Gwent: The Witcher Card Game is getting a pretty dramatic overhaul. CD Projekt Red co-founder Marcin Iwiński announced today that Gwent is not in a place the company wants it to be. But in six months time Gwent will receive Homecoming, an update that will rebalance the game to make it more competitive and closer in theme to The Witcher universe.
The six month long process will culminate with the release of Thronebreaker, the long-awaited single-player campaign portion to Gwent first promised when the game was announced back at E3 2016.
Gwent started off as a playable minigame in The Witcher series, but was spun-off into a full collectible card game. The game has players play unit cards across three different rows compared to other online card games. The style is meant to evoke the feeling of being a commander on a battlefield, and part of the goal is to get the game to better represent that feeling writies Iwiński.
Other planned changes include upgrading the board so that the game's card art can be better viewed. "The redesign will leave no stone unturned. We are even considering cutting one of the rows and leaving only melee and range," writes Iwiński.
The coin mechanic is also being looked into as players have long complained that going second gives players serious advantages. Player progression and a re-focus on core gamers will also be introduced so that new players will have an easier time learning the game while hardcore players will be rewarded appropriately with a new leveling and rank system.
"We want Gwent to kick some serious ass and reignite your passion for our beloved CCG," writes Iwiński. The first update will be in April and introduce the missing Premium Cards and faction specific board skins. Another update in May will balance the game. In six months time, Gwent should be overhauled and ready for more demanding play in esports events.
Lastly Witcher fans will be excited to know that Iwiński and the Gwent team plan to to return Gwent to the dark roots of the Witcher series. We look forward to seeing this in the design changes that are coming to the game's menus and UI. For more on the game check out our own Gwent guide with tutorials and tips.