Hidden within its dozens of hours of engaging content full of amazing stories and wonderful characters, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt also houses a surprisingly deep card game. When Geralt isn’t out slaying monsters or looking for Ciri he was touring taverns in search of worthy Gwent opponents.
This addictive card game proved a brilliant surprise, so much so that it was has spawned its very own spinoff in the form of Gwent: The Witcher Card Game.
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game at a glance
Release date: TBC 2017
Platform: PS4, Xbox One and PC
Developer: CD Projekt Red
Genre: Card-based strategy
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What is Gwent: The Witcher Card Game?
Gwent is a free-to-play card game developed by CD Projekt Red for PS4, Xbox One and PC. It’s essentially a standalone adaptation of the version you played in The Witcher 3 with all new factions, modes and a multiplayer component. According to the developer, the project was inspired by thousands of emails, forum posts and over 40 fan-made versions; all culminating in the official rendition of Gwent coming our way in 2017.
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Gwent: The Witcher Card Game release date – When is it coming out?
The closed beta begun on October 25, 2016, with CD Projekt Red yet to confirm a date for the full release.
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game gameplay – How does it play?
Gwent will include five unique factions each with their own individual cards, strengths and weaknesses:
- Cunning Northern Realms
- The Proud Skellige
- Shadowy Scoia’tael
- Brutal Monsters
Players will have the opportunity to formulate a deck for their chosen side, opting for whatever playstyle suits alongside their favourite aesthetic. Gwent will also feature a robust card-crafting mechanic allowing you to create your own, so long as you possess the right components, that is.
The core package of Gwent: The Witcher Card Game will be a free-to-play affair, with a solo campaign being released in the form of episodes. Developed by the same minds behind Geralt’s gripping story, Gwent will thrust us into a world we can explore with new characters and locations drenched in gothic fantasy.
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Upon starting the game you can choose from three different modes – Story, Ranked and Friendly – all of these will follow the same basic gameplay formula, albeit with vastly different story beats and rewards. Do you have a goofy skirmish with friends or fight through the online competition in search of victory? The choice is up to you, and Gwent seems engineered in such a way to entice both hardcore and casual players.
The board in Gwent is split into several areas that accommodate melee, ranged and siege units. Each card has a unique combat value and specific special abilities that will need to be used timely and strategically against your opponent. The aim is earn a higher score than your enemy without completely losing your hand. Higher totals can be achieved by stringing together cards in a series of clever, unpredictable combos.
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Gwent trailers – How does it look?
If you’ve played any Gwent in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt you may have some idea of what expect. If not, we’ve compiled some of the best trailers of Gwent: The Witcher Card Game below:
Closed beta gameplay trailer
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