The vast, wonderful world of The Witcher 3 allows for much exploration, from seeking quests and fighting creatures to exploring new in-game locations. The journey, while extremely long, is often rewarding and fulfilling, though there are times when the idea of slowing down and enjoying a lull in action appeals more.

This is where the title’s fast-paced card game Gwent serves as a viable alternative. Easy to pick up but difficult to master, it’s strategic thinking, risk-taking, and fast response at its finest – and its ardent, niche fanbase is now able to enjoy more of that goodness with Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales.

Slated for PC release on October 23, 2018 via GOG.com, the standalone single-player campaign of GWENT: The Witcher Card Game is set to arrive on both PS4 and Xbox at the later date of December 4, 2018. It seeks to bring players on an exciting 30-hour RPG journey through the world of Gwent and The Witcher, which will see a combination of “narrative-driven exploration with unique puzzles and card mechanics”.

A brief synopsis of the game reads:

The game spins a truly regal tale of Meve, a war-veteran queen of two Northern Realms — Lyria and Rivia. Facing an imminent Nilfgaardian invasion, Meve is forced to once again enter the warpath, and set out on a dark journey of destruction and revenge.

In true The Witcher fashion, players get to discover never-before-seen parts of the in-game world as they progress through the campaign, while growing their army to “embark on thought-provoking quests featuring rich, multidimensional characters”.

As it stands, there’s plenty to keep fans of the series busy in the next months or so. The team behind Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales may have deviated from their earlier plans to release it as part of GWENT: The Witcher Card Game last year (2017), but the decision seems to be paying off rather handsomely. With its upcoming Homecoming update, more features will be added into the game as well: apart from a revamp of the game’s visuals to reflect the gritty, dark world of The Witcher, fans can expect a new deck-building experience and card mechanics, alongside a complete redesign of the game board into a three-dimensional, two-row battlefield.

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Quite the neat touch, we think.


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Si Jia

Si Jia is a casual geek at heart – or as casual as someone with Sephiroth’s theme on her Spotify playlist can get. A fan of movies, games, and Japanese culture, Si Jia’s greatest weakness is the Steam Summer Sale. Or any Steam sale, really.