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The Witcher 3's New Game+ mode detailed by CD Projekt Red

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Earlier this week, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt Red revealed that the final piece of free downloadable content coming to the open-world game was a New Game+ mode. Today, the developer explains what that means for players returning for a replay of The Witcher 3.

First on the list? "Enemies will be stronger, obviously," CD Projekt Red community lead Marcin Momot said.

In a post on the game's official forums, Momot explained that player experience, money and alchemy recipes will carry over when starting a New Game+ playthrough. So will items, with a few exceptions: Gwent cards, quest items, books, letters, usable items and trophies.

If a player finishes the game below level 30, they'll be bumped up to level 30 when they start New Game+, Momot explained. Otherwise, they'll start New Game+ playthroughs with their current level.

"You also get a free Clearing Potion at the start so you can reset your skills and try a different build," Momot said.

Players will be able to select any difficulty level they want when starting New Game+.

CD Projekt Red hasn't provided a release date for The Witcher 3's New Game+ mode. The update will be the 16th and final piece of planned free DLC for the gameTwo paid expansions are also coming to The Witcher 3, which promise to add some 30 hours of gameplay to the title.