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Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a card-powered isometric RPG

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Gwent is getting more than just a mechanical overhaul

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CD Projekt Red today unveiled the first gameplay video of Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, a new spin-off role-playing game that blends The Witcher’s in-fiction collectible card game, called Gwent, with an isometric RPG. The team says that the new, stand-alone title contains over 30 hours of gameplay and more voiceover content than The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt expansion Hearts of Stone.

In November, CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwiński announced that Gwent: The Witcher Card Game was due for a big overhaul. In an open letter to the community, he said that the process would take roughly six months.

“We have never accepted ‘good enough’ at our company,” the developer said. “We have always taken risks and made bold decisions if we believed they would result in a better game. And, you’ve guessed it, we’ve just made one now.”

Now, nearly a full year later, the game is finally getting a proper preview. From what we’ve seen, the end result it fairly impressive. Not only does it include a full reworking of the basic structure of Gwent itself, the single-player campaign looks like just the thing for fans of Geralt and his companions.

Thronebreaker will use the newly-revised version of Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, currently in development by CD Projekt. In the fiction of the game, players will be forming a warband. Cards will represent forces and characters who rally to your flag.

The team said that the Gwent card game is used for “whimsical” encounters as well as straight combat, such as dodging boulders during an avalanche or an encounter with a troll cooking soup. One example shown during the stream featured a boss battle against a manticore, which was represented by a grid of six cards each with multiple attack abilities.

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is available for pre-order now. The $29.99 title is a GoG.com exclusive on PC with a release date of Oct. 23. The game is also planned for release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, though no release date for those platforms has been given.