A prequel for ‘The Witcher’ is releasing tomorrow

It's a 'Gwent' spin-off roguelike

CD Projekt RED has announced a Witcher prequel deckbuilding roguelike game, and it’s set to release tomorrow (July 7). 

The game was announced via IGN, and is titled Gwent: Rogue Mage, and will release on PC, iOS, and Android. The standard version of the game will go for around £8.50 ($9.99), while the premium edition will cost around £17 ($19.99), and includes additional in-game skins, cosmetics, as well as card packs.

Gwent Mirror Master trailer
Gwent: Mirror Master trailer. Credit: Gwent official YouTube

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Director Vladimir Tortsov stated that it came from CD Projekt RED “noticing that years after The Witcher 3’s release, there are a significant number of players who want a more PvE experience from Gwent.”

He continues to state that “While Gwent multiplayer is a fantastic game for those who are looking for a great PvP multiplayer experience, we perfectly understand that many Witcher players loved the original mini-game of Gwent for totally different reasons”, and clarifies that with this game “we aim to give this audience a reason to play modern-day Gwent in the format they prefer.”

Players start each run with roughly a dozen cards in their deck, with each deck having a core theme that’s “easy to understand”. There are a total of four decks, with players being able to choose three key cards to build around. Cards can be added to the deck one at a time by exploring the map, while the pool of potential cards can be increased via earning experience and increasing their level.

Witcher Gwent card game
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. Credit: CD Projekt Red

Tortsov estimates it’d take the average player over 30 hours to collect and complete everything in the game. It’s also clarified that while the game has a narrative, the core mechanics took precedence in development. “While we have a story to tell about Alzur’s obsession to create the first witcher, we do not treat this expansion as an official addition to The Witcher lore.”

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