Witcher 3 Blood and Wine FAQ (no spoilers)

This Witcher 3 Blood and Wine FAQ was posted today on the CD Projekt Red‘s official forums. We have a chance to learn a bit more about the upcoming expansion less than a week before its launch.

► Blood and Wine FAQ [No Spoilers]


Blood and Wine is the final expansion for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — an award-winning role-playing game set in a vast fantasy open world.
Become professional monster slayer Geralt of Rivia and explore Toussaint, a remote land untouched by war, where you will unravel the horrifying secret behind a beast terrorizing the kingdom. With all trails leading to dead ends, only a witcher can solve the mystery and survive the evil lurking in the night.  Introducing an entirely new realm to traverse, new characters and monsters, Blood and Wine is a 30+ hour adventure full of dark deeds, unexpected twists, romance and deceit.

Redeemgwent.com and availability of cards in retail

Q: Why isn’t the Limited Edition available from my local retailer?
A: In certain territories only one of 2 available versions is being sold in retail (PC or PS4). Please contact our local distribution partner to make sure which version if available in your region, and which retailer has it available. Please keep in mind that they might not ship the product to your country or they might run out of stock.

Q: Can I redeem the GWENT decks even if I ordered the expansions months ago?
A: Yes! Just go to:http://redeemgwent.com/ Using this website, you can generate a special code that will enable you to visit witcherstore.com and buy the physical Gwent deck sets released so far: the Scoia’tael and Monsters decks (from the Limited Edition of Hearts of Stone), and/or Nilfgaard and Northern Realms decks (from the Limited Edition of Blood and Wine). To receive the code, you need to fill out the form and upload your proof of purchase — this might be a photo of Hearts of Stone,Blood and Wine , or the Expansion Pass in your library , or a copy of your digital receipt that was generated for you after you made your purchase.

Q: When will the redeemgwent orders ship?
A: The first batch will start to ship the week of June 24th, 2016, the second and final will be starting to ship 2-3 weeks later.

Q: Are the new Nilfgaardian and Northern Realms decks different from the Collector’s Edition Xbox One decks?
A: They are the same factions, but the value of the cards is different due to balancing. Additionally, with Blood and Wineyou get neutral cards as well.

Q: Will there be a physical version of the Skellige faction?
A: There are no plans for the Skellige deck to be sold in physical form.

B&W General

Q: Does Blood and Wine take place during the main story?
A: Blood and Wine is a stand-alone story, not part of Wild Hunt.

Q: Are there any differences if you play this before or after the end of the main game?
A: Yes, there are some differences, but we don’t want to spoil!

Q: Is there official information about how to start B&W once installed? Do we need to do something specific? Go somewhere?
A: You install the expansion and a new quest shows in your journal. Additionally, after installation you receive a pop-up informing you how to start the expansion.

Q: How large is the Toussaint map?
A: Roughly as large as ‘No Man’s Land’.

Q: Can we travel from Toussaint to the base map as we play the expansion?
A: Yes.

Q : Important question, will choices from previous games, Witcher 1 and 2, matter in Blood & Wine?
A: No, choices from TW1 & TW2 will not matter in Blood and Wine.

Q: Do choices from Hearts of Stone matter in Blood and Wine?
A: No, choices from Hearts of Stone don’t matter in Blood and Wine.

Q: What is the recommended normal starting level?
A: 34 – 35.

Q: What is the recommended starting level for NG+?
A: At least lvl 64.

Q: What is the level cap?
A: In Blood and Wine the level cap will be moved up to 100

Q: Will there be improved difficulty?
A: Yes.

Q: Will the changes to the UI affect our pre-existing character-builds (change, alter, or reset them)?
A: No.

Q: Will the graphics in the other regions of the world be improved as well, or will they only be in Toussaint?
A: Just Toussaint.

Q: When will the digital GOG version expected to unlock?
A: May 30th @ 4PM (Los Angeles) = May 31st @ 1AM CEST (Warsaw) = May 31st @ 12AM BST (London).

Q: What will be the size of the download file for the Blood and Wine expansion?
A: 10-15GB, depending on your platform.

Q: If I buy the digital version of Blood and Wine will I get any bonuses?
Q:On GOG.com and Steam you’ll receive the following:
The Witcher Comic Book — Killing Monsters
High Quality Renders – digital
Concept Art – digital

Q: Will the B&W expansion break mods?
A: Mods will have to be updated to the latest version in order to work with the expansion.

Q: Does the expansion have all languages included, or do we have to download the language packs separately?
A: The expansion has the same languages as the base game.

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