CD Project Red has new single player title launched based on the Gwent card game from The Witcher series. Gwent: Rogue Mage is a roguelike deckbuilder, in which players enter a procedurally generated map and make their way through a series of monsters and bosses using a deck of skills and characters deployed on the battlefield.
The game takes place hundreds of years before the events of The Witcher 3, with players taking on the role of the mage Alzur as he attempts to create the first-ever Witcher. However, the story is mostly just set dressing, with game director Vladimir Tortsov telling IGN† “We do not consider this expansion an official addition to The Witcher lore.”
The game is available today on PC, iOS, and Android, and Tortsov says it will take players around 30 hours to fully discover it, with each game loop lasting up to an hour. In terms of gameplay, Tortsov compares the title to: Kill the spirea roguelike deckbuilder in which players fight their way through a tower of enemies.
Rogue Mage is Projekt Red’s latest attempt to build on the popularity of the Gwent card game, which in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt†
The developers first launched Gwent: The Witcher Card Game as a free-to-play cross-platform title in 2018, before ending support for consoles in 2020 in favor of mobile and PC play. The original game was multiplayer, but Projekt Red also launched a single player Thronebreaker “expansion” (as a 30-hour RPG title, it felt like much more than just an expansion) that was critically acclaimed but sold poorly.
Rogue Mage, is then another experiment within the Gwent format. It is currently available on the Android Play Store, iOS App Store, Steam Store, and GOG Store for PC, for $9.99. Meanwhile, Projekt Red is still working on the next part in general witcher series, the details of which are so thin that they practically do not exist.