The Witcher 3 Dev on Making a Stand Against Paid DLC

IGN - CD Projekt co-founder and joint CEO Marcin Iwiński tells IGN that the developer is releasing 16 free The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt downloadable post-launch content packs to make a statement against the “steeply priced” paid DLC economy.

“Because people just paid full price for our game,” Iwiński responded when we asked why the developer is releasing its next 16 DLC packs for free. “We owe them.”

“Yeah, we are making a statement,” he added. “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.

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Ashlen1331d ago

This is the kind of thing I can get behind.

ArchangelMike1331d ago

Same here. They already have my money anyway :)

XBLSkull1330d ago

DLC used to always be free, I believe it was Halo 2 that ruined that trend and forever changed that landscape.

showtimefolks1330d ago

This sort of stuff needs to happen more often

Publishers want to charge for every little thing. I mean we are paying ful, price that should account for some free content

Drive club is another example of how fee content is better

a lot of games are released twice and called GOTY or complete editions

joab7771330d ago

This is even more amazing when you consider this:

The production time and money spent by CD Projekt Red, taking extra time and money to get it right...for us.

The fact that they ARE a genre that isn't for everyone. Yes, if it gets Skyrim type love, especially on PC, it could b quite big, bit it's a difficult long rpg. It doesn't have name recognition like the big IP'S do.

It's releasing on only next gen consoles (PC), so the base is quite limited.

And they arent published by Activision, Ubisoft or EA.

Considering all this, it's quite the statement to make, when quality alone would warrant charging for dlc, especially after giving us 120 hrs for $60.

Simply amazing!!

kalkano1331d ago

CDProjektRed must be privately owned, because shareholders would never allow this.

Irishguy951330d ago

Ah, its just, they aren't American...or Irish for that matter

kalkano1330d ago

So? If it's a publicly traded company, I can't see shareholders being ok with this. If it's privately owned, that's a different story (there are no shareholders).

One-Shot1330d ago

Because no Japanese, French, or Canadian companies ever have paid DLC......

Nekroo911330d ago (Edited 1330d ago )

Actually they would. because its not privately owned...

Like he said.... they are gamers, they dont like to advantage of us and want to make single player only games. go ahead and buy shares from them.

BoNeSaW231330d ago

Stop having adult thoughts or you will upset the kiddies.

starcatcher1330d ago

Sweet. All their dlc will be free? I dislike buying a game only
to be duped because a goty editon comes out with the game and dlc

CloudRap1330d ago (Edited 1330d ago )

I dont mind paid DLC if its actually worth the money like BF premium and R* story DLC.

AstroCyborg1330d ago

love the shots they are taking at ea today first they say why it won't be a broken mess now free dlc

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