The time has come and now Gwent: The Witcher Card Game is officially launching out there on the PC and will be in beta no more. It is hard to think that it has been in this situation for so long, but it looks like CD Projekt RED has found their game to be ready for the free market out there. Even after so many professional Gwent events that have been run while still in its beta form. I will not knock it, but it seems a bit odd in general. I am guessing this is why it is only on the PC side of things and we will need to wait a bit longer for the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game. It could be worse I guess.
In any instance, you can head out now and update your version of Gwent now to the final-ish form of the game and know you are playing what they most intended for. I am sure that there will be a few updates and balancing placed out there in the future as almost all games are in a constant beta stage in general. Given that we are looking to see more of these major events out there in the future, it makes perfect sense to make sure that no one has an obvious advantage in Gwent. It also makes sense so they can keep pumping out new cards and all of that to keep the game going on even longer.
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game — Launch Trailer
CD Projekt RED, creators of The Witcher series of games, announce the official PC launch of Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. The launch is accompanied by a new cinematic trailer for the game, a special in-game offer, as well as the start of a brand new ranked play season.
The official launch follows the release of Homecoming — a massive update returning Gwent to its Witcher roots, as well as incorporating gamer feedback from throughout Gwent’s Public Beta. The update introduces a complete redesign of the game’s visuals, a brand new look for the boards and faction leaders, new gameplay mechanics and a new card type, as well as over 30 new cards and a revamped deck building system.
To celebrate Gwent coming out of Public Beta on PC, everyone who participated will receive a commemorative player title. Additionally, a special Launch Celebration Pack is available to all players for a limited time. Detailed information regarding the pack’s contents are available both in-game, as well as on playgwent.com. Gwent’s launch also marks the start of a new ranked play season, featuring Mahakam-themed rewards.
I will say that it does look like this version of Gwent: The Witcher Card Game has lost a lot of what I was looking forward to in the earlier builds. Outside of the obvious loss of the third "long range" row to place specific cards, it is almost like we all forgot that there was a whole different level of game under it all. I mean, it is a free title now so it makes sense that it would be stripped as I remember the talks of a full campaign that had us going around and completing quests while playing Gwent. It is all on The Witcher 3 to keep that side of it all going I guess. Again, another thing that makes sense in the long run.
For those who have been out of the loop on Gwent as you waited for it to leave the beta form, here is a new video to show you how to play the game. It is more or less the same, just with a few different changes that have been placed out there over the course of it all. Have a look and get ready to dive back into the card game fun that it all offers up.
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game — How To Play
Watch the official guide for Gwent: The Witcher Card Game — a free to play strategy card game!
In Gwent, players from all around the world clash in fast-paced duels that combine bluffing, careful deck constructions and on-the-fly decision making.
Are you fully ready for Gwent: The Witcher Card Game to become its own thing or do you see it always in a beta form for the future? Is it a bit jarring to see how different it is now based on where it was in The Witcher? What aspect of the earlier versions are you sad to see leave this game and do you think it is for the better or worse? Let us all know down in the comments and then feel free to discuss. If there is more to share for Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, you know we will share it all. Just be sure to keep coming back here to see all that it has to offer.