When it comes to big, grab gaming experiences, few have been able to reach the scope and size as that of this year’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, where its base game alone features dozens of hours of content alongside weekly updates of free DLC, those looking for more adventures with Geralt will have plenty to look forward to in the game’s upcoming story-focused expansions.
Speaking in an interview with Gamereactor, CD Projekt RED’s Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, game director on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, detailed the upcoming expansions for the game with two intended for release over the next year: Hearts of Stone which is expected to release in fall 2015, and Blood and Wine which is targeting a release in the first quarter of 2016.
In particular, Tomaszkiewicz indicated that those not left satiated by The Witcher 3‘s already meaty gameplay experience (somewhere between 100-200 hours by itself) will have plenty to look forward to in both of the upcoming expansions, where combined the expansions will be “almost the size of The Witcher 2” in length and scale.
In total, Tomaszkiewicz detailed that the first expansion should near about 10 hours-worth of content while the second will provide about 20 hours, and aside from the length will offer fans of The Witcher 3 more than just additional hours of gameplay, including new characters, additional cutscenes, items, and yes, more cards for the ever-addicting Gwent card game. Tomaszkiewicz explained during the interview:
“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. 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.”
“And even now, if you sum up this 10 to 20 hours and you compare it to The Witcher 2, it’s almost the size of The Witcher 2. And it will be cool, it will be new stories, it will be very emotional stories and I think that people will be happy.”
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is available now for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.