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How to Claim The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for Free on GOG

Let me tell you how you can get The Witcher 3, one of the greatest open world RPGs ever made, totally free for your PC! As a fellow gaming enthusiast, I‘m excited to share this ultimate guide on scoring this acclaimed masterpiece at no cost through GOG.

Get Your Free Copy in 3 Simple Steps

Claiming your free copy of The Witcher 3 on GOG takes just 3 quick steps:

  1. Download and install the GOG Galaxy client
  2. Login or create a GOG account
  3. Claim The Witcher 3 on the GOG Galaxy app

It‘s really that easy. I‘ll explain each step in more detail throughout this guide. But first, let‘s look at why you should take advantage of this giveaway if you haven‘t played The Witcher 3 yet.

Why You Should Absolutely Get This Game

The Witcher 3 is considered by many RPG fans and critics to be one of the greatest games ever made. Here are some key facts that highlight why it‘s a masterpiece worth playing:

  • 93% average critic rating – One of the highest ratings ever for a PC/console game on Metacritic
  • Over 800 awards – Most awarded game of all time from critics & festivals
  • 250+ hours of gameplay – Massive open world with incredible depth and content
  • Mature, dark fantasy – Based on author Andrzej Sapkowski‘s novels; far deeper lore than typical fantasy
  • Your decisions really matter – Complex storyline branches based on your choices
  • Satisfying combat and progression – Deep combat system and RPG elements make leveling up addictive
  • Optimized for PC – GOG version scales to modern PCs with improved graphics and performance
  • Mod support – Thriving mod community adds even more content and tweaks

As a fellow gamer and fantasy fan, I think The Witcher 3 really is a masterclass in open world RPG design and storytelling. And now you can add it to your PC collection forever at no cost, which is incredible value!

Okay, let‘s get into the step-by-step guide on how to claim it.

Step 1: Download GOG Galaxy

GOG Galaxy is GOG‘s desktop app for Windows and Mac. It lets you conveniently browse and access your GOG games library, auto-updates your games, tracks gameplay time, and more.

You can download the GOG Galaxy client from:

I recommend downloading the offline backup installer so you have the file even if the giveaway ends:

GOG Galaxy download

The installer is under 70MB and quick to set up. GOG Galaxy is completely optional, but it makes managing and downloading your GOG games way easier.

Step 2: Create a GOG Account

Once you have GOG Galaxy installed, open it and click "Login" in the top-right. This will open a browser window.

If you already have a GOG account, simply login to it. Otherwise click "Create Account" to set-up a new GOG account. It‘s 100% free and takes seconds.

Step 3: Claim Your Free Game

After logging in, you should see a banner at the top announcing the giveaway. Click "Claim Game" on this banner.

Claim Game

The Witcher 3 will now be added to your GOG library permanently!

Step 4: Pre-Load Your Free Copy

Once claimed, you can now pre-load The Witcher 3 so it‘s ready to play on release day.

Click the "Installed" filter on the left sidebar. Find The Witcher 3 and hit "Install".

This will let you pre-load the ~50GB game files. I recommend doing this as early as possible if you have slow internet.

And that‘s it! The Witcher 3 Complete Edition is now fully yours, DRM-free, once pre-loaded. Time to put on your witcher medallion and start hunting monsters for free!

Next I‘ll go over the must-know details for this giveaway and address some common questions.

GOG Giveaway Details, Tips, and FAQs

Here are some key facts about The Witcher 3 giveaway and tips for new GOG users:

  • It‘s completely free – $0 cost to claim and own it forever.
  • Base game + all DLC – You get the full Game of the Year edition.
  • DRM-free version – No online checks required; play anytime.
  • Yours forever – Never expires; stays in GOG library.
  • ⚠️ One per account – You can‘t claim multiples via alt accounts.
  • Limted time – Claim before giveaway period ends!
  • 💽 50GB download – So pre-load ASAP if your net is slow.
  • 🖥️ Powerful PC recommended – GPU minimum GTX 770 or Radeon R9 290
  • 🎮 Xbox/PlayStation controllers supported – Use your console controller on PC!
  • 😊 Beginner friendly – Designed so newcomers can enjoy the story.
  • 📚 Import saves from Witcher 2 – Carry over your world state from previous games.

Frequently Asked Questions

Let‘s go over some common questions for first-timers:

Do I need to play the previous Witcher games first?

  • Nope! The Witcher 3 is quite beginner friendly. It‘s designed so you can enjoy it even if you‘re new to the series. The story recaps events from past games and introduces all the main characters naturally. But if you do want the full backstory, consider grabbing The Witcher 1-2 also on GOG.

How graphic is the content? Can kids play?

  • This game has plenty of violence, gore, nudity and sexual content. It‘s based on a very adult fantasy book series! The PEGI rating is 18+. So I‘d recommend for mature players only.

Are the GOG and Steam versions different?

  • The GOG version is DRM-free, meaning no online authentication. It‘s the optimal way to play on PC. The Steam version requires being online and connecting to Steam. But you can only get it free on GOG.

Can I mod the game?

  • Absolutely! The Witcher 3 has a thriving PC modding community. The GOG version works great with mods. I recommend top mods like HD Reworked Project, AutoLoot, Lore-Friendly Economy, and Friendly HUD to start.

What specs do I need to run it?

  • You‘ll need a modern gaming PC. Minimum specs are an Intel i5-2500K or AMD FX-8310 CPU, 8GB RAM and an Nvidia GTX 770 4GB or AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB GPU. For 60fps at 1080p, an i7-4790K and GTX 1060 6GB or RX 580 8GB is recommended.

Can I use a controller?

  • Yup! GOG Galaxy has built-in support for Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch Pro and other controllers. Just connect via Bluetooth or USB. The game plays great on controllers.

Let me know in the comments if you have any other questions! I‘m always happy to help fellow gamers.

Enjoy One of the Greatest RPGs of All Time

With this handy guide, you can now claim a free copy of the acclaimed The Witcher 3 Complete Edition on GOG to own forever. It‘s an incredible deal and a must-play RPG.

I hope you have a blast exploring the dark fantasy world, slaying monsters, making difficult choices and unraveling the deep story. With hundreds of hours of content and excellent gameplay, The Witcher 3 is a game you can lose yourself in for months.

So redeem your free copy today before this limited-time giveaway ends! Let me know once you start playing and have fun on the Path, fellow witcher!