The team behind the Witcher games has always taken a hard stance against what they see as consumer-hostile tactics like draconian digital rights management, platform specific content, and expensive downloadable content.
Now the team is acting on that last one, as they’ve announced that anyone who buys The Witcher 3 on any platform will receive 16 pieces of free downloadable content after the game releases.
In an open letter on the Witcher site, co-founder and joint CEO Marcin Iwinski talked about the thought process that goes into these decisions.
“Every time we reach out for a new release, we expect to be taken care of. We expect support if we encounter any problems, we love updates constantly improving the experience, and we feel really special when we receive free content that gives us more than we initially paid for. It doesn’t have to be huge, it can be an awesome skin for a character, or an extra sword, or armor.
Unfortunately, this treatment is quite rare these days…As gamers, we nowadays have to hold on tight to our wallets, as surprisingly right after release, lots of tiny pieces of tempting content materialize with a steep price tag attached. Haven’t we just paid a lot of cash for a brand new game?”
The first pack comes out the day after the game launches and includes a new look for Geralt made up of armor, a beard, and a hairstyle, as well as an alternative look for one of the game’s other primary characters. Content will arrive in packs of two each week from then on for the next 16 weeks.
While the company doesn’t have any plans to release paid DLC for the game right now, Iwinski said that “if we ever decide to release paid content for Wild Hunt, I promise you, gamers will see why we decided to charge for it.” He says that if there’s even the slightest possibility someone might feel ripped off, they won’t release it. While I think he might be underestimating the Internet’s ability to feel entitled, this is an admirable stance and I’m looking forward to the 16 weeks following the game’s release.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt releases on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Feb. 24, 2015.