The very first game that John, Austin, and myself saw at E3 was Gwent. We stood around a mock table, rubbing shoulders with professional cosplayers, before being ushered into a smaller room to play the game. For a free-to-play game based on a mini-game inside The Witcher 3, Gwent was pretty impressive. We saw bits of the campaign and were given the chance to swiftly lose in a quick game of multiplayer. Unfortunately, that game is now delayed.
CD Projekt Red originally had Gwent slated for a September release but has pushed that back to October. The closed beta, which you can sign up for, won’t begin until October 25th, which makes me lose some hope we’ll see a full release in the same month. The developer stated “We know we can make a first impression only once, and want to be sure everything is ready before we blast off.”
If that extra month means a better and more stable game, then of course I’m all for it. It’s CD Projekt Red’s first real break from the Witcher franchise, and getting a free-to-play to be entertaining and make money is no easy feat.