A Clash of Silver and Steel with Gwent: The Witcher Card Game
Sharpen your steel and polish your silver because a familiar title—with a unique twist—is slated for release. Gamers, get ready to slay monstrosities as you say hello to Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. Brought to us by the geniuses at CD Projekt Red, this card game version of The Witcher is set to be released on October 23rd for PC and on December 4th on PS4 and Xbox One.
Let’s take a closer look at the title, whose release, is already causing quite a bit of a commotion in the gaming world.
What’s up with Gwent?
Gwent is the free-to-play card game version of the much-loved RPG title, The Witcher. Think of it this way: Gwent is to The Witcher whatHearthstone is to Warcraft. It does away with the choices and consequences aspect of gameplay as well as intricately mature storylines. However, it does retain the grim & gritty mood that has characterized the Witcher universe since the onset. It’s a game that’s meant to give fans of the Witcher franchise a platform to compete against one another in an altogether different playing field.
Before you misconstrue, the total strategy is the name of this game. You can’t just employ blockheaded attack tactics against your enemies and expect to earn a W. Also, while it is free-to-play, there are still micro-transactions that give the game a certain edginess. You have to option to purchase starter packs via the in-game marketplace to increase the likelihood of gaining a good hand to deal your opponents a quick blow. Make no mistake about it. Though they do increase the odds of your victory, you don’t necessarily need to splurge on starter packs. Let’s face it; a really good player can make do with a random hand and scheme his or her way to victory.
How different is this game from the main Witcher games?
Very different. Don’t expect to be taken on a vicarious ride as there’s no storyline here. What you’ll get is a full-on battle-galore experience. CD Projekt Red’s games have always been famous among gamers for their irresistible choices and consequences features and lush storylines. This time around, it’s heavy on the outwitting your opponent because Gwent, at its core, is all about strategy.
For those who want to indulge in this card game but aren’t too keen about the idea of playing against other players, there’s good news. A single-player campaign mode Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is coming up shortly as a free expansion. The lush storytelling that CD Projekt Red is famous for will also be featured here. While we still don’t know how its story fits into Witcher’s timeline, we’re willing to bet that it perfectly ties in.
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Should I be excited?
Of course! This virtual card game version gives hardcore Witcher fans a welcome break from the main game. Not that the main game itself is anything to get bored with, mind you. Still, being a separate title gives it a solid fanbase to work with while still offering the freshness of a new game mechanic. In fact, CD Projekt Red has gone to great lengths to promote Gwent in the e-sports scene. As such, fans will get to see and play the Witcher in a different light. Very clever, CD Projekt Red.Very clever indeed.
Without bias, we can honestly say that Gwent is an absolutely badass card game. In life, you’re taught to make do with the hand that you’re dealt with. Players will have familiarity and the excitement brought about by new gameplay dynamics. The Witcher franchise has been long-regarded as one of the best RPGs ever released. With the release of Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, longtime fans will get to enjoy the Witcher as they’ve never done so before.
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