It’s not often that a mini-game inside your game is so good that it gets its own standalone version and then a single-player campaign based on that standalone version goes standalone as well because it’s so large. Gwent has been a free-to-play card game for a while now and for the longest time we were teased that there will be narrative-based story quests added to the game, but it has been quiet ever since. We did get a tease of something called Thronebreaker that would be coming to Gwent, but nothing else since then.
Now it turns out that Thronebreaker was so large that CD Projekt Red decided to release it as its own separate experience called Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales. Some resourceful redditors gathered all the information from a CD Projekt Red financial stream that happened. The studio didn’t really want to talk about this experience and instead wanted to predictably focus on Cyberpunk 2077, but they did give out some valuable information about this standalone game.
It will be an RPG much in the same vein as The Witcher 3 with narrative choices but will have a Gwent flavour. It isn’t tied to the free-to-play Gwent game but you’ll be able to link your account if you choose. There will be 30 hours of story to experience and it will obviously focus on stories of the Witcher world, of which there are many. Nothing else was really talked about, but I believe it will be shown off in full at a later date when Cyberpunk 2077 isn’t grabbing all the headlines.
Yes to more Witcher games and always yes to a game of Gwent. It’s great that the single-player portion of the card game will be made its own separate thing and knowing this studio it will probably be something special. No release date has been given, but it was stated that “production is going well”.