While on stage at Microsoft's E3 Briefing, Lead Designer at CD Projekt Red, Damien Monnier, unveiled Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, a free-to-play stand-alone version of the mini-game from The Witcher 3, set to release on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC. No release date has been set, however a Closed Beta coming to Xbox One and PC this September was also announced, with sign-ups available now on the title's website.
Due to the popularity of the mini-game within The Witcher 3, and after a few thousand fan requests, CD Projekt Red opted to create a stand-alone version of the game, complete with a single-player campaign, and cross-play multiplayer between PC and Xbox One. On-top of adding a campaign and multiplayer, Gwent has also been slightly altered from the version in The Witcher 3, so while they've kept the core mechanics, CD Projekt Red have improved on them, adding new features, and almost completely redesigned the visuals.
In a recent video from IGN.com, IGN Editor Vince Ingenito talked about a conversation with CD Projekt Red where they explained the changes to stand alone title, which include, new heroes and cards adding wider options and abilities - some of which come with multiple effects that you can choose between before committing to. These new cards, are also somewhat of a compensation for several heroes and other cards fans have come to know, being removed or replaced due to their not working well within the new game.
Also talked about was the aforementioned single player campaign, which plays something akin to an isometric RPG that allows for exploration, missions, and other events, where the card game Gwent represents Geralt and his groups actual battles as they go on a new campaign. The game will also have story pack expansions released over time, and the developers have stated that each one will contain over 10 hours of fully voiced addition content. The pricing structure for add-ons and potential card packs for this free-to-play title are unknown at this time.
The release date for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC versions of Gwent: The Witcher Card Game have not been announced. However, in September 2016, there will be a Closed Beta for the Xbox One and PC, with sign-ups available now.