Gwent: The Witcher Card Game Public Beta Begins on PS4, Xbox One & PC

The Public Beta for Gwent: The Witcher Card Game is now live on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, CD Projekt Red has announced. The above cinematic trailer features a game between Geralt and Ciri, while the below gameplay trailer explains how Gwent works.

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game Public Beta is a 2.6GB download from the PlayStation Store (US, UK) and carries this description:

GWENT IS FREE TO PLAY NOW! From the home of The Witcher, developer CD PROJEKT RED, comes a different type of collectible card game. Based on skill rather than luck, GWENT gives you command of highly customizable armies, and encourages use of strategy and deception to defeat opponents.

Sling powerful unit & spell cards, and summon heroes with game-changing abilities — on GWENT’s battlefields, clever tricks used to deceive other players are always a viable tactic.

Played in a best of three format, GWENT is fast, fun and fresh — and now you can play it with friends.

A PlayStation Plus membership isn’t required for Gwent, but you will need an internet connection.

There’s also three Gwent avatars and a PS4 theme available for free from the PlayStation Store.

CD Projekt Red Co-Founder Marcin Iwiński said:

Public Beta is an important step towards GWENT’s final release. We’re opening the gates to everyone who wanted to play, but didn’t make it into the Closed Beta, and — at the same time — 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.

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!

According to the official FAQ, no further account progress wipes are planned, but since Gwent is still in the beta stage of development, “wipes are technically still possible. If we need to reset your beta progress, we will inform about that in advance.”

As Senior Game Designer Michał Dobrowolski explains, lengthy single-player campaigns are in the works for Gwent:

We’ve got a lot more planned for Gwent in the future, with one of the most exciting things we’re working on being single player campaigns. These won’t be simple challenges or opportunities to play cards, but brand new adventures set in the world of The Witcher, created by the same people who made The Witcher 3. Starring both new and returning characters from the The Witcher universe, each one will offer hours of story-driven content full of choice and consequence fans have come to love about our games.

Will you be playing Gwent today?

[Source: Play Gwent, PlayStation Blog]