Expansive competitive multiplayer based on a massively popular action-RPG franchise, several story-based single player campaigns with choices, consequences and professional voice acting, and all this completely free of charge? Gwent: The Witcher Card Game sounded too good to be true, and actually it is. Well, we’re not saying it isn’t a good game, because we played it just a couple of days ago at T-Mobile Warsaw Games Week and it was a lot of fun. However, the developers from CD Projekt RED we talked to said that the single player campaigns in Gwent: The Witcher Card Game will actually be paid. Only the tutorial and multiplayer are to be free-to-play.
We don’t know yet what the pricing of these campaigns will be, but the devs have stressed that they are putting a lot of effort into that aspect. They want these adventures to be satisfying experiences (one is said to offer 10 hours of gameplay), which is also why they hired the original Witcher 3 voice actors. Apart from the campaigns, players who are willing to spend some coin will be able to buy extra five-card packs (four standard cards and one rare), although these will also be purchaseable for in-game currency.
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game is going to be beta-tested on PC and Xbox One starting October 25 – you can still register for that on the official website. These platforms, plus PlayStation 4, are currently the main focus for the Poland-based studio, but it’s quite possible that the game will also make it to mobile devices one day.