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Of all the things going on in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, it's possible nothing was as popular as Gwent, the card game within the game. It became so popular that CD Projekt Red announced a standalone version of the game. Now we know when we'll get our first taste of it. While the beta for the game was originally planned to launch next month, the developer has now announced that they've had to delay the beta to the end of October, in order to get everything just right.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was an absolutely massive game. The map seemed to go on forever and there was so much to do within it that getting lost wasn't just possible, it was almost likely. Leave it to gamers then, to spend all their time in a pub playing cards. While Gwent was far from the first game within a game, that abomination in Final Fantast VIII comes to mind, it was by far the most popular to come along in a long time. At E3, CD Projekt Red announced Gwent: The Witcher Card Game as a standalone experience. Today, they announced the beta for _Gwent: The Witcher Card Game _will launch October 25, more than a month after it was expected. In a statement quoted by IGN, the developer says they want to make sure their first impression is the right one, so they feel the need to do a bit more work before the game is ready for primetime.
On the one hand, you want to thank them for taking the time to make sure the game is in an appropriate state. Game development should always dictate release dates and not the other way around. However, it should also be pointed out, this is for the game's beta. While the word beta has become nearly synonymous with "demo" in the modern gaming lexicon, it also indicates a game that isn't quite finished. Bugs and glitches are to be expected in betas. Finding them, and eliminating them, is supposed to be the point of betas.
It's hard to decide who to give a hard time to here. Have gamers become such a difficult group to please that you can't even release a beta without receiving the ire of gamers if it isn't perfect? Or is CD Projekt Red about to release one of those games that is going to be called a beta, but then never actually see a final version released?
Are you looking forward to the, eventual, release of Gwent: The Witcher Card Game? Let is know in the comments.