Dice Poker has always been featured in both the previous Witcher installments as a mini-game for players. With The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, however, that mini-game has been replaced with a card game called Gwent.
According to Lead Writer Marcin Blacha, this was due to time constraints. Posting on the official forums, he revealed that at one time CD Projekt RED wanted both Dice Poker and Gwent to be in the game. However, the idea was discarded later for production reasons.
Dice Poker was also ultimately scrapped, because it would have to be recreated from scratch for technical reasons. Faced with time constraints, the developer decided to let it slide and introduce Gwent in its place.
Blacha further added that CD Projekt RED is well aware how the missing Dice Poker will leave many disappointed fans. However, as with the many new features of the game, the new Gwent mini-game is also something that the developers are certain players will enjoy.
As for whether Dice Poker can return as part of a DLC, Blacha said it’s very unlikely.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is going to release on May 18 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It is confirmed to be running at 30 frames-per-second on consoles. However, on the PlayStation 4 it will be at 1080p native resolution, with 900p on the Xbox One.