CD Project Red has announced that next week will be the last week Gwent: The Witcher Card Game is updated on consoles, and that it will end service sometime next year.
Why is this happening? According to a blog post that CD Project Red wrote, Gwent has just launched on iOS and will be coming to Android soon, and this means the game has a lot of platforms that need keeping up with. Simply, it has gotten so big that maintaining the less popular PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions simply isn't viable anymore. So they're making the decision to shut those versions of the game down and allow players to move their progress elsewhere.
Like many shutdowns, this will take place in multiple phases. The first happens on December 9th, when the final update will hit the game. At this point, Gwent will receive no further updates. It will also end cross-platform support, as the console version will not be at the same update level as the other games. Real money purchases will no longer be offered as well.
At this point, players are given the option to transfer their progress from console to another platform. CD Project Red will allow players to transfer their ornaments, currencies, cards, decklists, account level, thronebreaker rewards, rank, and contracts from any version of the game to GOG. Only Xbox users can transfer over meteorite powder, as the transfer is not possible on PlayStation 4 versions for unspecified reasons.
After this, you can keep playing Gwent on consoles until the servers shut down on August 6th, 2020. You have until August 9th, 2020, to transfer over your progress to the other versions.
How do you feel about this? Going to get in a few more rounds of Gwent before you can't? Worried that Geralt will lose his favorite game? Let us know in the comments below!