developer: CD Projekt RED
publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Game mode: single player
The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone is the first large expansion pack to the highly acclaimed action-RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, released in May 2015. The add-on was developed by the creators of the base game, the Polish studio CD Projekt RED, responsible for previous installments in The Witcher series as well. To play the expansion, distributed through the The Witcher 3 Season Pass or sold separately, the base game is required. PC and PlayStation 4 versions received limited retail editions that includes game code and two decks of the gwent card game (154 cards) along with tokens.
Hearts of Stone, once again, puts you in control of Geralt of Rivia. Hired by the Merchant of Mirrors, he has to face Olgierd von Everec, a bandit captain, who, in some mysterious way, managed to obtain immortality. In order to defeat him, you have to complete three difficult tasks and remove the spell that makes him invincible. The story takes place in the territory of No Man’s Land and the town of Oxenfurt.
Hearts of Stone is a mission pack, and as so, it does not alter the basic gameplay mechanics. Of course, apart from new missions, which were designed for level 30 characters and scaled for the NG+ mode, there are also new monsters, tough choices and their consequences, extra items, weapons, artifacts, and even romance options. All of this amounts roughly to additional 10 hours of gameplay. It is also noteworthy that the expansion can be completed before or after finishing the Wild Hunt's main story.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4 GHz/AMD FX-8350 4 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 770/4 GB Radeon R9 290 or better, 40 GB HDD, Windows 7/8/8.1 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz/AMD Phenom II X4 940 3.7 GHz, 6 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 660/Radeon HD 7870 or better, 40 GB HDD, Windows 7/8/8.1 64-bit