It looks like CD Projekt Red isn’t quite done with the setting of The Witcher. The spin-off to The Witcher series has been titled Thronebreaker: The Witcher 3, and will release as a standalone title later this year. Unlike the action-role playing gameplay of the original trilogy, Thronebreaker will combine “narrative-driven exploration with unique puzzles and card battle mechanics.”.
Unlike the first three Witcher games, Thronebreaker will not star Geralt of Rivia, the game series’ original protagonist. In Thronebreaker, players will follow Meve, the queen of the regions of Lyria and Rivia. Facing an imminent invasion from Nilfgaardian Empire, Meve is forced to lead her nation into war. Players will guide Meve through a mixture of card battles and puzzle mechanics. Considering its origins as a the single player portion to The Witcher 3’s Gwent spin-off, the game will feature a lot of card battles to progress the story. However, it sounds like this will be more than a simple card battler, and will satisfy fans hungry for more political intrigue and dark fantasy in The Witcher setting.
We haven’t seen any actual gameplay screenshots yet, but we have seen some shots of the comic-based cutscenes, which resemble the loading screen comic scenes from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. They look quite moody and highly detailed, and give the spin-off a different feel to the lovingly rendered 3D cutscenes from the main series.
In addition, Netflix is exploring the world of The Witcher as well, with a separate live-action series based on the original novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, where Henry Cavill will play Geralt of Rivia.
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales will be releasing on PC exclusively on GoG on October 23, and on PS4 and Xbox One a bit later on December 4.