Gwent: The Witcher Card Game
Developer/publisher CD Projekt (Red) Format PC, Xbox One Release TBA
For many Witcher III players, Geralt Of Rivia wasn’t really the outdoor type, becoming ever more of a shut-in as he indulged his hidden love of CCGs. Gwent was one of Wild Hunt’s unexpected triumphs, a beautifully presented and dangerously compulsive pastime that gave you a tabletop war to wage. Having received thousands of email requests from fans, CD Projekt Red has elected to turn it into a standalone game. It seems a smart move, but while it passed muster as an aside from adventuring, there are questions over its depth and longevity. The studio is making the right noises, however: it’s keeping the accessible core mechanics and building upon them, while offering crossplatform support and what it calls a “monumental” singleplayer campaign. A beta version launches on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs in September.