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The Witcher 3 Blood and Wine Expansion Out May 31

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The Witcher 3 Blood and Wine Expansion Out May 31

Hi, my name is Kacper Niepokólczycki and I’m an Environment Artist at CD Projekt Red. More than a year has passed, and we have been working very hard to bring you Blood and Wine, the final expansion to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. I’m really excited for this opportunity to talk more about creating it.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Blood and Wine

This expansion pack is an old-school add on with 20 hours of new adventures, where players will travel to the land of Toussaint. Witcher fans who are familiar with the books written by Andrzej Sapkowski have probably heard of this region and have waited for a long time to explore it.

We started with prototyping the whole hub — this was a difficult task, as Toussaint is different from anything we ever did in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Sunny and beautiful, it’s almost a fantasy land straight out of a fairytale. Building something completely new gave us a lot of room for creativity, but at the same time it was challenging. The Slavic mythos lands we were all so accustomed to had to make room for something new — the mood and tone of southern Italy and France. We quickly fell in love with the architecture, colors, warm sun, and beautiful vistas filled with vineyards and wineries.

The most important part of this new realm is the city of Beauclair, the capital of Toussaint, and the palace where the local duchess resides. We had several main focuses when creating these places, and one of the biggest ones was providing players with breathtaking sightseeing opportunities. At the same time, Beauclair had to be different than another epic place in the game: Novigrad.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Blood and WineThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Blood and Wine

We made that happen, among other things, by adding a lot of verticality to exploration. Beauclair has many levels and really distinct districts. It has its own landmarks and — much like a real-life city — it’s own unique feel that helps immerse players in the world of the game. The city itself is a landmark as well. Since it’s placed on an elevated patch of land, you can see it from afar and it can help you navigate the land of Toussaint without the use of any map.

When the concept of the city was done, we started to work on the terrain around it. We plotted routes leading in and out of the city, placed roads and connected these roads to the myriad of points of Interest the expansion offers. With every iteration, we ended up with more and more content. Concept artists were a huge part of the process providing us us with conceptual art of locations, both small and big, we later used to saturate the realm with really mysterious and dangerous spots Geralt could visit.

Of course having concept art does not mean all of the design work is finished — on the contrary. In many cases concept art looks gorgeous on paper, but will not work gameplay-wise. This is where 3D Environment Artists come in. Our job is making the location look great and, at the same time, make it play even better. After all, we are not making a film, but crafting a great gameplay experience.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Blood and Wine

Eventually, we started to create more locations outside the city. One of the key things here is always remembering to account for the distance between different locations. This is important to constantly keep players engaged. Just like in Wild Hunt, there are many points of interest to uncover when you explore Toussaint.

This is just a very short summary of how we approach the creation of the open world environment you’ll find in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Blood and Wine. It’s an extremely fun and satisfying process, but also very challenging. Personally, I’m sure you’ll like Blood and Wine for it’s new look. It was a super fun experience for us to create it, and I hope you’ll have even more fun experiencing it as a gamer.

See you in Toussaint!

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24 Comments

  • Please let us have another romantic option ><

  • Wow! 20 more hours to an already fantastic amazing game. You guys have really raised the bar in the DLC department and should be the new standard IMO. Thank you so much.

  • I don’t have the game yet, is there any chance that we’ll see a Witcher 3 Complete Edition with everything all in one package?

    • That is what I’m waiting for. I would be shocked if a complete edition doesn’t happen for this game. I am patient.

    • Wondering this myself. i loved Witcher 2 but never got around to getting W3. then with all the free and paid dlc coming out, i’m hoping a version including all dlc will eventually be released, or another sale on the standard game.

    • Just be patient then. Since this won game of the year, there is no doubt a Game of the Year Edition will be releases with all of the extra content on it as well. The game itself is spectacular

  • FINALLY IT HERE!! :) YAY!! I’m happy to download whoooo!

  • I hate this game. Bye!

  • Wooo! I loved the Witcher 3 and I’m really looking forward to this!

  • I can’t wait for BaW…I’m surrounded by games I need to finish but I’ll stop anything to play BaW.I’m dying to explore Toussaint and you guys say 20h worth of gameplay but I’ll spend 200h+ on it that’s for sure.

    Rumors are that Toussaint is as big as Skellige counting the sea…can you imagine that?…I hope y’all filled the map with PoIs and I also hope for at least 5 new contracts,only 1 on HoS was disappointing.

    Only me and ma brother know how much I’ve been waiting for this,I simply can’t wait anymore.BaW hype is back on its fullest at sky high expectations haha….Toussaint here I go baby.

    I hope that I’m not rusty on Gwent.

  • Any chance of Witcher 1 and 2 coming to PS4?

  • I want a phonetic spelling of your name. O.O

  • Make with the GOTY ED so I can enjoy these already. >_<

  • Finally! Can’t wait!

  • Amazing…Great Job CD Projekt Red…Cant wait to get my hands on this DLC

  • I would love to play The Witcher 3 with it’s DLC, but sadly for me, CD Projekt Red refuses to upload the German language pack to the US store, which is available on the UK one.

  • I’m very excited to play this DLC. I loved Hearts of Stone. The story alone was amazing, but the scenery and the gameplay brought it all to a new level. I’m going to be getting the edition with the gwent decks. Freaking love that game. I’d gladly buy all the decks were they available.

  • Wow! All the dlc for this game has been top notch. I own The Witcher 3, but I haven’t gotten around to playing it much. It is amazing and immersive and I am looking forward to spending more time with it soon. I just finished Dark Souls 3 and I plan on getting Doom tomorrow. After that I will go back to the Witcher. I plan on getting all the dlc for the game because they all look well worth the cash.

  • Excited can’t wait

  • After UNCHARTED 4, other game foliage just doesn’t look the same anymore :(

  • Prior to witcher 3, never played a game in the series and I regret not doing so. Keep in mind I didn’t regret picking witcher 2 offa steam for the pc for 2.99 either heh. I am one of the toughest critics on video games, even though I don’t have any sort of following. Witcher 3 is probably one of the best games I have played in years. I would say it’s the best but the combat system is meh, it was a little stale in the beginning as a new comer. 9.5/10.

    Just wanna throw a thanks out there to everyone at CD project red for being good people and creating great things. I’d buy you all a shot if I could

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