CD Projekt Red have officially announced a standalone version of Gwent, the popular card mini-game from The Witcher 3. It’s coming to PC and consoles, and it’s going to be free to play. The developers have released a trailer along with the announcement.
If you haven’t played The Witcher 3, here’s the short version: Gwent is a card game in which two players place cards on the table in three different rows, trying to outgun each other over three rounds. Whoever has the most combined strength wins the round. It’s pretty simple, to put it gently, but many people seem to like it. It makes sense that CDP Red would want to try and give it a life of its own.
Here’s what studio co-founder Marcin Iwinski had to say:
I would like to thank all the fans for supercharging us to make standalone GWENT happen. Thousands of e-mails in dozens of languages coming from all around the world, the phone calls, the forum posts, and more than 40 fan made versions – all this, and everything in between, didn’t go unnoticed. We were mysteriously quiet after the launch of The Witcher 3, but during all this time we were hard at work on what we just unveiled today – GWENT: The Witcher Card Game. We’ve taken all that heart and energy you gave us and put it into GWENT.Gwent: The Witcher Card Game is coming to PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One, but there’s no firm release date yet. It’s going to be free to play with microtransactions, hopefully ones similar to those in other popular card games. There will be a closed beta test come September, and you can sign up here if you’d like to take part.