The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt getting New Game Plus mode as final free DLC

CD Projekt Red has announced The Witcher 3's final piece of free downloadable content will be a New Game Plus mode.

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After several weeks of free downloadable content, CD Projekt Red has announced the final piece of free DLC for The Witcher 3 will be a New Game Plus mode.

CD Projekt Red made the announcement on its Facebook page, although no release date has been announced for this new game mode. In fact, the studio says “it won’t happen this week though - we need a little bit more time to finish it.” They also didn't discuss what exactly we can expect from the New Game Plus mode, although we wouldn't be surprised if it will allow us to play through The Witcher 3's story again, although with all of our gear, stats, and everything else intact.

CD Projekt Red recently released patch 1.07 for The Witcher 3 that adds a ton of new content, which includes an alternative movement response mode for Geralt, a player stash, performance enhancements, and more. Now that we know what the final piece of free DLC will be, we hope we won't have to wait too long until we learn what CD Projekt Red has planned for The Witcher 3's upcoming paid DLC.

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    July 27, 2015 11:34 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt getting New Game Plus mode as final free DLC

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      July 27, 2015 11:49 AM

      CD Projeckt, you coy, sexy, wonderful motherfuckers, you!!! :D:D:D:D

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      July 27, 2015 11:53 AM

      Awesome news very cool

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      July 27, 2015 12:59 PM

      I know folks out there have been requesting this which is why they're doing it, but what is it actually going to do for a story based game like TW3 over just replaying the game again?

      The combat is fairly straightforward once you get the counter / dodge / roll timing down, and with constant upgrades to your character via gear and the skill tree, even Death March becomes simple to tackle. This game is a prime example of start weak - become godlike.

      NG+ means you'll be powerful from the start and only get stronger as you can keep earning levels and skill points, and even if they up all the quest and enemy levels and rebalance the whole game for NG+ the basics of the combat still won't change at all. Unless they add entirely new enemies and mechanics which isn't going to happen. It's just higher numbers all around, not added challenge.

      Plus how will this affect the big story DLCs coming later?

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        July 27, 2015 1:35 PM

        Didn't NG+ on the dark souls games introduce new enemies?

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          July 27, 2015 2:59 PM

          Dark Souls 2 had more enemies and changed some of the boss fights in NG+ which was probably in direct response to how popular NG+ was in Dark Souls. I don't think much changed in Dark Souls NG+

          But a new game plus makes a lot more sense in an ARPG like that, which is all mechanics and build and stat driven with almost no surface story, the game is in fighting the enemies. Whereas The Witcher 3 is entirely character and story driven and the fighting is secondary. Unless they dump the new monsters and NPCs off in the world and hope you run across them, new enemies in The Witcher would also have to come with new quests, scripts, art, dialogue, animations, text, etc. Everything in that game is tied to story, which is why it's so good. And that's why I doubt they'll do any major changes or additions for NG+ DLC here.

          Not that they haven't added significant content or won't. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, either. I love the game and that it's focused on the story. And I'm all for giving people an excuse to play it again. But good storytelling is the only excuse I need, not an artificial bump to the numbers that really don't mean anything.

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        July 27, 2015 1:43 PM

        I've never truly understood the desire for NG+ myself, but considering that it's what people asked for and CDPR delivered what they asked for, that's pretty cool.

        One area I understand NG+ to be handy for is if you're going through a new playthrough to see alternate outcomes and it's a game which boosts traversal in some way (Batman AK for example) it can speed the process up. But then again, if you're looking for a speedy way to see alternate outcomes, you could just Youtube it.

        I don't really get it.

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          July 27, 2015 2:27 PM

          IIRC, Chrono Trigger on the SNES "invented" it. My guess is that it's bcs that game had like 9 endings, which was HOLLY SHIT VALCAN_S MIND BLOWING to me at the time.

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            July 27, 2015 2:42 PM

            I better hand in my gamer card. I've never gotten past the part where you get the robot guy. I always lose interest

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            July 27, 2015 5:45 PM

            I always attributed this to legend of Zelda on NES

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              July 27, 2015 6:13 PM

              Interesting: The term was coined by the 1995 role-playing video game Chrono Trigger,[1] but examples can be found in earlier games, such as Super Mario Bros. (in which Princess Toadstool "present[s] you with a new quest" featuring stronger enemies), The Legend of Zelda, and Ghosts 'n Goblins.

              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Game_Plus#Origin

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        July 27, 2015 1:51 PM

        And? That's the whole fun of NG+. You go back and beat the everloving fuck out of everything that was scary before.

        Also, people found stuff in the game indicating NG+ was going to be part of the DLC from the beginning, so this isn't something they're just making up because people asked about it. I'm sure they'll do something cool, like have higher level quests/enemies, so you can actually get to be higher levels and use some of the plans/swords you might not otherwise.

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        July 27, 2015 3:06 PM

        Makes it easier to play again? Especially in the Witcher, you might want to play through and make all the opposite dialog choices, but without the early game ramp up with no weapons, abilities, etc.

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          July 27, 2015 3:33 PM

          That's a very good point! Can skip some of the minutiae and just play it.

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      July 27, 2015 1:48 PM

      Finally got into the Witcher (1), coming towards the end of Ep1 and it's finally clicked enough that I'm loving it. Man this is a great series, can't wait to play the other two.

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        July 27, 2015 1:48 PM

        Well, you are in for a treat.

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        July 27, 2015 2:05 PM

        Woot! It is a fantastic game.

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        July 27, 2015 3:36 PM

        You're in for a hell of a ride! It's a cohesive series, tons of references to W1 and its characters/events even in the third game.

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        July 27, 2015 6:15 PM

        If you're able to overlook how dated Witcher 1 is, you're going to love 2 and 3. I wish I was as hardy as you (I can't play through Deus Ex 1 anymore).

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      July 27, 2015 1:49 PM

      Awesome

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      July 27, 2015 5:21 PM

      damn missed the official thread

      This is great