After Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree took the crown for The Witcher 3, one of the creators of Blood and Wine announced that he would buy it “just to support the team”


As you may have seen when the reviews for Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree came out the other day, it took home the title of the highest rated DLC ever among reviewers on Metacritic. The brilliant addition to The Witcher 3 Blood and Wine was the adversary it surpassed to claim the honor, and now developer CD Projekt has cast a spell to congratulate the fresh title holders.

In fact, one of the key creators of the DLC that overshadowed Shadow of the Erdtree says he’s going to go a step further and pat Miyazaki and company on the back a little financially.

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In a tweet quoting one that CD Projekt published via The Witcher’s official account, Paweł Sasko – who was the lead quest designer on Blood and Wine and also took on critical roles on both Cyberpunk 2077 and its currently-in-development sequel from there – declared his intention purchasing Shadow of the Erdtree, even though he never defeated the Elden Beast.

“Congratulations to our dear friends at FromSoftware for their great reviews of the Elden Ring expansion,” wrote the developer. “I haven’t completed the base game yet after 30 hours in The Lands Between, but I will receive Shadow of the Erdtree to support the team.”

While it’s basic to roll your eyes at the inevitable PR nature of tweets like this one from Sasko and this one from CDPR as a whole – including a graphic showing a post of Geralt defeating Mogh and several screens of CD Projekt staff preparing to play Shadow of the Erdtree yourself – considering the overall mood of the industry in 2024, it’s nice to receive such compliments from developer to developer from time to time.

It helps you remember that ultimately we are all in this because we enjoy playing games, even though the financial realities and cynicism that inevitably accompany any profession where money is involved can and will get in the way for a lot of time.

Anyway, I’ll stop being a bit maudlin or philosophical and blaming me for writing this in the middle of a Friday afternoon.

So here you go. If you’re hacking into Shadow of the Erdtree, as half the world seems to be right now, check out our huge range of helpful guides to aid you get started on what’s in Round Table Hold is doing well with Miquella.

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