Gwent: Rogue Mage has just been announced as a standalone expansion to Gwent for PC, iOS, and Android. It will cost $9.99 for the standard version and $19.99 for the premium version, which comes with in-game skins, cosmetics, and card packs for the multiplayer game. It's also releasing tomorrow, which is an interesting way of announcing a new game. This announcement comes on the heels of the very good Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales back in 2018 and the Project: Golden Nekker announcement for this game back in January.
"Rogue Mage came out of us noticing that years after The Witcher 3's release, there are a significant number of players who want a more PvE experience from Gwent," said game director Vladimir Tortsov to IGN.
"While Gwent multiplayer is a fantastic game for those who are looking for a great PvP multiplayer experience, we perfectly understand that many Witcher players loved the original mini-game of Gwent for totally different reasons. With Rogue Mage we aim to give this audience a reason to play modern-day Gwent in the format they prefer."
Like the original Gwent, players will use Witcher characters such as Dandelion, Yennefer, and Zoltan, but the cards used will come from the multiplayer version of Gwent. While this may come off as daunting, the card will be "presented in simpler packages", so newcomers shouldn't be too overwhelmed. Players will start with a dozen cards in their deck, with more cards added one at a time as the map is explored. It will apparently take 30 hours to collect and do everything in the game, so it'll be interesting to see how long it takes speedrunners players to do a 100% run.
The roguelike mechanics mean that players will progress their own way before being beaten up by a boss or something less dramatic. Players will also be able to alter their game through difficulty modifiers to make it as difficult or chill as they want their Gwent: Rogue Mage experience to be.
The game takes place hundreds of years before Geralt was born, with players taking the shoes of the mage Alzur as he tries to create the first witcher. The map is procedurally generated, and players can expect the same moral dilemmas found in The Witcher series to be included here.
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