The Witcher 2 patch 1.3 launches with free DLC

A new free 'downloadable content' quest and heaps of changes have arrived for The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings in Patch 1.3, which launched today.

Along with the bug fixes and balance tweaks you'd expect, Patch 1.3 brings several much-requested features. These include support for 4:3, 5:4, and 16:10 aspect ratios, item storage at inns, a 'junk' panel in the inventory, creating multiple alchemy items, and a tweak to the initial difficulty curve, requiring players to complete the 'Dragon' section last. Check out the full patch notes for dozens more changes.

The new quest 'A Sackful of Fluff' is available in Chapter 2 from "the eccentric Elthon," who lives in a hut near the quarry outside Vergen. Developer CD Projekt RED says that it "will prove most rewarding to those who demonstrate patience," which all sounds very zen.

RED is currently working on an Xbox 360 edition of The Witcher 2, slated to launch at the end of the year. However, the PC edition's European distributor Namco Bandai is suing the developer for distributing the console version through THQ Partner. RED insists that it carefully ensured the Namco Bandai agreement only covered PC, and is confident of triumph.