The Witcher 3 Is Getting A New Game Plus Mode

The Witcher 3 is getting a New Game Plus mode for repeat playthroughs, developer CD Projekt Red just announced. Like the rest of the game's DLC so far, it will be free. Great news, despite the fact that a lot of people haven't finished yet.


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    despite the fact that a lot of people haven’t finished yet.
    The people that have completed the game outweigh the people that haven't.

    The fact that this is coming as a DLC and not an expansion is great. I've seen people bitching on their Facebook page in regards to NG+ not being substantial enough as DLC, which is amusing. The industry has done a fine job at twisting Expansion to = DLC, it seems as though CDPR is one of the only groups keeping the difference alive.

      Not according to PS trophies, where I think 17% had finished it last time I checked.

        Sorry but, Playstation trophies only account for PS users.
        There's also X1 and PC. A lot of people have finished the game.

        Upd: Downvotes for stating fact??? People are that butthurt that there are others out there minus themselves that have finished the game? If you have a look on Reddit (Vastly outnumbers Kotaku in terms of populace) You will find that more people have finished the game. This post is not denying the fact that people haven't finished the game, that's irrefutable.

        You don't need to spend 50+ hours to finish the game. If you like to take your time and do every single quest that's along the way, good on ya, that will take close to 100 hours - they're well detailed. I've had 160+ hours spent in the game between two playthroughs. I have limited enough time as it is and I enjoy playing other games as well. There are other people like this.

        inb4 comments of neckbeard redneck no life faggit

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          And since it is a GoG game (CDProjekt own GoG), there's probably a lot of people who played without any game library client and then there are those who used Galaxy, the new GoG game library client that probably isn't showing up on metrics pages yet.

            I can't believe that people don't understand / accept this as well. Over 600,000 copies were on GoG Galaxy alone and another 600,000 on Steam (If I'm interpreting this link correctly: http://steamspy.com/app/292030).

          True that a lot of people have finished the game, but I think it's a pretty long stretch to say the number that have finished it would outweigh those who don't. There were a few stories going round a while back about the number of people who finish any game, and it's pretty low (e.g. http://kotaku.com/5832450/nine-out-of-10-will-not-finish-the-game-they-are-playing).

          So yeah, while PlayStation trophies only accounts for PS users, there's no reason to think the percentage of users who have completed it on any other platform would be significantly higher than it is on PS4. In fact if that 17% carries right across the board, then The Witcher 3 is probably doing better than most games in that regard, especially when you consider the number of hours it demands of its player to actually get through it.

            Yeah I'm not even close to finishing (Need more free time!) My housemate also isn't there yet. I also know about another three other friends that haven't finished it yet either, so in my circle of friends at least no one has finished it lol

              Same here. I've poured heaps of time into it, but nowhere near finished. I am taking my time with it, though, doing every sidequest, contract and treasure hunt I can lay my hands on. I will eventually finish it, but god only knows when that will be. Hopefully in time for Fallout 4 GOTY edition :P

                I'm the same. It's a total time sink. I reckon I'll finish it around 2018 the rate I'm going. At very least it's value for money!

          Reddit, even if its population dwarfs Kotaku's; is still a tiny slice of the game buying population. Step outside what you can see directly around you and consider the wider market.

          312 hours so far and I've just found Ciri, I am playing on the hardest difficulty so yeah it takes a while but 100 hours for doing everything is a bit off I think.

          Also by your little rant it seems you're the one a bit butthurt over being downvoted. (Honesty forgot Kotaku even have up/down voting)

            For the minute details, I should have put in 100**+** hours. I don't see how it can take you 300 + though on a singleplay through, unless you're not fast travelling everywhere and afking in the world while doing other things.

            The downvotes prove that I'm providing other points of fact and/or opinion that other people can't deal with, asides from @braaaains and @light847 . Not butthurt at all, but glad to be making other peoples days ;)

            This also goes to show at how easily baited the community is, as they decide to ignore the potentially great discussion point of my 1st post, they go for the second. GG m9

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              Never been AFK and use fast travel prettt often. However I did go around and complete every "?"my level would allow me to in Valen/Novigrad before moving on, and often read most of the journals/notes you find. I have hardly even explored Skellige yet, so there will be another chunk.

            I think they estimated 200+ hours to complete everything. 100 is just main quest with some major side quests and armour sets etc

      Forgive my ignorance, I'm not entirely sure what New Game + means?

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        Generally, it means you can restart the game from the beginning but keep all of your items and levels you had when you finished it the first time.
        However, the amount of what you keep varies from game to game.

        Its also much harder.

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        Expanding on what @gaz said, there are armour and weapons on the game that have a required level of 40+ to equip. It's currently not achievable unless mods/hacks. These items lead a lot of people to believe that NG+ was in the works.

        So, instead of starting at level 1, you start at level 35 - or whatever level you were when you finished.

          Thanks @roguexa! I was feeling like I had finally been able to git-gud when I was a high enough level to attempt the Swords and Dumplings quest but then I saw there were items that were level 40+ requirements :( This makes me feel better lol.

            CD:PR have explained a bit more on what's going to be included in it:
            Regarding some of the questions that appeared since yesterday, here are the answers.
            Enemies will be stronger, obviously.
            What carries over?
            Player experience (if you're below level 30 when finishing the vanilla game, you will be bumped to level 30 for the start of NG+), items (excluding: quest items, books & letters, Gwent cards, usable items, trophies), money and alchemy recipes.
            When starting New Game Plus you can select any difficulty level.
            You can obtain the Death Match achievement when playing the NG+ mode.
            What's the starting level of the character when beginning NG+?
            The same that you had when finishing the game, if above 30, otherwise you start at level 30. You also get a free Clearing Potion at the start so you can reset your skills and try a different build.

            Source: http://forums.cdprojektred.com/threads/45519-New-Game-is-coming-it-seems?p=1866418&viewfull=1#post1866418

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        The other guys have explained it well.

        Additional notes: New Game + (Or NG+) has been a staple of JRPGs in particular for a long time, and in many games is actually expected, or requirement to get the most out of the game, with multiple endings only accessible after repeated run-throughs, doing different things.

        Probably the simplest mainstream example that still holds up amazingly well today is SNES game Crono Trigger, whose time-travelling heroes can choose to wake and defeat the final game boss in any number of time periods, dramatically altering history and the game ending. :)

        (If you haven't secured a copy of Crono Trigger to give it a play through sometime, I highly recommend it.)

          i cant believe you guys didnt mention Diablo with normal, nightmare and hell difficulties

    Hell yeah!! Kind of glad I've waited a while before jumping back in now!

    Yeh, I did try starting a second playthrough but felt too underpowered after spending so much time leveling, I didn't want to do it again. This will definitely help me getting back into the game.

      Funnily enough, my favourite part of RPGs including The Witcher 3 is the beginning where you are underpowered. Everything becomes a life and death struggle and the upgrade tree is full of possibility. I'm now 300 or so hours into The Witcher 3 on Death March difficulty and honestly there is very little challenge now that I have sorted out the combat/sign/alchemy systems to my liking. I'm not even using the optimal weapons for my level and the only time I die is if I get particularly careless. Hopefully NG+ will add back that challenge in the same way it did for games like Bloodborne.

        That's usually my experience with RPGs too. I play the first section of a game, levelling up, getting new skills, unlocking new areas etc but then the game tends to slow down a lot in terms of progression.. and while I am not so shallow as to get bored of it.. I do tend to find myself wanting more of that early game stuff.

        With Witcher 3 however, I didn't feel any of that at all, throughout the entire game. Then I finished the main story and did one last contract and I was done. Tried starting again and I couldn't stomach it.

    CD Projekt Red continue to kick the video games industry 'norm' in the balls....

    Out of curiosity (I'm still a long way from finishing my first play through), after you finish the main story, can you still wander round and explore and finish up sidequests etc like you can in, say, Skyrim? Or does the game end and you have to start again from the beginning if you want to keep playing? Just want to make sure I don't go charging too far ahead on the main quest without cleaning up all the sidequests/contracts etc as I go if I'm not going to be able to go back and finish them afterwards.

      You definitely can and the NG+ mode will help along with incentive, but NG+ or not, be aware that as your progress through the main story, certain quests will become unavailable/failed because of choices or actions made by progressing the main story.

      You should still have a lot to do after you've finished the main quest line, just not all of your quest log will remain intact.

        Yeah, I encountered that last night when doing the Get Junior quest, suddenly I got told I'd failed the Gangs of Novigrad quest. Luckily I had a few manual saves so jumped back to the last one and went off to finish Gangs of Novigrad - I'll go back to Get Junior after that.

      The game explicitly tells you when you reach a point of no return, so you can go back.

      Finishing the main storyline lets you go back into the world and clean up most remaining quests etc, but some will be locked off if they deal with characters/plotlines that were connected to the main story.

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