Having recently celebrated the game’s fifth anniversary, CD Projekt Red are giving the game away on PC for free on their GOG.com storefront… so long as you own it on another PC storefront, PS4 or Xbox One.
The promotion runs until 11AM UTC on 23rd June (that’s 12PM UK time), and taps into your ownership across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam, Origin and Epic Games. All you need to do is install the GOG Galaxy 2.0 application, and use its ability to connect to external platforms and game networks. Once connected, it will the detect whether you own the game and add The Witcher 3 to your library. It will also import some elements of your progression where available, such as achievements and game time.
Coming from PS4 and Xbox One, this will also work regardless of whether you’ve bought a physical or digital copy of the game. More specifically, it will depend on if you’ve played the game on PS4 or Xbox One, the GOG Galaxy app then being able to see the entry for the game in your achievements/trophies list and letting you claim. It sounds like they’re erring on the side of being overly generous, rather than make it too complicated or restricted.
Unfortunately, with no integration available for Nintendo Switch, if you’ve bought the surprisingly good port of the game on Nintendo’s platform, you’ll be left out. This is a bit disappointing, since the game was updated back in February to support Cross-save with the PC version of the game.
It’s also worth noting that you’ll receive a version of the game to match that which you already own. If you bought The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, you’ll get that, while if you bought The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game of the Year Edition, you’ll get that instead. If you bought the base game and the DLC expansions separately, you will only get the base game.
Either way, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on GOG.com has some exclusive digital goodies including the extended soundtrack with 4 bonus tracks, The Witcher official paper toys designed by top papercraft artist Tougui and The Witcher: House of Glass digital comic book.
Finally, if you already own the game on GOG.com, but also have it on another platform, you can still take advantage of the offer and receive a giftable copy of the game, valid for one week.
All in all, it’s rather generous of CD Projekt Red and GOG.com to be giving this away. It follows a similar scheme for The Witcher and The Witcher 2, allowing buyers on other stores to input their product key and claim a free back up of the games on GOG.com, where you are then able to download and play the games DRM free. This, however, is seemingly much more ambitious and with a much, much more popular game!
Source: press release, GOG.com