CD Projekt Red fans have nothing to fear. Even though Cyberpunk 2077 is still a long ways off, there’s still enough of their other vastly popular franchise to keep you sated. For one thing, you’ve got Geralt in Soulcalibur VI. Oh, and don’t forget, Gwent will also officially release next week. Alongside the card-battler is Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales. What was once supposed to be Gwent’s single-player story mode has become a full-fledged RPG. It’s perfect for those who just can’t get enough of The Witcher’s universe. Check out the gameplay trailer below:
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales – Tale As Old As Time
The first things that you might notice are the cel-shaded visuals and presentation. Make no mistake, Thronebreaker does look a bit more cartoony and fantasy-inspired compared to the usual Witcher fare with Geralt. In some ways, it tries to break away from the dark, dreary, and grim world by providing you with more colorful environs. Cutscenes and story exposition, meanwhile, are akin to visual novels.
Despite this change, the story and narrative do seem to follow the pattern set by The Witcher series. War has torn the lands asunder; death, despair, and betrayal follow you. As Queen Meve, ruler of Lyria and Rivia, you’ll need to survive against all odds and triumph against the Nilfgaardian Empire. With the forces of Nilfgaard encroaching upon your kingdom, you’ll need to build and expand your power base by gathering resources. You’ll also be journeying to various locations as seen in the trailer. This is done via a point-and-click system with your mouse or moving around with a controller. It’s reminiscent of old-school RPGs of yore (Baldur’s Gate) and modern takes (Divinity: Original Sin).
Combat is, of course, quite different than most RPGs. That’s because it will be using Gwent’s system. The CCG/card-battling game’s mechanics are at the forefront of Thronebreaker. If you’re a fan of that, then you’ll feel right at home. But if you’re looking for combat a la Geralt throwing Igni fireballs around and parrying, then Thronebreaker will take some getting used to.
Both Gwent and Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales will release on October 23. As usual, PC Invasion will keep you up to speed with developments. Here’s another video with more of the gameplay that you can expect: