The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, like most games these days, will have a day one patch. According to CD Projekt RED level designer Miles Tost, though, it’s not a huge one.
Tost said on Twitter that the patch isn’t necessary to play the game, but is being released “because we want it to be the best it can be when it reaches your hands.” Tost said that the patch introduces a “couple of minor tweaks, nothing too grand.”
CDPR’s Community Coordinator, Marcin Momot, posted a short FAQ about the game as well, that includes a couple interesting pieces of information. Witcher 3 will not require a serial number to play, but each retail PC copy of the game will be accompanied by a GOG.com game code. Before you get ready to sell the code off, though, you may want to wait. The game is still DRM free, meaning you can install it on as many computers as you want, but the added benefit of buying the game is this code, which will grant you full access to the free DLC the developer has announced, any future game patches, as well as bonuses like soundtrack files, wallpapers, comics, and other content.
The initial release batch of the game will require a one-time connection to the Internet to download a small key file. After the launch run, other printings will not require this. CDPR explains that the security measure isn’t meant to keep people from playing the game so much as it is to keep the game from being leaked before launch, which is why the requirement will be removed after that.
If you love computer games but hate Internet connections, it sounds like you may want to wait a few weeks to purchase the game, at which point you’ll be able to install it without a serial number and without a GOG.com account as much as you like, but without any patches or additional content. Steam users, it should be noted, will obtain patches and DLC via Steam, not GOG, and will probably not receive the GOG.com code with their copy.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt releases on May 19 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.