STATES CHRONICLE – The internationally popular Polish novel, cinematic, and gaming series, The Witcher, brought Gwent with its third video game installment. Gwent is most commonly known and talked about as the Witcher Card Game and ever since May 2015, the release date of the Witcher III: Wild Hunt, players have been dreaming and asking for a more in-depth version of Gwent.
CD Projekt Red have not yet announced anything officially on any of their respective social media channels but they are not making any efforts in stifling rumors regarding the standalone version of the Witcher Card Game.
The origin of the rumors is based on the information leak that CD Projekt Red has recently (June 6th 2016) filed the trademark for Gwent The Witcher Card Game with European Union Intellectual Property Office. The unofficial leak also stated that the filing was set to be a card game, a video game, as well as an online service. The logo for the new standalone game seems to have also been registered along with the title.
The popularity of card games among the video game genre has of course increased in recent years, due to the launch in video game format of the popular physical card game Magic: the Gathering from Wizards of the Coast as well Blizzard’s HearthStone, the re-making and rebranding of their own World of WarCraft Trading Card Game.
As part of the Witcher III: Wild Hunt, a match of Gwent was against other players (and not against PvE-inclined scenarios) and also was played using a pre-made deck. Outside of matches, card collection was also necessary in order to ensure victory. The mini-game’s ruleset proved to be dynamic, easy to learn, very fun.
All of these elements made the Witcher Card Game an addictive experience and many players requested via social media such as Facebook and Twitter for CD Projekt Red to add more cards through additional DLCs. The optimistic few hoped CD Projekt Red would listen. Even fewer dared to dream of an official standalone card game, like HearthStone is from World of WarCraft. And even though nothing is official as of yet, it would seem that CD Projekt Red is going to deliver and make those dreams a reality.
What is official, however, is that in late April to early May, the company mentioned in its annual report that they were currently engaged in “a new type of video game previously unexplored by the studio”. While the unofficial leak and official statement may not be linked, as Cyberpunk 2077 is also in the works, one can only hope.
Will the Gwent eclipse the Witcher series? Could it blow its popular rivals out of the water or at least make enough ripples to get them worried? Are you excited for a Witcher Card Game or do you see this as CD Projekt Red trying to stay mainstream and commercial with its products? Please let us know in the comments section.
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