Here you'll find a list of official answers to common, basic questions about the expansion Blood and Wine. These answers have been verified and authorised with the assistance of CD PROJEKT RED's Community Specialist Pawel Burza (@Burza46) . Many thanks, Pawel!
This information is provided for those who wish to avoid spoilers, but still want to know certain facts about the game. Therefore, please, do not attempt to ask questions that will spoil the enjoyment of other players. Those who seek more detailed information and discussion are encouraged to visit Story, locations and characters discussion [spoilers] or Blood and Wine Expansion Pack Quests.
Also, out of regard for players who may not have yet played Wild Hunt and Hearts of Stone, please, avoid spoilers in general. Thank you.
Redeemgwent.com and availability of cards in retail:
Update: Blood and Wine Gwent Decks -- Out of Stock!
Q: Why isn’t the Limited Edition available from my local retailer?
A: In certain territories only one of 2 available versions is being sold in retail (PC or PS4). Please contact our local distribution partner to make sure which version if available in your region, and which retailer has it available. Please keep in mind that they might not ship the product to your country or they might run out of stock.
Q: Can I redeem the GWENT decks even if I ordered the expansions months ago?
A: Yes! Just go to:http://redeemgwent.com/
A: The first batch will start to ship the week of June 24th, 2016, the second and final will be starting to ship 2-3 weeks later.
Q: Are the new Nilfgaardian and Northern Realms decks different from the Collector’s Edition Xbox One decks?
A: They are the same factions, but the value of the cards is different due to balancing. Additionally, with Blood and Wine you get neutral cards as well.
Q: Will there be a physical version of the Skellige faction?
A: There are no plans for the Skellige deck to be sold in physical form.
Q: Does Blood and Wine take place during the main story?
A: Blood and Wine is a stand-alone story, not part of Wild Hunt.
Q: Are there any differences if you play this before or after the end of the main game?
A: Yes, there are some differences, but we don’t want to spoil!
Q: Is there official information about how to start B&W once installed? Do we need to do something specific? Go somewhere?
A: You install the expansion and a new quest shows in your journal. Additionally, after installation you receive a pop-up informing you how to start the expansion.
Q: How large is the Toussaint map?
A: Roughly as large as ‘No Man’s Land’.
Q: Can we travel from Toussaint to the base map as we play the expansion?
Q : Important question, will choices from previous games, Witcher 1 and 2, matter in Blood & Wine?
A: No, choices from TW1 & TW2 will not matter in Blood and Wine.
Q: Do choices from Hearts of Stone matter in Blood and Wine?
A: No, choices from Hearts of Stone don't matter in Blood and Wine.
Q: What is the recommended normal starting level?
A: 34 - 35.
Q: What is the recommended starting level for NG+?
A: At least lvl 64.
Q: What is the level cap?
A: In Blood and Wine the level cap will be moved up to 100
Q: Will there be improved difficulty?
Q: Will the changes to the UI affect our pre-existing character-builds (change, alter, or reset them)?
Q: Will the graphics in the other regions of the world be improved as well, or will they only be in Toussaint?
A: Just Toussaint.
Q: When will the digital GOG version expected to unlock?
A: May 30th @ 4PM (Los Angeles) = May 31st @ 1AM CEST (Warsaw) = May 31st @ 12AM BST (London).
Q: What will be the size of the download file for the Blood and Wine expansion?
A: 10-15GB, depending on your platform.
Q: If I buy the digital version of Blood and Wine will I get any bonuses?
A: On GOG.com and Steam you’ll receive the following:
● The Witcher Comic Book -- Killing Monsters
● High Quality Renders - digital
● Concept Art - digital
Q: Will the B&W expansion break mods?
A: Mods will have to be updated to the latest version in order to work with the expansion.
Q: Does the expansion have all languages included, or do we have to download the language packs separately?
A: The expansion has the same languages as the base game. [Language packs must be downloaded separately.]
*Update*: The changelog for patch 1.20, which also introduces some new features into the base game, may be read here.