CD Projekt Red announced today Gwent closed beta has finally become available for the public as they have made it an open beta for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Since the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt Red has heard a lot of demand for a standalone version of its in-game card game Gwent. For the last year, the team has been trying to make that happen, with the closed beta only being for PC. This time, the open beta will available to all PC and console players, which hopefully gives them a good feedback.
For those who never played Gwent, it is a very simple game: collect a numerous amount of characters to build a deck consisting of spells and other elements from the Witcher game, then two players face of in a duel against each other. Every match consists of 3‑rounds that starts off with you and your opponent drawing 10 cards from your deck. Then each player plays one card a turn which can be placed into three categories: melee, ranged or siege. To win, you need two of the three rounds under your belt by gathering more points than your opponent in each one.
There is a new multiplayer mode, ranked mode, new cards and abilities, plus a complete visual overhaul.
You have five playable factions to choose from, all the ones from the Witcher: the Northern Realms, Skellige, Monsters, Scoia’tael, and the Nilfgaardian Empire. Each one has its own playstyle and each one has its own weakness. For instance, Monsters will lie most of its cards down off the bat to try and overwhelm the opponent to win, but by doing so it can run out of cards to use.
To read more about what CD Projekt Red had to say about the updated Gwent game, here.
Source: PlayStation Blog, CD Projekt Red