BS. Bioware used to be the same way, and we know how that turned out. Once they start adding multiplayer, it'll just get worse. Maybe you youngins haven't gone through this game before, but trust me, the lure of selling Call of Duty or Skyrim numbers is too tempting.
Bioware used to have better publisher than EA. Even Interplay era Bioware didn't have the principles like CDPR. If Baldur's Gate made by CDPR, Tales of the Sword Coast would be a free patch.
I am boggled at the amount of Bioware hate and why people think it applies here.CDPR is a polish corporation - do they worry, or even check out, about what other polish media corps do? Do they compare CDPR with Obsidian? Hey, here's a worry - wasn't Troika an RPG company with big ideas? Where are they now?
Bioware didn't pioneer the open-world game. They didn't pioneer the fantasy RPG. All they are is a current leading exponent of it. That's it. Because they or Bethesda or whomever makes a design choice neither precludes nor includes CDPR making a similar choice.
Furthermore, there -are- going to be similarities in these games, given the medium, the themes and the platforms. There just are. And that doesn't even take into account tastes, that what one person thinks is boring, "tough as nails brooding type ( hello, Geralt)", other people quite enjoy playing.
Rather than worrying about what CDPR shouldn't do with their games, check out the dream rpg thread to see some great ideas on what they could do.
And, understand that because Bioware or Bethesda may have done horribly non-consenting carnal things to your rpg-puppy or whatever, does not in any way mean that CDPR will as well.
Tales of the Sword Coast was an expansion, not a patch, and I remember an old interview where CDPR said that patches/DLC would be free while expansions (none of which ever actually materialized) would be something they would charge for. I can't find the interview where that came up because it's old and buried under a pile of Witcher 3 articles, but definitely remember that being brought up when Witcher 2 was new-ish.If Baldur's Gate made by CDPR, Tales of the Sword Coast would be a free patch.