The developers of The Witcher, CD Projekt Red, have been gaining a lot of headway in the marketplace with the free-to-play card game, Gwent. They're still continuing development on the project and have plans on taking the game to the next level with an open beta set to get underway soon.
As noted by IGN, this will allow anyone to play the new card game on any of the three major platforms without having to worry about trying to find ways into the closed beta. Previously, that was the only way to get your hands on the standalone version of the game, which was in development behind the scenes and required registration for the closed beta test to play-test the development build of the card game.
As is usual for all closed beta tests, CD Projekt will wipe the CBT user data, so those of you who managed to become all-powerful and feared in the Gwent community will have to start from scratch with the rest of the community.
The data being wiped isn't all bad, though. The developers will be rewarding players who helped playtest and offer feedback during the closed beta phase. After they reset the server data and take the game down for maintenance between May 22nd starting tomorrow and May 24th when the open beta commences, there will be special rewards handed out to dedicated players who helped out with in-game rewards.
The article also notes that the final release date for the card game hasn't been set in stone yet, but once a game goes open beta it's practically released anyway.
Gwent originally gained popularity way back when it was just a side-quest in the original Witcher 3 release. The mini-game was so fun and gained so much feedback from the gaming audience about it being a high-quality side-quest that demand reached fever pitch and CD Projekt practically had no choice but to make a standalone game.
Way back in late 2016 CD Projekt announced that Gwent: The Witcher Card Game would commence into closed beta testing and it did so during the middle of October.
Since then they've been slowly wheeling out closed beta keys to lure in more gamers and get feedback on balancing, tweaking and improvements for the gameplay.
Over the last seven months, CD Projekt has been refining the gameplay and ensuring that Gwent lives up to being the sort of hardcore card game that some die-hard fans have been craving for.
A lot of Magic: The Gathering fans seem to be attracted to CD Projekt's little experiment after the aforementioned series began taking a dive in quality. Well, now console and PC gamers will be able to play through the card collecting combat game come May 24th.