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Some users to think that topping last year’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a hard thing to pull off (which isn’t to say the game is not without its faults), what with its multiple awards and nominations from the likes of D.I.C.E, The Game Awards. and The Writer’s Guild of America. However, CD Projekt Red believes that the upcoming Witcher 3 expansion will do just that. In some ways, that is.

Blood and Wine to create an experience that’ll be “better” than the main game

Titled “Blood and Wine”, the upcoming Witcher 3 expansion is supposedly going to be even more refined than the main game, and in some ways, maybe even better. Jakub Szamalek, a senior writer at CD Projekt Red, cemented his opinion on this during an interview with Eurogamer Italy. Szamalek claims that they’re building on the feedback that the company received on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to create an experience that’ll be “better” than the main game.

Plot-wise, Szamalek had the following to say: “Blood and Wine is an independent history, not tied in particularly closely with the main plot of the Wild Hunt.”

Additionally, Szamalek promises players a memorable, charismatic opponent in Blood and Wine as an answer to fans’ feedback regarding the lack of one in Wild Hunt, along with a more complex story. There’s also going to be a plethora of other new content, such as monsters, quests and locations as players are introduced to the all-new, seemingly-peaceful open world region of Toussaint, which is supposedly going to be as big as the realms in the base game. The expansion is also going to give players around 20 hours of gameplay, and we might even be seeing a few familiar, dearly-missed faces. Finally, the upcoming expansion will also mark the true conclusion to protagonist Geralt’s story.

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In a later statement to Gamespot, marketing lead Michal Platkow-Gilewski touches on Szamalek’s statements, saying that “Blood and Wine is not necessarily “better” than the main game, but it should feel more refined. […] Blood and Wine is the sum of all the experiences we gained when creating Wild Hunt, so it’s definitely more refined than Wild Hunt in many regards, but that doesn’t mean it’s better per se.”

“I wouldn’t point fingers at what’s better separately, as each addition to Wild Hunt (including over 10 updates we’ve released so far) enriches the overall experience you get from The Witcher as a game in general,” he adds.  “The base game with the expansions is simply better than without them.”

It’s pretty cool to know that CD Projekt Red is listening to what the fans have to say in a bid to live up to their expectations and build a better product overall. And seeing as their track record has been great so far, we feel like they’ll deliver.

Players can expect The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine expansion to be released on PS4, Xbox One and PC in the first half of 2016 (January-June).

So what expectations do you have for Blood and Wine? Which characters are you looking forward to seeing again? Are you sad over this being Geralt’s last outing? Let us know in the comments and remember to follow us for more updates!

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Ellie is a writer and chronic puppy-petter. Her favorite things are collaging, fighting games, books, and swooning over K.K. Rider.
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