Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, once a relatively small part of The Witcher 3, is finally coming to IOS and Android devices after breaking off from the series and starring in its own standalone title last year. While many developers might choose an uninspired approach to a spinoff such as a collectible card game, Gwent's 2018 release went above and beyond by including a 30-hour single player experience separate from the multiplayer. This isn't anything new for CD Projekt Red, as The Witcher 3's "Blood And Wine" DLC lasted longer than many full games on the market, clocking in at around 40 playtime hours for completionists, and 15 and a half hours for those rushing through the story.
Gwent in the Witcher 3 was a sizeable portion of an already massive game, and players could potentially spend dozens of hours just traveling the world to collect cards, challenge royalty and unlock varies card-related questlines. The spinoff game, which released last year, took the elements from the card game in the Witcher 3 and improved them in various ways by revamping the rules and adding new cards as well as factions.
According to a Gamespot article, "Gwent is generous with how it rewards the time you invest in it, giving you the means to build up a formidable collection of cards before tempting you to spend real money on it." The article also states that Gwent rewards you for not only wins, but also when your opponent congratulates you on a game well-played, which is a nice touch.
Gwent will launch on phones launching later this year, but the first big expansion to the game, Crimson Curse, is available now. The expansion adds over 100 new cards (14 for each faction, and an additional 31 not tied to factions). and five more leader characters. It also includes a whole mess of vampires.
Projekt Red's announcement states "I think our vision for bringing GWENT to smartphones combines the best we have to offer both in terms of graphics and gameplay." Android users will need to wait a bit longer, however, as the announcement lists the Google Play debut "at a later date." Like the PC and console versions, Gwent: The Witcher Card Game will be free to play, but you can still drop a couple of dollars for a leg-up, like most free-to-play games.