How About A Round Of Gwent? But Not Til October

The breakout star of The Witcher 3 was in-world card game Gwent [official site], which proved so beloved that a full, free-to-play standalone spin-off was greenlit. It includes, of course, the all-important multiplayer mode, which The Witcher 3’s strictly vs AI version lacked. Our Adam declared nu-Gwent to be “one of the best games at E3” when he had a fiddle with an early build back in June, and I do trust that boy’s taste (I’m only saying that because he’s away at the moment so won’t read this). CD Projekt planned to release a beta next month, but sadly it’s slipped.

The due date is now 25th October, and the reason given is simple embettering. Say CDP: “Unfortunately, we feel we need some extra time with the game before we hand it off to you for testing. We know we can make a first impression only once, and want to be sure everything is ready before we blast off.

“Delivering a good game is more important to us than keeping a deadline. Still, that doesn’t mean we don’t realise that delays can be disappointing, and we apologise for making you wait.”

Not a huge wait, and hey, perhaps playing Gwent in chilly October as opposed to warm September will feel only more appropriate. Drag your laptop to a wood-panelled pub with an open fire and get into spirit of things.

You can sign up for Gwent’s beta now.


  1. Meat Circus says:

    It’s great, but it’s not a traditional deck builder in the Hearthstonte/MtG mould. It’s much more of a poker-esque game. Which means I have no idea how they plan to monetise it.

  2. Lakshmi says:

    When playing I’d joke the Witcher 3 was wraparound story for Gwent, so I do want this to be fun. I’m never keen on microtransactions though.

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      phuzz says:

      I only started playing the Witcher 3 last month, and i suddenly realised all the jokes about Gwent being the main game were based on something.
      I think for every hour I put into W3, about twenty minutes are spent playing Gwent.

  3. theslap says:

    Am I the only one who didn’t like Gwent?