Thronebreaker, the Gwent RPG, Surprise Dropped on Nintendo Switch Today

Thronebreaker, the Gwent RPG, Surprise Dropped on Nintendo Switch Today

They did it, they just gwent and did it.

Though it's received less fanfare than its blockbuster cousin in the Witcher series, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is making a surprise appearance on portable consoles today. The Gwent-style RPG was launched on the Nintendo eShop this morning.

Originally meant to be a single-player experience for the standalone Gwent game, Thronebreaker became its own fully fledged RPG, separate from the free-to-play competitive card game. It still mirrors the mechanics of Gwent, but with clever twists and revisions. There are only two lanes, rather than three, and Thronebreaker has its fair share of "puzzle" encounters and special conditions to keep things spicy.

It also follows the story of Meve, the queen of Lyrica and Rivia, fighting battles in the ongoing invasion of Nilfgaard and making choices. Our initial impressions were that Thronebreaker was a richer single-player experience than you'd expect from a Gwent spinoff, one that stands on its own.

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales now joins its spiritual predecessor of sorts, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, on the Nintendo Switch. Really, if you have a portable Nintendo console, there is a bevy of Gwent you can now play on it. And isn't that the dream?

While the card game makes its way to Switch, CD Projekt Red is currently at work on its next major game, Cyberpunk 2077. The studio recently delayed Cyberpunk for a few months, saying there is "still work to be done" on the game, and it has also admitted that its developers will crunching during that time. "We try to limit crunch as much as possible," CD Projekt joint-CEO Adam Kici?ski says. "But it is the final stage."

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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