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CD Projekt Red:  The Witcher 2  DLC To Be Free
CD Projekt Red: The Witcher 2 DLC To Be Free
May 16, 2011 | By Kyle Orland

Upcoming downloadable content for this week's release of PC RPG The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings will be offered for free, according to Polish developer CD Projekt Red.

"Let me announce that all our DLCs will be FREE," the developer wrote during a Q&A hosted on GameStop's Facebook page. "All of them. If anything will be for purchase, those will be expansion packs."

The first bit of free DLC, entitled Troll Trouble, will be available when the game launches on Tuesday, the developer said.

Free downloadable bonus items had already been available along with pre-orders from various retailers, including a Mysterious Merchant Pack from GameStop and an Ultimate Swordsman Suit from Those pre-order bonuses will remain exclusive to those retail purchasers for now, the developer said.

The $49.99 "Premium Edition" of The Witcher 2 also comes with a making-of DVD, soundtrack CD, fold-out world map, strategy guide, and collectible coin. A $129.99 Collector's Edition adds an artbook, sculpture, dice, playing cards, stickers, and an exclusive Commando Jacket DLC to the package.

The first Witcher sold over a million copies in the year after its October 2007 release.

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Majed Al-Aleeli
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Based on their "we love our customers" attitude, we will be looking at about 10+free DlC, if itís of good quality then people wouldnít mind purchasing an expansion immediately when the time comes.

Itís actually an excellent strategy, a free dlc once a month for six months, you will be playing the Witcher 2 for a long time, then an expansion arrives and you will again be playing for a long time.

Its also like saying "hey customers look at us, every other company is making you buy DLC, we give it for free and our games are DRM free" rally behind us.

Jakub Majewski
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Hmm. The first Witcher game had a bugfix patch available on the day of the release - and a pretty significant one, weighing in at about 100MB. I don't know in what state The Witcher 2 is being released, but the industry-wide trend seems to be that sequels are bigger, better, and buggier. So, my internal cynic tells me that this is more about camouflaging bugfix patches than about giving away free DLC. Not that there's anything wrong with that - I mean, if you're gonna need to release bugfix patches anyway, you really should give the players some freebie with the patch as an apology :). And, it encourages players to download the patch right away, instead of playing the unpatched version and complaining...