The standalone Gwent – The Witcher Card Game is easily among my top-5 announcements of E3 2016. CD Projekt Red has secretly been working on the game for the past year and the more I know about the game, the more excited I get.
During Microsoft’s E3 2016 media briefing, the Polish studio confirmed that it completely overhauled the visual fidelity for the standalone game and added the ability to craft your very own cards. However, one of the coolest things about Gwent – The Witcher Card Game is that it will expand on The Witcher lore in its own way.
Contrary to what majority assumed during E3 2016 briefing, the game will not feature a single campaign, but four campaigns based on each deck. Each of these campaigns will take about 10 hours to complete, 2D rendered cut-scenes, animated art-style, and a birds-eye view of The Witcher world. By this calculation, the F2P game will offer over 40 hours of campaign-related content.
During the campaign, characters will comment based on what is happening in a match. While this may not sound much on paper, this basically renders the entire experience more interactive and enjoyable. Gwent – The Witcher Card Game also introduces an entire new UI which may look intimidating at start, but it easy to understand and works really well.
Each card in the game has been rebalanced so that it is not easy for players to use certain exploits and continue their win-streak over and over again. In addition to this, certain cards have been provided with new abilities so it will take some time to familiarize yourself with everything even if you are a veteran Gwent player in The Witcher III: Wild Hunt.
All in all, those who were feeling a little down by the fact that they will not get to experience the amazing world of The Witcher after Blood and Wine expansion, Gwent – The Witcher Card Game is certainly a welcome addition. While it remains to be seen how it will fare against the likes of Hearthstone and The Elder Scrolls: Legends, fans of The Witcher universe should be delighted that it will bring something more than just card battles.
Gwent – The Witcher Card Game remains without a release date. You can head over to the game’s official website in order to sign-up for a closed-beta in September 2016 for Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.