worth of gameplay, but announcing a couple of expansions at a time when the game’s hype is at its peak and it has not been released does not appear any less scummy.
Even if I believe that these 30 hours are not cut from the main game, why would I want to pay for expansion before I have played the main game? I mean, I obviously do not want to pay $30 to go at xx place and simply drive a knife through someone’s heart or collect 10 wolf pelts in a supposedly new area – does not feel right!
It certainly is true that for $29.98, CDPR is offering more content than most mainstream titles offer with $59.99, but then again the base $59.99 covers a large chunk of the expenses, do you think the current pricepoint is justified?
Now unless this is something like Skyrim: Dragonborn or Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare or better, I will not bother.
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