Witcher Dev CDPR Unveils Standalone Gwent Roguelike Expansion

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One of my favorite things to do in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt hunted card sharks to crush under my heel. Gwent, a fantasy card game in the world of The Witcher 3, was so satisfying that I would fire up the action RPG to play a few rounds of it. I was thrilled when CD Projekt Red released a special . released Gwent game, although I wasn’t a big fan of the rule changes or the heavier focus on PvP. It turns out a lot of other players weren’t either. announced today, Gwent: Rogue Mage is a new roguelike aimed at solving both problems, and it’s coming out tomorrow for PC, iOS, and Android.

CDPR told IGN they wanted to give Rogue Magetechnically a standalone single player expansion for Gwenta PvE focus as you return to the witcher 3 version of the card game. Players start with 12 cards and add more as they explore the procedurally generated card. With each run, players gain experience, which allows them to get stronger cards on their next try. The game uses the story of Alzur, a magician who works to create the very first Witcher, as its narrative framework, but the developers did not design the game with a focus on plot and lore.

“We hope players get enough immersion [from the narrative] complementing the gameplay-first formula, but we don’t expect the story to be the main reason for players to appreciate this release,” said game director Vladimir Tortsov. This gameplay-first approach is also reflected in the expansion’s themed decks, which revolve around certain Gwent mechanics, such as boosting other cards.

As someone who would absolutely read knowledge of a Witcher card game, I think it’s a mistake to water down the story. The Gwent Tournament in witcher 3 was more interesting because of the story involved. But since Tortsov estimates it will take players 30 hours to fully experience it all Rogue Mage has to offer, I am hopeful for future expansions or sequels. The game is completely offline and does not require an internet connection, unlike its F2P predecessor.

Gwent: Rogue Mage will be priced at $10, with a premium version available for $20.

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