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The Witcher 3’s Blood and Wine adds 90 new quests and 30 more hours of game time

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You’ve probably already seen the new trailer for The Witcher 3’s impending expansion, Blood and Wine, showing some of what you’ll be doing in the new DLC when it hits at the end of this month.

It’s big. Really big – offering as many as 90 new quests. That’s about a third of the number you’d find in the base game – and nearly four times as many as there were in the last expansion, Hearts of Stone. An Embargo for previews ended yesterday, and one enterprising neoGAF user has pieced together all of the pertinent info, and popped it all in to a handy bullet-point format.

The Numbers:
• 30+ hour adventure.
• Over 90 new quests.
• Over 40 new points of interest.
• Dynamic points of interest system. Killing bandits in their main hideout will affect the number of enemies in surrounding camps.
• 14000 lines of dialogue (Hearts of Stone had 6000).
• 100 individual pieces of armour (including new Witcher sets).
• More than 20 new monsters.
• New Game + maximum level increased to 100.

Armour and Weapons:
• New Witcher armour class ‘Grandmaster’.
• New armour merchant who is the only one able to craft this level of Witcher gear.
• Can get blue, hooded armour from Witcher 2, armour from Witcher 1, Ursine Witcher armour with furry pauldron that was in the artbook but cut from the main game.
• More than 30 new weapons.
• Can now dye armour. Dyes can be bought from a merchant, crafted or looted. Only obtainable in Toussaint. Pink is among the colours.
• You can acquire the golden, plumed armour of the Touissant knights, and the same goes for Roach!

New Mutation System:
• Mutations. 12 new abilities. Mechanic is unlocked through a quest started by a letter from Yennefer. Examples: Signs can have critical hits causing the enemy to explode, instead of dying Geralt is healed and has damage immunity, opponents knocked down by AARD freeze and die instantly. Can only utilise one at a time.
• The UI resembles Witcher 2’s character customization screen. Basically they’re super strong abilities/stat boosts that require mutagens and skill points to unlock. Can only pick one at a time but you have to unlock earlier ones to get the others.
• Despite unlocking it at level 34+ (recommended level to venture to Touissant) the system and anything you’ve unlocked carries over to New Game+ so you won’t have to unlock it again.

UI Changes:
• Greatly redesigned User Interface.
• Can now rotate Geralt in stats screen.
• Books moved to glossary.
• Upon looting a readable item a little notification pops up in bottom left of screen. Upon clicking in the right stick (on Xbox One controller), you can read the text of recently looted books, letters, notes etc without having to go to the menu, inventory, finding the right book and so on.
• Option to remove fish-eye effect from witcher sense.

Home Base:
• Geralt gets his own motherfucking vineyard.
• It’s called Corvo Bianco.
• You can renovate it with large sums of money, the option I saw was for 5000 Orens.
• You can add a greenhouse of sorts where you can grow herbs for all your witcher potion needs, an armourer’s table, a stable for Roach (with its own stat bonuses), upgrade your bed, renovated interior and exterior, secret lab, guest room.
• Guest room where old friends will come to stay. They said the names Triss and Yennefer, but were reluctant to reveal the names of anyone else who might visit. Surprise Iorveth/Saskia visit??
• Scaffolding and workers will appear after you choose to build something. Each change takes a certain amount of in-game time to complete, but you can just meditate til everything’s done.
• Can display your armour, weapons, paintings and books.
• Some paintings can be bought, or specially made, others are obtained through quests.

• Over 2 hours of new musical content in the game.
• The title screen song is a reworked version of the Bruxa song from the CGI trailer.

The last DLC, I thought, was pretty magnificent – so I’m quite keen to return to the world of the Witcher. Are you?

Last Updated: May 11, 2016


  1. Alien Emperor Trevor

    May 11, 2016 at 08:20

    I got a big fright now when something thumped into the bottom of my desk & made it jump. In related news, I need new pants.


    • miaau

      May 11, 2016 at 08:21

      I really wish “I need new pants” and “something thumped into the bottom of my desk” were not in the same sentence.


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        May 11, 2016 at 08:31


        It could’ve been worse. For a moment I contemplated going with “…when something like the alien chestburster broke through my desk”


        • Greylingad[He Charges!]

          May 11, 2016 at 08:36



    • Greylingad[He Charges!]

      May 11, 2016 at 08:42

      I nearly said, “I feel you man” but that’d been a little upsetting, especially this early in the morn….


    • HairyEwok

      May 11, 2016 at 09:16

      So you pooped out such a hard stiffie that it raised you in your chair making you thump against the table which then made it jump, that’s why you need new pants?


  2. miaau

    May 11, 2016 at 08:20

    Yes. Yes I am keen, thank you for asking.

    Invented the time machine yet? Or the make more time in a day machine?


    • Greylingad[He Charges!]

      May 11, 2016 at 08:37

      The first prototype model is in the works, the last time we started it up it caused “Load Shedding” whatever that means…


  3. Greylingad[He Charges!]

    May 11, 2016 at 08:32

  4. Greylingad[He Charges!]

    May 11, 2016 at 08:40

    I cannot wait for this expansion….*SPOILER ALERT*

    If the ending of the first expansion, where you look over the valley as the sun sets was anything to go by, this expansion will be superb…


    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      May 11, 2016 at 08:43

      I loved the story of Heart of Stone. After piecing it together from the quests and all the books & notes turned it into a very tragic love story.


      • Greylingad[He Charges!]

        May 11, 2016 at 08:49

        Yeah man, whoever is responsible for writing those, should get a proper raise, because it was excellent, the part I loved the most was where the oil painting represents what she was trying to capture and hand in hand with that, the remorse he felt for losing her…


  5. Admiral Chief in New York

    May 11, 2016 at 09:05

    Awesome, awesome, AWESOME.

    Yes, I think it is time for me to hit TW3 again


    • Greylingad[He Charges!]

      May 11, 2016 at 09:48

      I’m thinking the exact same thing, as much as I enjoy playing The Division (unlike last night’s herd of a**munching morons in the DZ), I think I should venture into TW3 again… I saw a few new screenshots of this expansion and man oh man…


  6. iusedtobe(a)regular

    May 11, 2016 at 10:02

    I think I have had enough of the Witcher and I most certainly had enough of open world games for now. U4 is my main focus now, at least as far as gaming is concerned.


  7. Mossel

    May 11, 2016 at 10:40

    Super amped to get the expansion and delve back into this. Seriously one of the best games ever made!


  8. Spy Master Tokashi

    May 11, 2016 at 11:24

    Will I be able to use more than 12 talents in the expansion?


  9. Strawman Jim

    May 11, 2016 at 11:57

    Sheesh! I haven’t even finished the main game yet… 😮 I love you CDProjectRed!!!


  10. Strawman Jim

    May 11, 2016 at 13:39

    I see Lolygon is bitching about race (in the Witcher) again – https://archive.is/c17Ym


  11. Ghost In The Rift

    May 12, 2016 at 22:16

    Sweet, but a letter from Yen concerns me, really hope she appears more in the DLC


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