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Community Manager Addresses Talk Of New Game Plus Mode In Witcher 3

While rumors aren’t something I like to report on, recent forum and twitter murmurings about the possibility of a New Game Plus mode in the Witcher 3 have piqued many people’s interest. With other features, such as the storage chest, once said to be “not in the cards”, many gamers weren’t satisfied with the recent denial that such a post-game mode was being worked on.

In a Witcher community forum thread, CD Projekt officially addressed player’s concerns with a couple posts that, while saying it isn’t being worked on, doesn’t seem to entirely shoot it down either:

    Absolutely. I am not saying there is NO possibility you will ever see New Game +. The dev team is aware it has been requested and they like to keep fans happy when possible. However, as you can see by patch 1.07, there are other things being worked on as well. There are still 2 free DLCs (after this week’s Ciri alt costume), there are patches still being worked on and there is the Expansion Pass material being developed. It may happen, it may not happen, but there is definitely no word on it happening currently.
    There was a lot of speculation that you would see NG+ in patch 1.07 and it didn’t happen. Some were disappointed by this. I recommend you politely keep asking for it, but don’t expect it. Then, if it should ever happen, you’ll be happy. But if it doesn’t happen for a while, you won’t keep being disappointed.

The idea of a “New Game +” mode seems to be a bit of an overkill in a game where you already have well over 100 hours of content in the vanilla retail package – though obviously there are many who want it. Do you feel this is a good idea, or should they just focus on balancing the late game combat that is already in need of work?

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Carl is both a JRPG fan and a CRPG'er who especially loves European PC games. Even with more than three decades of gaming under his belt, he feels the best of the hobby is yet to come.



10 comments
  1. BaronKrause
    BaronKrause
    July 14, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I’m kind of surprised there are still games being released today that don’t have this. It is almost free additional content for people who want to.

    No need to rebalance things, just let you restart the game with your old items/levels. If they want to add slightly more effort then they can add an item or 2 only obtainable in Newgame+.

  2. KefkaFollower
    KefkaFollower
    July 14, 2015 at 10:52 am

    A “new game+” mode makes no sense to me. The game doesn’t scale to your character level. Is part of your job to pick when to fight each fight.

    The game is huge and you have replay value just by go through it making different choices.

    It is true at CDProjekt’s forums you see new threads asking for it on a regular basis, but most of them are open for the same user.
    You also see the same nicknames posting in other threads as CDProjekt has promised a NG+. Is hard for me see it as an innocent mistake.

  3. Brimfyre
    Brimfyre
    July 14, 2015 at 11:09 am

    My want of a NG+ option is wholly dependent on how the Season Pass Quests work. If they take place during the storyline or after.

    Also I hope Ciri shows up in the story DLC, so I can see her new costume. I’ll eventually go back and play the main game again, but it won’t be for a while now.

  4. deadeye
    deadeye
    July 14, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Personally, I’ve never been into NG+ modes that much. For the most part, it’s just the same game but with all the fun taken out because you steamroll everything.

    And adding an item or two is absolutely not worth it at all. I want some whole new part of the game to open up. I’m not gonna go through an entire game for one item. What’s the point in that? What’s the item gonna do, when I’m already killing everything effortlessly?

    There are some exceptions of course, but they’re very few.

    In this case, I’d much rather them balance end game content than throw in some tacked on NG+.

  5. BaronKrause
    BaronKrause
    July 14, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Thats usually the point though, the items many games add to newgame+ are just renamed/higher damage versions of existing items. Its not meant to be a draw for people who don’t want to do it (and something they would feel they are missing out on if they dont), just a slight bonus for people who were already going to.

  6. deadeye
    deadeye
    July 14, 2015 at 11:37 am

    I suppose. I’m not against NG+ at all, it’s just in this case, where they seem to be deciding between a NG+ and rebalancing stuff, I’d much rather them polish what’s already there.

    Then they can do NG+, and give it the proper attention and give people incentive to go through it again beyond just playing it all again. Rather than just tossing it in and not adding anything.

  7. Tyrannikos
    Tyrannikos
    July 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    I’m entirely neutral on whether or not I believe NG+ should be added. Is it needed? Nah. Could it be a nice bonus? Yeah, for those who want it. I’m always down for more options so long as they don’t ruin my personal experience, which NG+ wouldn’t do.

    I think if it is added, we’ll see it with or near one of the expansions. Once those have gone gold, the devs will have some spare time (assuming they don’t use that spare time prepping a patch for tons of broken crap in the expansions).

  8. Misogynerd
    Misogynerd
    July 14, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    I rather prefer new difficulties, or what Fire Emblem 7 did, which was add Hector mode which has 2 new charcters, 4 new stages and adds/changes various scenes.

  9. sanic
    sanic
    July 14, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    What exactly would transfer in new game plus? Do people just want to be able to steam roll enemies in a second playthrough or just keep their money or what?

  10. TeLin特林
    TeLin特林
    July 14, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    I’d like both….would make it more worth it to run through a second play-through to go through all the different choices.