The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s first expansion, “Hearts of Stone,” will launch across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 13, developer CD Projekt RED announced.
The expansion will be available in both digital and limited physical editions at select retailers worldwide. The physical edition will cost $19.99 / 19.99€ and contains a download code for the expansion, two physical decks of The Witcher card game Gwent, and a detailed Gwent rule manual. Owners of the digital version will also be able to purchase the Gwent cards separately via a special website.
“Hearts of Stone” promises over 10 hours of gameplay, including “new characters, powerful monsters, unique romance, and a brand new storyline shaped by gamer choices.” It also introduces a new system of Runewords that “significantly affects gameplay.” Each Runeword will impact a different aspect of in-game mechanics and will allow the players to experiment with various strategies and tactics.
Here’s the official outline:
Step again into the shoes of Geralt of Rivia, a professional monster slayer, this time hired to defeat a ruthless bandit captain, Olgierd von Everec, a man who possesses the power of immortality. The expansion lets you choose your own way through an adventure that includes recruiting a crew of break-in artists, spending a night partying with a ghost and outsmarting the most bizarre creatures Geralt has ever faced.
Watch a teaser trailer for “Hearts of Stone” below. View a new set of screenshots at the gallery.