It really says something about a game when a mini game in the game turns into an actual game. That is the case with the card game everyone in The Witcher III: The Wild Hunt plays, Gwent.
The mini game turned out to be so popular that it sparked the developers, CD Projekt RED, to start building and developing a standalone online version of the game. A closed Beta was slated for September, but CDR decided to delay the beta a bit:
[quote] At E3 we announced that we’d launch the Closed Beta of Gwent: The Witcher Card Game in September. Unfortunately, we feel we need some extra time with the game before we hand it off to you for testing. We know we can make a first impression only once, and want to be sure everything is ready before we blast off. Delivering a good game is more important to us than keeping a deadline. Still, that doesn’t mean we don’t realize that delays can be disappointing, and we apologize for making you wait. [/quote]
One thing that can be said about CD Projekt RED, is that they do nothing half-arsed. So if they say they need a bit more time, we will give them a more time. I loved playing Gwent in The Witcher III. I went so far as to even order my own decks of Gwent Cards, (which reminds me… I need to phone Customs).
If you’re interested, you can sign up for the closed beta over here, but it only seems to be for Xbox One and PC at this stage.