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Witcher 3 aims to release free DLC on consoles

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jun 18, 2013 8:35AM PDT

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes its legacy to a primarily PC focus, and CD Projekt Red plans to follow through with that tradition as much as possible on consoles. That means that, to whatever extent console manufacturers will let them, the studio plans to offer free downloadable content, but cautions that it doesn't know the console business models yet.

"It's too early to talk specifics, but definitely all the DLCs and updates will be free," CDP head Marcin Iwinski told Rock Paper Shotgun. "Of course, we'll see what the platform holders will allow - what we can do for free [on next-gen consoles]. 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."

It's worth noting, though, that Iwinski is referring specifically to DLC like extra weapons and fixes. Content of a larger-scope would cost money as usual. "Should we decide to do some big expansions or something, we'll expect gamers to pay for it," he said. "But again, it's all value for money. I think $15-$20 for new gameplay is a pretty honest and fair deal."

As for the studio's attitude towards DRM, he says they are still firmly "anti-DRM," but that doesn't mean they want to deny the chance to play for those who own one of the next-gen consoles. "There are people who'll be fine with [Xbox One's DRM]. They'll buy the console and just want to play. Why should we not give them this option?" He also noted that the policies still might be in flux, but on PC, where it has a greater degree of control, the game will be DRM-free.