Gwent: The Witcher Card Game is an upcoming free-to-play collectible card game game being developed by CD Projekt RED for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game was announced in June 2016, at Microsoft’s E3 Xbox briefing. The game will feature cross-platform play between the Windows and Xbox One versions. A closed beta is scheduled to begin in September 2016 on Windows and Xbox One.
Damien Monnier originally designed Gwent in secret. The competitive card game has long been a part of The Witcher’s fiction — the RPG franchise is based on a series of Polish fantasy novels — and Monnier wanted to create a version of the game that would be playable as a side activity in the sprawling Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The problem was that he was already busy making the third installment of the video game.
So he created a prototype in his spare time, and then brought it to the CD Projekt Red office to show his colleagues. If someone enjoyed the game after playing a match, Monnier would try to recruit them to join his after-hours Gwent-making team; eventually the group included concept artists, marketing designers, and even a producer to keep everything running smoothly. “At some point or another, they all absolutely regretted doing it,” says Monnier, “but at the end they were happy.”