Game developer CD Projekt Red knows how to put gamers first: not only did they release their latest title, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on time and with very few bugs, but they also offer regular free DLC to those playing the game — something relatively unheard of in the gaming industry.
With two new expansions, "Hearts of Stone" and "Blood and Wine" arriving soon, CD Projekt Red says that combined, they will be about equal in playing time to The Witcher 2.
Add that to the over 100 hours of playtime the base game offers (not to mention the playtime from additional DLC released every week), and that's a lot more time gamers can spend in the world of Geralt of Rivia.
"The expansion packs will be whole new storylines with all the elements you've got in the main story (like cutscenes, new characters, new items, new Gwent cards) and many, many more," said The Witcher 3 director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz to Game Reactor.
"They will be quite long. The first expansion will be around 10 hours and the second expansion will be around 20 hours... and I think it's possible that they will be bigger, because it's always like this (that when we plan some time or hours, it's twice or something like this), but I'm not promising anything right now."
Tomaszkiewicz then compared that amount of time – 10 to 20 hours – to the gameplay time of The Witcher 2, stating that the two expansions are together about the same size of that game. He also added that the stories would be "emotional" and would please fans of the franchise.
Tomaszkiewicz also discussed improvements the developers plan on implementing in the game, as seen in the full interview below.
Expect the "Hearts of Stone" expansion arriving sometime later this year (probably fall), with "Blood and Wine" coming in 2016. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is available on retail shelves nearly everywhere, and via download in online stores selling digital games.