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CD Projekt Red has revealed Gwent: Rogue Mage, a standalone singleplayer expansion to popular The Witcher spin-off Gwent launching today.
The Polish studio made the surprise announcement through IGN. Game Director Vladimir Tortsov detailed the reasoning behind the singleplayer focused released. “While Gwent multiplayer is a fantastic game for those who are looking for a great PvP multiplayer experience,” he explained. “We perfectly understand that many Witcher players loved the original mini-game of Gwent for totally different reasons. With Rogue Mage we aim to give this audience a reason to play modern-day Gwent in the format they prefer.”
The story of Gwent: Rogue Mage sees you playing as the mage Alzur. In the lore, he’s the mage responsible for creating the first ever Witcher, and that’s the tale this expansion tells. You’ll do this by moving around a procedurally generated map, taking part in Gwent battles and making moral choices presented to you. These choices – as well as interacting with certain locations, earn you more cards to bolster your deck.
However, the story isn’t a huge focus of the game. As Tortsov explained to IGN, gameplay took precedent for this spin-0ff. “Our goal with Rogue Mage’s story is to give players enough context on who Alzur is, what is his motivation, and the general setting of the world he lives in. We hope that players will get enough immersion to complement the gameplay-first formula, but we do not expect the story to be the main reason for players to appreciate this release.”
Gwent: Rogue Mage is available to download now for PC, iOS and Android.
GWENT: Rogue Mage is our first single-player expansion!
And you can start playing it tomorrow!
— GWENT (@PlayGwent) July 6, 2022