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There's a new Witcher game coming out next month

by: Randy -
More On: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Gwent: The Witcher Card Game Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales

Following the bouncing ball, the upcoming Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a spin-off of Gwent: The Witcher Card Game which was a playable card game found in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt which is a video game adaptation of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher series. Personally, I like the books, love The Witcher 3, skipped much of the in-game Gwent, but I'm liking what I see of Thronebreaker. 

Thronebreaker is a single-player game using Gwent for battles, but also has a hand drawn isometric map for moving around the world, visual novel screens for telling some of its story, a full-on D&D-style narrator during the more text adventure segments, and a Darkest Dungeon-style customizable home base. It all comes together very nicely in this GameSpot gameplay video. The storyline trailer above is just a rapid-fire teaser, but the gameplay is finally making me look at The Witcher universe again for the first time since The Witcher 3's 2015 launch.

Thronebreaker has a 30-hour campaign with 20 possible "world end-states." That probably means there are degrees on a scale in which the game could end—not necessarily that there are 20 wildly variant earth-shattering endings; but I'm largely guessing. Still, good to know that your choices make a difference when all is said and done.

I'm pleasantly surprised. I mean, this type of game isn't going to steal headlines away from the big AAA fall/winter season we're heading into, but I like what I see. Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales launches October 23 on GOG.com, and on December 4 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Thronebreaker is a single player role-playing game set in the world of The Witcher that combines narrative-driven exploration with unique puzzles and card battle mechanics.

Crafted by the developers responsible for some of the most iconic moments in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the game spins a truly regal tale of Meve, a war-veteran queen of two Northern Realms — Lyria and Rivia. Facing an imminent Nilfgaardian invasion, Meve is forced to once again enter the warpath, and set out on a dark journey of destruction and revenge.

Main Features:

  • Experience an all new 30-hour Witcher Tale with 20 possible world end-states.
  • Embark on over 75 thought-provoking side quests — one of the hallmarks of The Witcher series.
  • Explore never-before-seen parts of The Witcher world — Lyria, Rivia, Aedirn, Mahakam and Angren.
  • Manage resources, recruit and develop units in your very own customizable war camp.
  • Build an army and engage in story battles, which twist the game’s rules in wildly unexpected ways.

Additional Features:

  • Thronebreaker features over 250 single player tailored cards, as well as 20 brand new cards for GWENT: The Witcher Card Game.
  • Each card represents an entity in the game — characters players interact with during open world exploration can become on-hand assets, deployable during battle.
  • During each playthrough, players make choices and face their consequences — acting against an ally’s convictions might cause their card to disappear from the deck.
  • Mastering the campaign allows unlocking premium animated versions of cards, additional multiplayer avatars, borders, and titles.
  • Fully voice-overed dialogues, localized into 11 languages.

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales comes with these bonus items:

  • Concept art, including the map of Lyria
  • Digital version of GWENT: Art of The Witcher Card Game artbook from Dark Horse. Please note that it contains the cards' original designs, so they differ from their current in-game counterparts
  • The Witcher graphic novel "Fox Children" by Dark Horse
  • 2 in-game GWENT: The Witcher Card Game Player Titles
  • 2 in-game GWENT: The Witcher Card Game Player Avatars
  • 5 premium kegs for GWENT: The Witcher Card Game
  • Official Thronebreaker Soundtrack