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Gwent: The Witcher Card Game Public Beta Out Now on PS4

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Gwent: The Witcher Card Game Public Beta Out Now on PS4

How about a round of Gwent? Pull up a chair for the public beta, now live on PS4.

Hey there PlayStation.Blog readers! My name is Michał “Luigi” Dobrowolski, and I’m a Senior Game Designer at CD Projekt Red. For more than a year now we’ve been working on our latest title, which I’m here to tell you more about here today.

Gwent started out as a mini-game in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. During your adventure, characters you met along the road would sometimes invite or challenge you to play a friendly game of cards. But what was meant to be a fun addition to the story-driven open-world RPG unexpectedly became the main objective for many players. Following the release of Wild Hunt, we received hundreds of messages from fans asking us to create a standalone, multiplayer version of Gwent so they could play with friends. Some even made their own physical cards and boards. Seeing how passionate people are about Gwent, we decided to answer the call.

Long story short, we started working on a fully-realized competitive card game called Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. It’s been a long road and lots of hard work, but we’re finally in Public Beta today, and with that the game is now available on PlayStation 4.

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The basic concept of Gwent is simple. After creating an army consisting of characters, spells and other elements from The Witcher series of games, players from around the world clash in fast-paced duels against each other. Every match is a three-round affair that starts with you and your opponent drawing 10 cards from your decks. Each of you then play one card per turn onto a board divided into three rows: melee, ranged, or siege. To take home the game, you need to win two out of three rounds and to do that, you need to gather more points than your opponent does in each one. It’s everything that made the original Gwent feel fun and fresh, cranked up to 11 with the addition of multiplayer, ranked mode, new cards and abilities, and a complete visual overhaul.

There are five playable factions to choose from: the mighty Northern Realms, proud and fearless Skellige, brutal Monsters, shadowy Scoia’tael and the cunning Nilfgaardian Empire. Each one feels and plays differently, and can employ a number of varied strategies based on the abilities available to them. For example, one of the ways to play Monsters focuses on them consuming their own units and gaining their power as a result. With Nilfgaard, you could create a strategy that relies on revealing enemy cards and controlling the battlefield using that knowledge. If you want to know more, we’ve prepared a set of videos describing playstyles of the different factions available in Gwent. You can check them out on the official YouTube channel of the game.

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Because a match plays across three rounds, choosing to forfeit a round is a viable strategy to gain an advantage for the next one. There’s no mana or other resources limiting what cards you can play when, so if you want to start the match by playing your strongest one, you’re free to do so. The one resource you have to keep in mind are the cards themselves, as you’re only guaranteed a limited number of additional cards each round. Having the ability to play units across three rows instead of one opens up a number of tactical options, too — for example, using the ability of the Geralt: Aard card to push a row of enemy units into one that’s consumed by a weather effect will cause the opponent to lose a lot of points. All of this makes Gwent a different kind of card game, where winning is based more on skill, strategy and quick thinking rather than blind luck.

Something that was very important for us as a studio when working on Gwent was to make the cards the true heroes of the game. As a studio that loves to tell compelling stories and create beautiful visuals, each card was designed by our talented art team to be a miniature work of art and tell its own unique story. Every card has its own animated version, bringing each artwork to life. Whether it’s Geralt fighting a horde of nightmarish monsters, or King Foltest watching over his troops as they prepare for battle, these are actual animations, not just effects put on top of a 2D image.

We’ve got a lot more planned for Gwent in the future, with one of the most exciting things we’re working on being single player campaigns. These won’t be simple challenges or opportunities to play cards, but brand new adventures set in the world of The Witcher, created by the same people who made The Witcher 3. Starring both new and returning characters from the The Witcher universe, each one will offer hours of story-driven content full of choice and consequence fans have come to love about our games.

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So, how about a round of Gwent? You can download the game right now from PlayStation Store for free. And if you’d like to give your PlayStation 4 some Gwent treatment, there’s a free theme and a set of profile avatars available, too!

We hope you’ll enjoy playing The Witcher Card Game and please do let us know what you think in the comments here, or on Gwent’s official forums, Facebook, and Twitter. See you in the game!

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15 Comments

  • Senjutsu_Dav

    Niiiiiiiiice!! Would be awesome on mobile phones as well! ^_^

  • ”i want to play a card game, ill buy a ps4” said no one ever.

    • I love digital card games. I hope to see many more on PS4. Also, bring on the digital board games while we’re at it. More options, more variety makes for a better more well rounded gaming platform.

    • veryhoudini11

      Are you slow? Nobody claimed this game would push console sales… But plenty of people who own a ps4 would love this game. Most of my friends who played Witcher 3 loved the card game. You clearly haven’t played the Witcher 3 too, which is a shame..

  • How about more news on Cyberpunk 2077?
    A Witcher card game? Come on…your brand new IP is way more exciting CD Projekt!
    The possibilities look endless with Cyberpunk!

    • Maybe wait until E3?

    • veryhoudini11

      This is obviously not the appropriate time or place to reveal anything new about that game… Talking about the open beta of Gwent makes way more sense.

  • Maybe so but I really wanna play THIS card game, I’m so happy I bought a PS4 says I hahaha

  • I absolutely loved Gwent. Like 15-20 hours of 100hour gameplay I spend playing gwent. Addicting game

  • Until when beta will be open?

  • …So “PC” users get “The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings” for participating in the close beta of “Gwent: The Witcher Card Game” while “PS4” players (or users) only get avatars & a theme? Lol

  • I want to start downloading, but the Playstation Store website appears to be malfunctioning.

  • TheQuietGardener

    The ability to invite friends is an absolute must. Please make sure this feature is added before release of the final version. Are you listening CDPR?

  • I’m not one to play card games in video games they’re boredom at its finest,like them in real life though but Gwent…ha Gwent is a whole another story.Gwent is one of the culprits for making Witcher 3 so damn amazing…I simply loved Gwent and couldn’t get enough of it.Honestly was sad when I had already played everyone on the world and had every card minus the 3 I missed.

    Gotta say I had high hopes for this Gwent focused game but I tried the beta and was super disappointed…the UI is ugly and feels outta place,those weird things added to the gameplay ruins everything.Liked them talking and the cards moving that was a great addition but this ain’t Gwent at all…should’ve called another name.Will stay with ma good old Witcher 3’s Gwent.

  • Hi,

    I couldn’t find the game in Playstation Store. Can you advise if the game has in Asia store?

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