The Witcher card game Gwent enters open beta

    
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There seems to be a very rabid, very enthusiastic community that’s developed around CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher (particularly its third installment), to the point where it might be making BioWare a little nervous. And if you have a hit IP franchise with its own TV series on the way, why not make a few extra bucks by developing a spin-off? Perhaps a digital card game, hm?

Possibly taking a cue from how Hearthstone drew off of World of Warcraft, Gwent is a card game set in the world of The Witcher. The card game just went into public beta on PC and console earlier this week, offering players a chance to see what makes this game different from its competition.

One interesting upcoming feature is that Gwent will feature a rich story mode: “Brought to you by the creators of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the single player campaign of Gwent thrusts players into an event-rich world they can roam freely. To be released in episodes, the story unfolding in the campaign will feature the choice and consequence mechanic the Witcher games are known for.”

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agemyth 😩

My time in the closed beta and the current open beta has me reinterested in an online card game for the first time since around the second Hearthstone expansion.

It is sooo much more based on mind games than my experiences with other games people might lump in with the genre.

Somebody make MJ play this on OPTV.

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James

The GWENT spin off has long been known, developed and in Beta, Since before the “latest” live action Witcher TV project was announced.

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agemyth 😩

If we’re being picky, I will also add that the Witcher Netflix project is unaffiliated with CDProjekt’s games. They both presumably have different contracts to make their kind of thing based on, but not beholden to, the novels by Andrzej Sapkowski.

I don’t think the author of the article meant to imply that this was coming out of nowhere and somehow a reaction or collaborative marketing push with the Netflix announcement.

General info: Gwent was a really fun and novel minigame in The Witcher 3 and was intended to just be that. Supposedly, CDProjekt was just being inundated with emails and other requests for a standalone Gwent game, so they made it happen.

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James

To me the article read as if it was “new” and a result of the other stuff going on around but that was just my interpretation of it. I’m sure it was not the intention though.

It wasn’t until half way through my first play through that I actually even tried the Gwent in-game, needless to say on the newgame+ It became a staple of many hours played hah

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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nobleeinherjar

Gwent was one of my favorite aspects of Witcher 3. I’m definitely going to play the stand-alone version.

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Pepperzine

Wasn’t a fan of gwent, but this gives me hope maybe we will get an online Crimson VS some day (the card game from dot hack GU)

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Norlamin

Bioware should be nervous, if they continue to take part in the RPG market going forward they’re going to HAVE to step their game up.

If Andromeda was their best offer, it’s sad to say that Bioware is a shell of its former self and companies like CD will continue to be a bastion of light for RPG gamers.

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hurbster

After playing Andromeda I think Bioware should be worried.

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bobfish

How does this compare to the Elder Scrolls card game?

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Zulika Mi-Nam

I think they both have a few good twists that make them interesting to play, but Gwent seems more different than the standard “Hearthstone-like” CCGs.

I find it interesting that while Bethesda (who own quite a few studios) farmed their development out to an outside studio, Dire Wolf (who simultaneously put their own card game out there – Eternal), CDPR took on their card game themselves.

I would think CDPR would be able to adapt to the playerbase more swiftly and are more invested in the game’s success. Elder Scrolls Legends appears a little more of a cash-in on a good IP to me.

I am not a big card game player, but I have dabbled in quite a few. I actually like the PVE part of CCGs better because I hate waiting for the other person to end their turn – yep just that impatient, one of my many faults.

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agemyth 😩

Elder Scrolls Legends is a cash grab reaction to the success of Hearthstone. Mechanically, it is a lot like Hearthstone and other simplified MTG inspired games. Legends isn’t bad, but it didn’t stand out enough to me after having burned out on Hearthstone.

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MeltWithYou

This’ll bide my time while I continue to impatiently wait for Cyberpunk 2077…oh I want them to take their time and knock it out of the park, but still

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Nathan Aldana

Biggest con for me so far, is the starter decks vary in power wildly and you;re basically forced to netdeck to have a chance of winning with certain factions.

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Nordavind

The first thing I do in any card game is delete all the starter decks. I’ve played all the challenges and have enough heroes and cards to make several viable decks.

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Nathan Aldana

yeah, well, I uisually run a starter deck till i feel confident I have enough card pool to experiment. so its largely been a lot of losses where I never felt like I had a chance because of my steadfast refusal to play a different faction than scoiatel