I'd somehow missed the news that Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales was coming to consoles. But here we are, with PS4 and Xbox One versions joining the card-battling isometric RPG that had launched on PC at the end of October. I've personally never seen a prettier hand-drawn illustrative style from this isometric perspective before, plus the storytelling is reportedly legit and not just something to click aimlessly on between the battle bits.
Interestingly, today's launch trailer doesn't show you even a subliminal frame or two of the card-based combat. That's actually the part keeping my interest curbed. I played a little GWENT inside The Witcher 3, and I played a little GWENT when it hit consoles, and even while Thronebreaker's version of GWENT is pared down even further (simpler is better, in my book), I'm already convinced that card-battling games will only hold my interest for just so long—which is to say, not very long at all. For those into the genre, however, I hear that Thronebreaker's GWENT is great.
CD Projekt RED further announces that GWENT: The Witcher Card Game also officially launched on consoles today, but that game has actually been in open beta since May. But hey, in an era where some games languish in early access for years and years, and where folks pay full retail prices for unfinished games, any launch is momentous, even if it's been free-to-play for six months already.
I'm guessing I'll get over my general disinterest of card games for Thronebreaker's sake, though. Looks entirely too good to pass up.
Thronebreaker and GWENT launch on consoles!
CD PROJEKT RED, creators of The Witcher series of games, announce the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 launch of Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales and GWENT: The Witcher Card Game.
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
Thronebreaker is a single player role-playing game set in the world of The Witcher that combines narrative-driven exploration with unique puzzles and turn-based battles. The game can be purchased right now on the Microsoft Store and PlayStation Store, and comes packed with digital goodies (click here for details). The game is also available on GOG.COM and Steam.
GWENT: The Witcher Card Game
GWENT is a card game of choices and consequences, in which skill, not luck, is a player’s greatest weapon. GWENT is available for free on both Microsoft Store and PlayStation Store. Gamers who participated in the Public Beta of the game will receive a special commemorative player title upon logging in to the launch version. GWENT is also available on PC via GOG.COM.
More information regarding Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales and GWENT: The Witcher Card Game is available on their respective websites — witchertales.com and playgwent.com.