The Witcher 3, which is set for launch next year, will have free DLC for the PC version. That’s right, we said free (or at least very likely).
According to CD Projekt RED’s Marcin Inwinski, in an interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun:
“It’s too early to talk specifics, but definitely all the DLCs and updates will be free…Of course, we’ll see what the platform holders will allow – what we can do for free. I mean, there are different business models on consoles. From our standpoint, we’ll definitely do everything we can to deliver the same experience across all platforms.”
Inwinski specifically mentioned consoles as being an obstacle for delivering ‘free’ updates and content, so that means the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Microsoft, in particular, has been subject to a barrage of criticism for implementing cutthroat DRM policies, among other restrictive policies, regarding used games sharing, and daily licensing checks via internet. Tag on additional fees for DLCs and the Xbox One might just become the biggest turn offs for consolers.
Sony’s PS4 might not be any different when it comes to DLCs, as users might have to pay for additional content.
As Inwiski pointed out, it’s still too early to say that the new console business model won’t be as accommodating as PCs. For the being, however, let’s just all be happy that there’s the possibility of free stuff for The Witcher 3 PC players.