CD Projekt RED’s Co-Founder Marcin Iwinski has published an open letter to thank “a very special group of people” who convinced the polish developer to work on a standalone Gwent game.
Announced at E3 2016 earlier this month, Gwent: The Witcher Card Game was never listed on the developer’s list of things-to-do. However, a bunch of fans were persistent to convince the studio otherwise. A “flood of emails, calls, forum posts, and every else” had a great effect on CD Projekt RED to start working on a standalone version. Iwinski noted that there were over 40 fan-made versions of Gwent, with some going out of the way to create physical decks.
The “positive madness” was not going to go unanswered. Gwent: The Witcher Card Game has not been just cut-out from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Rather, the developer has enhanced the experience, including improved visuals, better mechanics, bigger decks, and small animation sequences for all special cards.
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game is going to enter a closed beta in September and will arrive first on Xbox One and PC. A beta for PlayStation 4 will “join the battlefield a bit later”, but as of now a concrete date has not been mentioned. Registrations are currently open and interested individuals can sign themselves up by heading here. It’s advised to sign up quickly, as the developer has not mentioned just how many entries they will be entertaining.
Iwinski noted that the team is going to be waiting in on precious feedback from the community, and encouraged everyone to tell CD Projekt RED about what changes they would like to see in the game. “You wanted us to make the game, now we’re kindly asking you to help us make it truly yours,” he stated.