If you’ve not already heard enough about Geralt’s dynamically growing beard, there’s Witcher 3 DLC with even more beard action…
You can argue over DLC until you’re blue in the face. If a DLC is big, it’s generally considered a good thing and excellent value by the mob. DLCs that are free are often just bug-fixes dressed up as free stuff, that probably should have shipped with the original release. If it’s small/expensive/generally a bit pointless, then the publisher will be relentlessly heckled. But what happens if a DLC is small and a bit pointless, but at the same time also free?
We don’t know. We’re not programmed to accept these paremeters.
CD PROKECT RED have today released a bits ‘n’ pieces DLC for super-smash hit Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Yes, that is remarkably close to the main release for something that isn’t just bug fixes, but it’s free so nobody will argue.
What does it contain? Here’s the lowdown from the press release:
“Temerian Armor Set” & “Beard and Hairstyle Set”
TEMERIAN ARMOR SET
(available from a merchant in White Orchard)
Reserved for the finest warriors serving the kingdom of Temeria, the Temerian Armor Set includes a jacket, gloves, pants, boots, war horse armor and inventory-expanding saddlebags.
BEARD AND HAIRSTYLE SET
(available from various barbers in the game world)
Customize Geralt of Rivia to your liking with this amazing set of beards and hairstyles.
“Contract: Missing Miners” & “Alternative look for Yennefer”
CONTRACT: MISSING MINERS
(quest available in Blandare village on Ard Skellig)
Miners from a small Skellige village are disappearing. Investigate and find out what’s happening!
ALTERNATIVE LOOK FOR YENNEFER
(available from main menu)
Check out this entirely new look for the mighty sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg!
“Nilfgaardian Armor Set” and the “Elite Crossbow Set”
NILFGAARDIAN ARMOR SET
(available from the Baron’s Quartermaster in No Man’s Land)
Crafted from the finest materials available, the Nilfgaardian Armor Set includes a jacket, gloves, pants, boots and horse armor.
ELITE CROSSBOW SET
(available in various locations: Baron’s Quartermaster, No Man’s Land;
Kaer Trolde Castle Blacksmith, Skellige; Fancy Shop Owner, Novigrad)
Bring down your enemies with lethal accuracy and extend your tactical possibilities with this elite crossbow DLC.
New Quest – “Fool’s Gold” and the “Ballad Heroes” Neutral Gwent Card Set
NEW QUEST – “Fool’s Gold”
(available in Lurtch Village, No Man’s Land)
Geralt and a village idiot team up to learn the secret of an abandoned village inhabited entirely by pigs.
“BALLAD HEROES” – NEUTRAL GWENT CARD SET
(will switch cards upon installation)
Play Gwent with a twist! Featuring characters as seen in Dandelion’s ballads, the “Ballad Heroes” neutral Gwent card set will add a lot of flavor to this already exciting card game.
So in summary, the first Witcher 3 DLC contains mostly cosmetic stuff, a couple of items, plus a quest and some new cards. And new beards and hairstyles. Lord, we’re all for making DLC free, but can you come back when you remember that the ‘C’ in DLC stands for ‘Content’ please!
If you still want it though – it is free after all, so you may as well if you literally have nothing better to do – here’s how you get it:
1. On the game page for The Witcher 3 (Library/My Collection/Witcher 3) you will see an “ADDITIONAL CONTENT” section displayed in the right column.
2. Purchase the “FREE DLC PROGRAM” item from there (you will not be charged).
3. In the “More”/”Configure” menu you can choose “Available Content”, which will show the DLCs – tick them, and Galaxy will download them automatically.
1. On the game page for The Witcher 3 (Library/Witcher 3) you will see that there are DLCs available – tick them, and Steam will download them automatically as part of its automatic update process.
2. If you have downloaded the DLCs but they still aren’t displayed in the game, restart Steam.
DLCs are displayed as “Add-Ons” on the game’s page on PSN.
DLCs are displayed as “Downloadable Content” on the game’s page on the Xbox Live store.
We’ll see you next time, beard fans. Same beard time, same beard place.