The Witcher—the unique—is 13 years outdated now, and CD Projekt has in all probability given it away free a couple of thousand instances beforehand. However if you happen to nonetheless have not performed it, and for some motive nonetheless need to, here is one other shot: The sport is now free for everybody by way of GOG Galaxy.
To get it, you will have to both set up or replace the GOG Galaxy client, then choose the “Current” view. Should you do not already personal The Witcher Enhanced Version Director’s Minimize, you must see a banner throughout the highest of the web page: Click on the giveaway button, and the sport will present up in your account.
Apparently, some customers are very unhappy about the truth that the sport can solely be claimed by way of the Galaxy consumer and never the GOG web site. “It is one more instance of GOG aggressively pushing individuals in the direction of putting in their crappy nonportable proprietary ‘optionally available’ spy ware DRM consumer and concurrently treating non-Galaxy customers like second class residents,” one wrote.
One other requested, “Is there anywhere left on the planet the place you may merely hand over cash in alternate for a product, with out having to signal away away your very important statistics in perpetuity to the cult of the Nice Advertising and marketing Algorithm?”
Others take a extra balanced view, although, mentioning that Galaxy is not required to launch or run the sport—you may set up it, declare the sport, after which dump the consumer if you would like—and that GOG is unlikely to ever really abandon its long-standing stance in opposition to DRM, since that is the one huge benefit it holds over Steam.
Personally, I feel the Galaxy consumer is kind of good. It runs easily and does a pleasant job of bringing Steam, Origin, Epic, and all the remaining below one roof. As an organizational instrument for big, multi-storefront digital collections with built-in assist for achievements and pals lists, I’ve discovered it to work very effectively.
However again to the purpose: Even if you happen to’re not terribly eager about diving right into a 13-year-old RPG with some very uncommon fight mechanics—and at this level, there’s good motive to skip the first two games within the trilogy if you happen to’re new to the entire thing—the bonus content material make it a worthwhile pickup. Together with the sport, the Enhanced Edition Directors Cut additionally consists of the soundtrack and “music impressed by The Witcher,” sport world maps, and different enjoyable stuff. The music alone is well worth the worth of admission, particularly since that worth is “nothing.”
GOG’s giveaway of The Witcher Enhanced Version Administrators Minimize by way of the Galaxy consumer shall be obtainable indefinitely. For extra free stuff, make sure to hit up our listing of all of the free games you can grab right now, and our broader rundown of the best free games of 2020.