IGN can reveal that The Witcher’s Gwent is turning into a brand new, single-player, standalone sport, codenamed Challenge Golden Nekker and set to launch in 2022.
Challenge Golden Nekker is at the moment in improvement inside CD Projekt Crimson’s Gwent workforce and goals to supply a “captivating single-player experience” totally different to earlier variations of the digital card sport.
Challenge Golden Nekker can be a totally standalone sport, and received’t require gamers to personal every other variations of Gwent to get the complete expertise.
Gwent was a fan-favourite minigame included in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, however advanced right into a standalone multiplayer game in 201. In flip, Gwent received its personal spin-off two years later with the excellent The Witcher Tales: Thronebreaker.
Challenge Golden Nekker can be one thing else completely based on Gwent Comms Lead Paweł Burza: “It’s not another Witcher Tales [game] but something different,” he mentioned. “We’re aiming to provide a captivating single-player for players who prefer it over competitive multiplayer Gwent.”
Though that is the primary time we have realized that it is a completely new sport, CD Projekt Crimson has been quietly teasing the challenge for a number of months, dropping hints on Gwent streams and neighborhood podcasts.
In a developer update streamed throughout Gwent World Masters #3 in December – the sport’s esports finals – Recreation Director Vladimir Tortsov mentioned an official reveal for the sport is coming quickly.
He mentioned: “We want to announce stuff that we’re working on when the time is right,” continuing, “I’m really excited about this project coming together and I hope you like it as much as I do.”
Projekt Golden Nekker – Card and Environment Art
Tortsov also revealed new concept art for the game to go alongside the handful of images already teased, all of which can be viewed in the gallery above, along with a new image of “The Barbarian” that IGN can reveal for the first time.
Four of the images – The Barbarian, The Golden Nekker, Living Fire, and Fire Elemental – are in the style of Gwent cards, meaning this could be a first look at some of the playable units in Project Golden Nekker. The other two appear to be environment art of some kind, featuring a library (with a lurking Golden Nekker), and a marketplace.
When The Witcher Tales: Thronebreaker released, new cards in the standalone game were also added to the multiplayer version of Gwent, meaning these new cards will likely be added to that game as well.
The 2022 Gwent roadmap has already revealed that new cards are due to be released in April, July, October, and December, and every Witcher game has been released in either May or October in the past.
This means that, assuming the cards appear in Gwent: The Witcher Card Recreation alongside the brand new standalone sport, it’s very doable that Challenge Golden Nekker will launch in October 2022.
Ryan Dinsdale is a contract author for IGN.