Card slingers rejoice! Gwent: The Witcher Card game is heading to iOS and Android, developer CD Projekt Red has confirmed.
Gwent will first release on iPhone and iPad “later this year”, with an announcement on an Android launch to come “at a later date”. This is fantastic news for fans of the game, as for a long time now they’ve had to play second fiddle to games such as Hearthstone and Magic The Gathering, who have both had mobile versions of their titles for years.
Speaking on the mobile release, Game Director of Gwent, Jason Slama, said:
“We’ve been preparing long and hard to adapt GWENT to smartphones. Beautiful visuals aside, we’ve tailored much of our technology, including GOG Galaxy which powers GWENT’s multiplayer, to support mobile devices. I think our vision for bringing GWENT to smartphones combines the best we have to offer both in terms of graphics and gameplay. I can’t wait to share more details on the subject with you later this year.”
For those that don’t know, Gwent first appeared as a spin-off card game in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt back in 2015. The mini game became an instant fan favourite, with many calling for a standalone version of the card game to be developed. CD Projekt Red duly obliged, with the game going into open beta in 2017 and seeing a full release in October the following year.
Gwent’s popularity has wavered recently, however, as the game has struggled to compete with the likes of Hearthstone and Artifact. With that in mind, bringing the game to mobile devices might help regain some of Gwent’s early popularity.
Gwent’s first real expansion titled Crimson Curse launches tomorrow on PC and consoles, with over 100 new cards as well as five new leaders. The game has been desperate for a new meta in recent months, with many of the better known faces in the Twitch and YouTube community that supported Gwent moving on to other games such as Dota Auto Chess.
Let’s hope that with a major expansion and the news of a mobile release that Gwent can once again battle it out with some of the top CCG’s on the market.