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The Witcher 3 getting New Game+ mode in final batch of free DLC

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The final piece of free downloadable content for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will add a "New Game+" mode to CD Projekt Red's open-world role-playing game, the developer confirmed in a Facebook post today.

The New Game+ mode is aimed at players who have already completed The Witcher 3. Although CD Projekt Red didn't detail its plans for the New Game+, the mode typically allows players to restart their adventure while retaining the items and experience gained in their previous play-through. New Game+ modes in other games often alter scenarios or difficulty, but it sounds like we'll have to wait to hear more about CD Projekt Red's approach.

"Stay tuned for more info regarding the release," the developer said on Facebook. "It won't happen this week though — we need a little bit more time to finish it."

The final batch of DLC for The Witcher 3 brings CDPR's plan to release 16 pieces of free content for the game to a close. The developer also plans to release a pair of paid expansions for the game, which it says will add about 30 hours of new adventures to the game. The first expansion, Hearts of Stone, is slated for release in October. The add-on sends Geralt into the wilds of No Man's Land and the city of Oxenfurt to complete a contract from the Man of Glass. The second expansion, Blood and Wine, is scheduled for release during the first three months of 2016. Players can explore Toussaint, a new in-game region of The Witcher 3, which CD Projekt Red describes as "a land untainted by war, where an atmosphere of carefree indulgence and knightly ritual masks an ancient, bloody secret."

The Witcher 3's paid DLC expansions will be available as part of the game's Expansion Pass, which costs $24.99.

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