CD Projekt RED has announced that their new standalone RPG-with-Gwent Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales will be released on October 23, along with the overhaul for Gwent: The Witcher Card Game known as Gwent: Homecoming. Originally a single-player expansion for Gwent, it was supposed to release toward the end of 2017. Gwent and its community went through many changes since then, and while Gwent will still be a part of Thronebreaker, it seems to follow in the tradition of classic turn-based strategy games such as Heroes of Might and Magic, with narrative-driven exploration and unique puzzles. It tells the tale of Meve, a war-veteran queen of the Northern Realms of Lyria and Rivia as she faces an imminent Nilfgaardian invasion. She sets out on the warpath in a dark journey of destruction and revenge.
Along with the Thronebreaker announcement, they have released another video following the Homecoming first look. This time community manager Pawel Burza had Animation Lead Bradley Auty over to talk about the character animation of two leaders of the Scoia'tael faction. The process of leader design begins with concept art, which is shown in the video as well, and goes through motion capture until it is wrapped up in its final form. Leaders will oversee the board in a way that they didn't in the beta version of Gwent, where the leader cards and player avatars were entirely separate. In the new version of Gwent, leaders will have their own taunts and unique animations, as well as skins and other kinds of player customization.
Once again, however, gameplay was very limited in this video, as it was in the first video. While some cards were shown with new abilities and stats, there is still much that remains nebulous about how Gwent will play like after the final version is released. It seems that not all of the current card pool will be released in the final version but instead saved for future updates, though this hasn't been confirmed.
Both the final version of Gwent and Thronebreaker will launch on October 23 for PC exclusively on GOG, while the console versions will require more time for certification, and are due to release on December 4.
What do you think of the new Gwent so far? Will it be possible for CD Projekt RED to overhaul the game so completely and still satisfy the demands of the community? Are you looking forward to a new single-player game set in the Witcher univese? Let us know in the comments below.