Today the Witcher 3 Add-On released.

There are three ways of how you can access the story's begin:

1. Start from beginning:

  • No Savegame required.
  • Starting with the first quest to Hearts of Stone immeditely after Prolog of the main game.
  • Recommended level is 30.

2. Starting from current save game:

  • If you are midway through the main game, after installation of Hearts of Stone you also receive an entry in your quest log like above if you load this save game.

3. Only Add-On:

  • You are even able to only play the Add-On.
  • Starting with a preconfigured Character on Level 32

Now my Question: The first and second way would mean, that you complete the main game (or get until around level30) and then start with the Add-On, but what if you have completed the main game and started a New Game +? Can I instantly begin with Hearts of Stone or is the difficulty raised, so that I have to play parts of the main game again, too?

This is my case since I uninstalled Witcher 3 and only have a savegame with very high gere and in the begin of New Game + left.

Furthermore the second way is no compromise as nearly every RPGer would understand since you did not achieve anything by yourself ;-)

  • I currently don't have the Add-On otherwise I would've just tested it of course :-) Thus the post can lead to a purchase decision depending on your answers. Maybe someone could just test it, who purchased it already. Oct 13, 2015 at 11:31

1 Answer 1


You can instantly begin, as long as you are done with the Prologue. The difficulty will either scale with your level 30 character, or your level of difficulty in NG+.

In your case, after you are done with the Prologue, you'll start the game with a quest in your journal and the enemies will be associated with your difficulty level at the time the journal entry was created.

  • Beat me to it - nice one. That makes me feel much better about having started (but not done too much) on my NG+.
    – Jeeva
    Oct 13, 2015 at 19:03
  • Thanks. Yeah, NG+ is mostly an opportunity to make different choices and have completely different outcomes. They didn't really force you into playing any particular way the second time, which I think is a really nice touch.
    – FoxMcCloud
    Oct 13, 2015 at 19:46
  • Thanks for the answer, that's what I wanted and in the weekend I am gonna start to play I assume :-) Oct 14, 2015 at 5:37

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