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    'Witcher 3' devs "don't believe in selling extra content"





    "In an industry where paid downloadable content seems pretty standard, at least on the console side, it's a little rare to see developers flat out state that they hate charging for content. CD Projekt Red's game director, Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, took some time to talk with Examiner about the studio's upcoming title The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, in an interview that will be fully published on Wednesday. During our discussion, Konrad spoke about providing gamers with extra content, and Projekt Red's stance on the matter.

    "We could sell extra content to gamers 'down the road,' but we don’t believe in that," he said, "we believe patches, fixes and additional content should be provided to gamers free of charge. Only something REALLY big, and something that will not make you feel ripped off, justifies a price tag."

    A bold statement considering how often we see developers attempt to nickel and dime players into purchasing some weapon skins or a couple new armor permutations. While it certainly doesn't hurt anyone to release the content, in Projekt Red's eyes, everyone would be much happier if it was released free of charge.

    But that doesn't mean there will never be any way to continue supporting the developers post release. "If we ever decide to charge you for something," he continued, "we think you will appreciate what you get in return."

    By the sounds of it, a full fledged expansion - say something the size of Oblivion's Shivering Isles - would be something that the studio might be okay with charging players for. Needless to say, there's very little horse armor in the Wild Hunt's forecast." ~Source

    Hearing stuff like this from devs is SO refreshing. I've heard it a few times from certain indie devs, but it's even more amazing to hear bigger devs say stuff like this. It makes me even more interested in their upcoming games. Capcom can learn a thing or 2 from CD Projekt Red.

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    May they produce a lot more games after the Witcher 3.

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    We need more devs that think like that. Awesome.

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    Always have had a lot of time for CDPR. Infact I only bought TW2 because it came without DRM and i wanted to support their move.

    Funnily enough it just happened to be one of the best games i've ever played and i'm downloading it again to play through on my new PC.

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    Well said, Konrad Tomaszkiewicz (holy **** that was a long ass last name).

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    I really REALLY like these guys!
    Who would have thought building a solid product that serves your customer's needs would beat out money, marketing, hype, and greed.

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    ..Now if only they would port Witcher 2 to PS3/4 and figure out an easy way to port Witcher 1 over. All so I could buy them again.

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    Just wish more devs thought like this! I hate DLC.




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    Quote Originally Posted by ps3freak18 View Post
    Just wish more devs thought like this! I hate DLC.
    Yeah, man. I especially dislike having DLC from the get-go... meaning they intentionally planned on not including very basic features from the start. I think it's shady.
    "The biggest adversary in our life is ourselves. We are what we are, in a sense, because of the dominating thoughts we allow to gather in our head. All concepts of self-improvement, all actions and paths we take, relate solely to our abstract image of ourselves. Life is limited only by how we really see ourselves and feel about our being. A great deal of pure self-knowledge and inner understanding allows us to lay an all-important foundation for the structure of our life from which we can perceive and take the right avenues.”

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    I like DLC sometimes but this is a breath of fresh air really. Its comforting to know that we will get everything intended from the initial purchase and not have to worry about more coming out (not that playing more of a great game is a bad thing but I would rather concentrate on great main games).

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeanutButterMunky View Post
    Yeah, man. I especially dislike having DLC from the get-go... meaning they intentionally planned on not including very basic features from the start. I think it's shady.
    You must love Capcom!




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    Oh yes... they're my favorite. >_>
    "The biggest adversary in our life is ourselves. We are what we are, in a sense, because of the dominating thoughts we allow to gather in our head. All concepts of self-improvement, all actions and paths we take, relate solely to our abstract image of ourselves. Life is limited only by how we really see ourselves and feel about our being. A great deal of pure self-knowledge and inner understanding allows us to lay an all-important foundation for the structure of our life from which we can perceive and take the right avenues.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeanutButterMunky View Post
    Yeah, man. I especially dislike having DLC from the get-go... meaning they intentionally planned on not including very basic features from the start. I think it's shady.
    I like expansion pack type DLC though. Its the nickle and dime type DLC that I hate. But if its an actual full blown expansion pack that adds a good amount of hours to the game then I'm ok with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mistercrow View Post
    I like expansion pack type DLC though. Its the nickle and dime type DLC that I hate. But if its an actual full blown expansion pack that adds a good amount of hours to the game then I'm ok with that.
    Yeah, exactly.
    "The biggest adversary in our life is ourselves. We are what we are, in a sense, because of the dominating thoughts we allow to gather in our head. All concepts of self-improvement, all actions and paths we take, relate solely to our abstract image of ourselves. Life is limited only by how we really see ourselves and feel about our being. A great deal of pure self-knowledge and inner understanding allows us to lay an all-important foundation for the structure of our life from which we can perceive and take the right avenues.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by mistercrow View Post
    I like expansion pack type DLC though. Its the nickle and dime type DLC that I hate. But if its an actual full blown expansion pack that adds a good amount of hours to the game then I'm ok with that.
    Agreed. Expansion packs are perfectly fine with me. They're just extras. Not needed to enjoy the game, but maybe some extra explanations, new areas, what have you. small scale DLC is terrible though. Please just release a finished game, we will respect a developer more for it.

    I picked up the Witcher a about a year ago. Since then I've played 1 and 2. Simply cannot wait for the 3rd one. I already really liked these developers, and now I have another (massive) reason to love them even more. They have my full support and I know they will deliver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ps3freak18 View Post
    Just wish more devs thought like this! I hate DLC.
    It's very hard now days!!

    Quote Originally Posted by PeanutButterMunky View Post
    Yeah, man. I especially dislike having DLC from the get-go... meaning they intentionally planned on not including very basic features from the start. I think it's shady.
    EA & Activision, started it!! They don't care about consumers, they only care about money!




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    Quote Originally Posted by mistercrow View Post
    I like expansion pack type DLC though. Its the nickle and dime type DLC that I hate. But if its an actual full blown expansion pack that adds a good amount of hours to the game then I'm ok with that.
    Same here. That character add on **** is stuff that you used to get by doing stuff in game. Now they turned that into a money pot.




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    Quote Originally Posted by brebaz View Post
    It's very hard now days!!



    EA & Activision, started it!! They don't care about consumers, they only care about money!
    Nope, Bethesda started it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flumbooze View Post
    Nope, Bethesda started it.
    EA & Activision were pushing it a lot more. But, i just found out that Microsoft actually started this!




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    Quote Originally Posted by brebaz View Post
    EA & Activision were pushing it a lot more. But, i just found out that Microsoft actually started this!
    Yeah, definitely Microsoft was the major proponent of the crazy, greedy, nickel-n-dime you $$$ DLC boom.

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    Witcher 3 is going to be amazing. Can't wait for this game.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mistercrow View Post
    I like expansion pack type DLC though. Its the nickle and dime type DLC that I hate. But if its an actual full blown expansion pack that adds a good amount of hours to the game then I'm ok with that.
    Huge. DLC that is a full blown add-on is great, usually well worth it. The fairly recent Rage add-on is a perfect example, it added a whole new single player campaign thread and a whole lot more (Season 2 of Smash TV and so forth). Now THAT'S how you do DLC right.

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