Gwent: The Witcher Card finally concluded its long-running closed beta this weekend, and is now preparing to open its doors to the public next week.
“Public Beta is the next step in the game’s development process, one that we’d be honored to continue alongside everyone who’s been with us thus far,” said development director Benjamin Lee. “It’s also a chance for many new gamers to play Gwent for the first time and we’re looking forward to making the game even better with their help.”
CD Projekt RED will commence with the open beta after taking down the servers for a brief three-day maintenance. Do note that the servers will undergo a complete reset, meaning that players who were part of the closed beta will lose their card collections and any progress made. According to the developer, this is necessary to ensure equal footing for everyone. The open beta will bring in a large amount of newcomers, and it is only logical that they do not feel overwhelmed against opponents from the closed beta.
However, the developer plans to reward players for participating in the earlier tests. Here is what they will receive:
- Every Card Keg Purchased: We will return you the amount of Kegs you bought with real money.
- Card Kegs for Levels: Starting from level 5, you get 2 Kegs every 5 levels.
- Card Kegs for Ranks: 2 Kegs for each rank.
- Season Rewards: Everything gained from your end-season placing.
- Bonus: All items granted as gifts from CD Projekt RED (like the gift premium Geralt card).
“All in all, after everything’s done, you should have enough Kegs to make new great decks!” said the developer. “Once again thank you for playing Gwent and making it better. We really appreciate it.”
The open beta is scheduled to go live on May 24 for Xbox One and PC. The game is also confirmed to release on PlayStation 4, but a date has yet to be announced.
Gwent had a strong closed beta, witnessing the involvement of some of the biggest names in the card-playing esports category. Adrian “Lifecoach” Koy, one of the most recognized professional names in Hearthstone, won the Gwent Challenger Tournament over the weekend. He took home a major share of the $100,000 prize pool, and followed by announcing his departure from G2 Esports.
In February, Lifecoach quit the competitive scene of Hearthstone after stating that he had grown weary of how Blizzard continues to treat the game.