'Gwent: The Witcher Card Game' release date, updates: Closed beta of card game is now live

(Gwent)Gwent is now a standalone game after just being a mini-game in The Witcher 3.

"The Witcher" franchise's fans will be happy to know that their standalone card game titled "Gwent" is now available as a closed beta for the Xbox One and PC platforms. The beta will give players a taste of what they will be experiencing in the official game, and at the same time, the feedback they garner will allow developers to improve the online title.

As of now, the closed beta of "Gwent: The Witcher Card Game" which started Oct. 25 is only available for PC and Xbox One users, but it is yet to be scheduled for the PlayStation 4 platform. Developers are also planning to test the game for the Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform (UWP) version later on.

Moreover, a limited number of invitations were sent to players, but more will be available soon. If gamers are interested in trying it, they can still sign up on Gwent's official website. The news was also officially announced on the game's Twitter account, which said: "Invites are going out in waves, so don't worry if you didn't receive one yet! We'll be adding more folks over time."

"Gwent" is an online game that draws inspiration from the lore of "The Witcher." It was reported that it was actually a mini-game in "The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt," and fans fell in love with it, to the point that they made a request for it to be an official standalone game.

In a report from Gamespot, Marcin Momot of CD Projekt Red mentioned, "Gwent is an example of how the community can have actual impact on game developers." He also continued, explaining: "What we created as a part of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, is now, because of your involvement, a standalone game and a totally different experience that firmly stands on its own. The closed beta is another step in the process--you can now help us shape the game into something you can call your own."

There is no exact release date yet for "Gwent," but fans can now try the online card game via closed beta.

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