CD Projekt RED's upcoming open-world RPG title The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was a hit the moment it was officially announced by the developers. There have been number of Game Informer reports on the title over the last year that have intensified claims that it indeed will be one of the games of 2015.
While we are still some time away from the next Witcher title, there's more information now for the die-hard Geralt fans. CD Projekt RED has announced two brand new expansions for the yet-to-be-released The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
The company says although the expansions will indeed require you to shell out some dough, the size and scope of these expansions will be significant and will offer real "value for money."
That said, the expansions are not to be confused with the game's DLCs that the developers had already announced as coming free for certain platforms.
Going by the reports, Hearts of Stone, the first expansion will include a "10-hour-plus adventure" and will explore "the wilds of No Man's Land and the nooks and alleys of Oxenfurt, where he'll [Geralt] try to complete a contract from the mysterious Man of Glass. Caught in a thick tangle of deceit, Geralt will need all his cunning and strength to solve the mystery and emerge unscathed."
The second expansion, Blood and Wine, on the other hand, is said to offer a "20-hour-plus tale" that will also introduce the new Toussaint region. This landscape of the expansion has been described as being "untainted by war, where an atmosphere of carefree indulgence and knightly ritual masks an ancient, bloody secret."
"With the development of Wild Hunt coming to an end, the team has embarked upon the creation of two new really big adventures set in The Witcher universe. We remember the time when add-on disks truly expanded games by delivering meaningful content. As gamers, we'd like to bring that back," Marcin Iwiński, CD Projekt RED co-founder, said in a press release.
"We've said in the past that if we ever decide to release paid content, it will be vast in size and represent real value for the money. Both our expansions offer more hours of gameplay than quite a few standalone games out there," he added.
As of now, the Hearts of Stone expansion is due for release in October, while Blood and Wine is scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2016. However, an expansion pass is being offered for fans and both expansions will be available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.