Gwent is also a separate stand-alone digital card game made in 2018. That is not the version that I am doing, I am only focusing on Gwent inside the Witcher 3, which released in 2015. Gwent was originally intended as a mini card game within the Witcher 3, but they expanded to a digital card game in 2018 after positive reception. The standalone Gwent even has its own single player mode.
There are other mini games in previous Witcher titles, such as Dice Poker, but it relied mostly on luck and the CD Project Red team wanted to push it further for the sequel. Thus Gwent was born. The idea of a card game within a game was nearly shelved several times but made it. There The team had to create most Gwent on their downtime as there wasn’t enough budget and had to get help from other departments as well.
Gwent almost didn’t make it into the final game of The Witcher 3. The creators, Rafal Jaki and Damien Monnier, among others, had prototype versions of the game had to be more ‘fun’ to play. They had a rule that said, “If you have to explain it twice, it’s probably too complicated’. Gwent was set up with card management in mind, as there are limited cards to use in each round. There are also specific side quests within the Witcher 3 that can lead to high ranking cards, but most are merchants around the landscape that you can face at any time.
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