The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

The second expansion to action-RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt created by CD Projekt RED. This time we accompany Geralt during his stay in Touissant – one of few countries in The Witcher’s universe still untouched by war. However, under the veil of carefree idyll the city hides a dark, bloody secret. Investigating the mystery is another task for the White Wolf. Just like in the first expansion, new content does not end with new missions. The add-on also features new items, characters, and monsters. According to the developers’ estimate, Blood and Wine offers over 20 hours of gameplay.

This is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt expansion pack.

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PC / Windows
Game The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine (PC) Cover
The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine | PC

RPG, TPP, fantasy, books, sandbox, Detective, Polish, crafting, action RPG

Companies responsible for The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

CD Projekt RED | game developer

Bandai Namco Entertainment | publisher   Official website

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine release date for PC:

game language:
English

31 May 2016 | Worldwide

31 May 2016 | Europe

31 May 2016 | USA

Game mode: single player
Game score 9.8 / 10 calculated out of 4835 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.6 / 10 calculated out of 3027 players' votes.  

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine is the second major expansion for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, an action RPG that came out in spring 2015. It was developed by CD Projekt RED, the creators of the original game as well as all installments of The Witcher series, which are based on the novels written by Andrzej Sapkowski, a famous Polish fantasy writer. The add-on offers additional tens of hours of gameplay.

Blood and Wine for PC / Windows was officially announced a month before the premiere of the original game. Along with the first paid expansion, Hearts of Stone, it complements the list of over a dozen DLCs for Wild Hunt, most of which were given to the players at no additional cost. The production described herein is distributed both physically and digitally, separately or bundled with the aforementioned Hearts of Stone. The developers also prepared a special edition of The Witcher 3 that contains the vanilla game with all available expansions, minor and major alike.

Microsoft XBOX ONE
Game The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine (XONE) Cover
The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine | XBOX ONE

RPG, TPP, fantasy, books, sandbox, Detective, Polish, crafting, action RPG

Companies responsible for The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

CD Projekt RED | game developer

Bandai Namco Entertainment | publisher   Official website

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine release date for XBOX ONE:

game language:
English

31 May 2016 | Worldwide

31 May 2016 | Europe PAL

31 May 2016 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Game score 9.2 / 10 calculated out of 555 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.6 / 10 calculated out of 419 players' votes.  

Geralt of Rivia, the fictional character created by a Polish fantasy writer, made his first appearance on a Microsoft console in the spring of 2012, when The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings debuted on Xbox 360. Three years later, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was released for Xbox One. The game turned out to be a great success for its Polish developer, CD Projekt RED, and was awarded a number of prestigious awards.

The aforementioned RPG received sixteen free DLCs as well as two major story expansions. The first one, titled Hearts of Stone, came out in the fall of 2015. A few months later, it was followed by Blood and Wine for Xbox One. Similarly to the first paid add-on, it supplements the original game’s story with another complex plot that takes tens of hours to complete.

Sony PlayStation 4
Game The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine (PS4) Cover
The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine | PS4

RPG, TPP, fantasy, books, sandbox, Detective, Polish, crafting, action RPG

Companies responsible for The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

CD Projekt RED | game developer

Bandai Namco Entertainment | publisher   Official website

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine release date for PS4:

game language:
English

31 May 2016 | Worldwide

31 May 2016 | Europe PAL

31 May 2016 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Game score 8.6 / 10 calculated out of 852 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.7 / 10 calculated out of 502 players' votes.  

Even before it became clear that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, an action RPG released in May 2015, is one of the biggest successes in history of Polish gaming industry, the developers from CD Projekt RED announced two major story expansions before the game's release..

The first of the two, Hearts of Stone, was released for PlayStation 4 less than half a year after the premiere of the original game and was critically acclaimed by both critics and players alike. In the spring of 2016, another expansion, The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine, came out. The add-on, described in detail below, brings an entirely new story starring Geralt of Rivia — the eponymous witcher created by a Polish fantasy writer, Andrzej Sapkowski — that takes tens of hours to complete.

Story

The story of Blood and Wine takes us to the entirely new land called Touissant, one of the few countries in the Witcher universe that have not been touched by war. As it quickly turns out, the atmosphere of peace and bliss in Touissant is but an appearance. In fact, the duchy hides a dark and bloody secret, and thus, the White Wolf will have to face an evil that, once again, can be fought and defeated only by a witcher.

Gameplay

Compared to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Blood and Wine for PlayStation 4 does not introduce any major changes to the gameplay mechanics, save for a number of novelties, tweaks, and enhancements brought by the subsequent patches for the original game. Just like with Hearts of Stone, the first paid DLC for The Witcher 3, the expansion offers a completely new, multi-threaded plot which is comparable in size to that of The Witcher from 2007, the first installment of The Witcher series. Moreover, the game was supplemented with multitude of side quests, new treasures to find, bandit camps to loot, new equipment and Gwent cards, as well as entirely new NPCs. Unlike Hearts of Stone, the action of Blood and Wine takes place outside of the realms known from the vanilla game. Once we install the expansion, the duchy of Touissant will appear on the map.

Additional information

In 2015, The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine received a grant of 150 thousand euros (7% of the budget, which totals to more than 2 million euros) from the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Union. Given the fact that the first expansion for The Witcher 3 had a similar budget, it is easy to calculate that CD Projekt RED spent nearly as much money on the production and promotion of both add-ons as on the development of the first installment in The Witcher series, which cost about 20 million zlotys (around 5 million dollars).

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine launch trailer - Final Quest

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine launch trailer - Final Quest | 1:37

Zwiastun dodatku Krew i Wino do gry Wiedźmin 3: Dziki Gon. Rozszerzenie rozgrywa się w sielankowym, położonym na uboczu księstwie Touissant, które okazuje się skrywać drugie, mroczne oblicze.

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine Game Guide

game guide 27 June 2016

The Witcher 3: Blood & Wine game guide contains everything that you need to know in order to finish the game. You will find an extensive walkthrough - all the main and side quests, all the alternative endings.

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine Review – A fairy-tale duchy tinged with blood

Review 25 May 2016 15:00

With its second expansion the Witcher 3 franchise bids us farewell – at least for a while. The idea to send the witcher on a trip to Toussaint proves to be a great call and an amazing idea for a closure of sorts.

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine – A pocket guide to Toussaint to prepare you for the expansion

Feature 07 May 2016 16:53

The second add-on to The Witcher 3, Blood and Wine, takes us to a whole new region – Toussaint – pulled straight out of a fairy tale and chivalric romance. Find out what awaits Geralt by reading our guide to this curious land.

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine FAQ answered; watch the launch trailer

News 25 May 2016 10:30

Fans of The Witcher 3 are invited to watch the newly released Blood and Wine launch trailer. In other news, CD Projekt RED answered some frequently asked questions, which reveal new details about the expansion.

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine will be around 10–15 GB in size

News 20 May 2016 15:50

CD Projekt RED has revealed that The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine will be 10–15 GB in size, depending on the platform. It was also revealed that a smaller patch for the vanilla game is going to be released just before the expansion.

Listen to The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine main theme

News 20 May 2016 12:00

Marcin Przybylowicz, the composer of The Witcher 3 soundtrack, posted the main theme from Blood and Wine, the upcoming expansion for CD Projekt RED's hit RPG.

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine supposedly coming out on May 30

News 09 May 2016 11:25

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine may come out in North America on May 30, 2016. Such information was found on Steam, and other sources seem to support it.

Steam achievements for The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine revealed

News 06 May 2016 14:15

Steam has revealed the list of achievements for the upcoming expansion for The Witcher 3, entitled Blood and Wine, confirming some of the earlier leaks and hinting at some things that we’ll be able to do in the add-on.

The new area in The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine as big as the Skellige Islands

News 28 April 2016 13:02

The new area of Touissant introduced in The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine will be as big as the Skellige Islands. According to CD Projekt RED, the expansion pack should come out before E3 2016.

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine to add another Gwent deck

News 25 April 2016 14:12

Apart from the vast new region and story, The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine expansion will feature a new Gwent deck: Skellige.

Blood and Wine expansion as ambitious as The Witcher 3 itself

News 10 March 2016 12:18

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine is coming out in Q2 2016. The second expansion to the hit RPG will be a as ambitious a project as The Witcher 3 itself.