The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s game director, Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, has claimed in an interview that the two planned expansion packs will be almost the size of the entirety of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.
CD Projekt RED’s action role-playing game is already gargantuan as it is, but the pairing of Hearts of Stone and Blood & Wine are set to add more 30 hours at a minimum. Tomaszkiewicz said “They will be quite long. The first expansion will be around 10 hours and the second expansion will be around 20 hours... and I think it's possible that they will be bigger, because it's always like this - when we plan a length in hours, it's always twice or something like this, but I'm not promising anything right now.
“And even now, if you sum up this 10 to 20 hours and you compare it to The Witcher 2, it's almost the size of The Witcher 2. And it will be cool, it will be new stories, it will be very emotional stories and I think that people will be happy.
"The expansion packs will be whole new storylines with all the elements you've got in the main story (like cutscenes, new characters, new items, new Gwent cards) and many, many more.”
Hearts of Stone is first expansion, which should be arriving roughly in October. This is the 10-hour add-on, and it takes place in an around No Man’s Land and Oxenfurt. There’s a mystery surrounding the ‘Man of Glass’, which will take Geralt on one of his most challenging quest lines yet.
If you’re sick and tired of Velen, however, Blood & Wine should be more up your street. This is the 20-hour expansion pack arriving in early 2016, taking Geralt to the all-new land of Toussaint. This is an area untouched by war, but which hides a dark and bloody secret. As long as it doesn't have any more pesky drowners I'll be a happy man.
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