Gwent: The Witcher card game was released in beta back in 2016 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Since then, the game has moved from closed beta to open beta, but has not yet formally released. Now, it seems that CD Projekt Red is planning to undertake a new project; a major Gwent overhaul entitled “Homecoming”.
In an open letter published on the Gwent website, Marcin Iwiński, co-founder of parent company CD Projekt, addressed the future of the card game. According to Iwiński, the planned Homecoming overhaul will require 6 months of development. The company will apparently release two updates for Gwent during that time. One will release in April, while the second will release in May. The April update will add missing Premium Cards and introduce faction-specific board skins. The May update, on the other hand, will be focused on balancing the game.
Homecoming & Its Features
Iwiński states that the launch of Homecoming will also be when the game finally comes out of beta. The overhaul is planned to implement an array of sweeping changes to Gwent. Some will restructure the way that buffs apply when cards are in rows, while others are planned to overhaul the entire visual layout. Iwiński also mentions fixing the coin mechanic and adding elements to aid new players; a tutorial, achievements, plus a new leveling system and ranked mode. The co-founder also mentions revamping the game’s visuals and menus to channel more of the dark aesthetic present in other Witcher games.
Finally, Iwiński mentions “Thronebreaker,” Gwent’s long-awaited single player campaign. According to the CD Projekt co-founder, Thronebreaker will launch shortly after Homecoming, as the game at last leaves beta. Fans of Gwent: The Witcher Card Game certainly seem to have a lot to look forward to. While six months is a long time, the planned changes certainly look to be worth the wait.