The Public Beta for GWENT: The Witcher Card Game begins this week for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. It can be found on for PC. Since it’s powered by GOG Galaxy (GOG’s optional Steam-like client), PC players can play with Xbox One and PS4 players.

“Public Beta is an important step towards GWENT’s final release,” said Marcin Iwiński, co-founder of CD PROJEKT RED. “We’re introducing some pretty significant content and gameplay changes like adding animated versions of cards for every card in the game, new starter decks, or how weather cards work,” Iwiński adds. “I’m extra curious how all of the community feedback we’ve incorporated will resonate with both current players and those who’re just starting. Please keep the feedback coming, we’re listening!”

GWENT: The Witcher Card Game is a full spin-off of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s popular GWENT mini-game. It’s a digital card game (think Hearthstone) that relies on matching, combos, and bluffing rather than directly attacking your opponent.

Five different factions from The Witcher lore are available, each with unique cards and playstyles. The sea-faring Skellige can bring cards back from the dead. The knights of the Northern Realms can boost their troops. The rebellious elves of the Scoia’tael lay traps and ambushes. The empire of Nilfgaard can play spies on the enemy’s side.  The Monsters of the world make up the final faction. They’re capable of quickly breeding new units.

In addition to online and ranked multiplayer, a story-driven single player campaign will also be available. You can explore the world in an isometric view in a campaign created by the same Witcher 3 team. The campaign will arrive when GWENT comes out of the Public Beta.

If you’re dropping by GOG this weekend, check out the Role-Playing Week sale. It features 50% discounts on some of my favorite games of the last few years, like Pillars of Eternity, Legend of Grimrock, the Shadowrun games, and of course, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.


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