'The Witcher III' news: first screenshots of new 'Blood and Wine' expansion

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A first look at the new and upcoming expansion pack for the hit and critically acclaimed game “The Witcher III: Wild Hunt” has been released by developer CD Projekt Red. The new expansion will be called “Blood and Wine” and will follow the well-accepted first expansion “Hearts of Stone.”

CD Projekt Red released the first two screenshots that feature the surrounding areas of the Toussaint region, including the entire region as well as a closer look at the town area. Toussaint is an all-new region in the game. In the expansion, “Blood and Wine” will take the game’s main protagonist Geralt to the land of Toussaint, a place described as “a land untainted by war, where an atmosphere of carefree indulgence and knightly ritual masks an ancient, bloody secret.” What could that ancient, bloody secret be?

“2015 is almost behind us. It’s a great year for open world games and a fantastic time for The Witcher,” game director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz said, via the official press release. “A year of intense work for the team and a time filled with many personal victories for everyone involved in a project that received more than 300 awards so far (wow!). We overcame so many obstacles to get to this point, and we’ve always done it with gamers rooting for us. It’s your year, too! ‘Blood and Wine,’ the second expansion for ‘The Witcher 3,’ is on the horizon. It’s a massive new land to explore, visually unlike anything you saw in ‘Wild Hunt’ or ‘Hearts of Stone,’ and it too is brimming with stories we want you to discover.”

Previously, “The Witcher III: Wild Hunt” won the overall Game of The Year award at the recently held Game Awards 2015, beating other nominees for the awards such as “Bloodborne,” “Fallout 4,” “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain,” and “Super Mario Maker.”

CD Projekt Red also won the Developer of the Year award, besting other AAA title developers such as From Software, Kojima Productions, Nintendo, and Bethesda Game Studios.

The “Blood and Wine” expansion pack is currently available as part of the “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Expansion Pass.” It will be released sometime around the first half of 2016 and will add at least 20 hours more gameplay.