It's very common for such issues to arise when a playthrough was begun in one version, then updated through multiple versions over time. If that's not the case, then it may simply be a set of variables in your playthrough. You can always play the expansion as a standalone adventure by launching it directly from the main menu.CosmicSmasher;n9863921 said:I just picked up both dlcs after finishing my new game+ and the first thing I do is Ofier's Distant Shores and encounter this bug. Not really making me want to continue on when the VERY FIRST QUEST IS BROKEN. I see no sense in reporting it through the proper channels, as it seems clear they know it's a problem. I'm not interested in starting a dlc special file, I just spent hundreds of hours playing through the game twice to get to this dlc. I only spent 12.50$ for both DLCs so I gues that helps a bit but this is still very disappointing. Remove the quest, patch in the item, put a warning on the game store, do something so every new player doesn't have to encounter this BS!
Such problems are a nuisance with all large RPGs. Though, most of the time, each issue is so rare that most players will never experience them. I admit freely that "cannot open XYZ chest" pops up quite a bit more often than some bugs, but it affects only a small minorty of players. (And yes, thousands and thousands of players is still a very small fraction.) That's the issue -- I don't think the chest issues can ever be reliably recreated. The bug is seemingly buried in the code somewhere, and despite several years of "fixing" it...it keeps coming back. It's like trying to strangle water.
Best bet if you encounter it is to reload to a point before starting the quest, try to empty out your inventory as much as possible (stash or sell), then begin the quest again. If it won't respond, save / reload a whole bunch of times. If that won't work, run away, transition between inside / outside locations (where Geralt auto-transitions between a walk / jog), then run back to the chest and try to activate it again.
If all else fails, starting the quest as a standalone from the main menu is probably the best bet.