Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Emily Gera)

In a move that can only mean they’ve been receiving my daily letters recreating The Witcher [Official Site] for someone whose heart will only recognise games pre-1995, CD Projekt Red are teaming up with the company behind Cyberpunk 2020 to bring The Witcher to tabletops.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Wednesday is Free Witcher 3 [official site] Day, and this week is due to bring the last of its sixteen planned freebies. What oh what could it- oh, no, it won’t be coming this week. Still, developers CD Projekt RED have announced what the final titbit will be, and it’s a good’un: a New Game+ mode.

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forum post by CD Projekt Red's Marcin Momot gives some additional details as to the working of The Witcher 3's upcoming and much requested New Games+ mode.

New Games+ is the final free DLC for The Witcher 3—due for release at an unspecified point in the future. Momont's post clarifies what will and will not be carried across for players embarking on their second playthrough.

The player's experience points will be transferred across, although players below level 30 will bumped to that level on started NG+. Items will also make the jump, but not quest items, books, letters, usable items, trophies or—tragically—Gwent cards. Money and alchemy recipes will be carried across.

When you start NG+, Momot reveals, you'll be able to select any difficulty level. You'll also be able to obtain the Death March achievement in NG+ mode.

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Think you're done with Geralt and his witchy gang? Think again. CD Projekt's final free DLC release for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be a New Game Plus mode, a boon for players who have finished the game and want to take another spin without all of the attendant hassles.

New Game Plus, as defined by the oracle that is Wikipedia, "is an unlockable videogame mode available in some videogames that allows the player to start again a new game after they finish it at least once, where certain features in NG+ not normally available in a first playthrough are added, and where certain aspects of the finished game affect the newly started game, such as keeping in the new game items or experience gained in the first playthrough." This is relevant because CD Projekt hasn't specified what exactly The Witcher 3 New Game Plus will include.

"New Game+, the final DLC, is on the way and, of course, it s completely FREE!" the studio wrote on The Witcher Facebook page. "Stay tuned for more info regarding the release. It won t happen this week though—we need a little bit more time to finish it."

The image accompanying the post features a pile of weapons, armor, and other Witchering paraphernalia, suggesting that the NG+ will allow players to keep at least some of their hard-earned stuff. We've contacted CD Projekt to see if we can get a steer on what it's got planned, and we'll let you know what we find out.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Richard Cobbett)

Many games suffer from a little bit of distance. You play them and they seem great, but once the novelty has faded, so has part of their soul. I’d say Dragon Age: Inquisition is a good example there. It’s a game I enjoyed, but it’s also one I’ve not really thought about since its credits rolled.

With The Witcher III: Wild Hunt [official site] though, the scale of CD Projekt’s accomplishment still hasn’t fully sunk in, and probably won’t until the next big RPG that doesn’t live up to the many, many amazing bits of design that game offers. I’m of course talking of the big stuff, like its sweeping plot and open world. More though, I’m thinking of the details; the smaller stuff, like how the scripting system is advanced enough to stop a fight after a specific comment of “Wait, you’re Geralt?!” or the exquisite attention to detail on even the smallest of quests. It’s CD Projekt’s masterpiece; the Witcher experience they’ve been working towards since getting the license all those years ago.

And now it’s been out for a while, let’s look at some of the more spoilery bits.

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If you played the original Witcher, you'll no doubt remember Shani, a friend of Geralt's from back in the day who played a prominent role in the game's opening chapters, but was absent from The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. But it looks like she might make a return in Hearts of Stone, one of the two expansions being developed for The Witcher 3.

A promotional image for the expansions on the CD Projekt forums and Steam contains an image of a woman with close-cropped red hair that looks very much like Shani as she appeared in the first game. That's admittedly a thin connection, but recall as well that the April announcement of the expansions said they would include "characters both new and dearly missed." That narrows the field of candidates.

CD Projekt confirmed with Gamespot that the image is legitimate, but declined to do the same regarding the identity of the person in it. "As far as the character portrayed on the illustration, we'll leave that for the community to figure out," Community Manager Marcin Momot said.

Hearts of Stone is expected to be out in October, and will add an estimated ten hours of playtime to the game. A second expansion, Blood and Wine, is slated for early 2016 and will tack on another 20 hours.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Robert Whitaker)

There has been a lot of discussion recently in games about historical accuracy. We ve seen a number of articles debating the absence of people of color in The Witcher 3 as well as essays criticizing Apple s decision to remove games featuring the Confederate battle flag from the App Store. Most of this discussion treats historical accuracy as something close to gospel, beyond reproach or change. There were never> people of color in the medieval, Eastern European milieu from which The Witcher is drawn. There were always> Confederate battle flags in the American Civil War. For most people, using never and always with regard to history seems natural. If any field of knowledge can offer such certainty, it must be history, right?

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CD Projekt Red has released the penultimate piece of free Witcher 3 DLC. It's called "New Finisher Animations." It adds new finisher animations.

CDPR's descriptor is keen to sell you on how over-the-top these new animations are. "Slay your foes in new brutal and spectacular ways," it enthuses, "with this visceral and adrenaline-pumping DLC!"

Sounds messy.

As usual, the DLC is available through Steam and GOG.

There's only one piece of free DLC remaining, and CDPR already has fans guessing as to what they have planned. A brief teaser in a recent tweet could point to an interesting finale.

Here's hoping it's an interactive bathing minigame. Think of how many new Geralt bath pics we could post then.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Stop: murdertime.

With the hearty patch 1.07 out the door, CD Projekt RED are getting back to business as usual with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt [official site] – issuing small items of DLC and working on the expansion packs. Today is Wednesday so another freebie has arrived, and this week’s DLC is very much business as usual for a witcher – killing the heck out of stuff.

The fifteenth and penultimate free DLC doodad for Witcher 3 is a set of extra finisher animations for Geralt to murder people in gruesome new ways.

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