Fans of Witcher 3 developer CD Project Red (CDPR) may like to hear that the studio's next RPG is just around the corner.
We do not refer to Cyberpunk 2077. Instead, we are discussing Thronebreaker, the full-featured 30-hour "Witcher Tale", which started as a spin-off of Gwent, CDPR's stand-alone card game title. Well, the game is a flattering out of RPG in its own right, if CDPR's marketing is to be believed. We've covered the game sometimes before, but today we have a treat for the studio's fans for a long time: 37 minutes Thronebreaker game, starring Queen Meve and her allies.
If you've been following CDPRs games for a while, you'll probably know what to expect here. Though it is not a completely 3D-open world game like Witcher 3, Thronebreaker emphasizes choices and consistency, history and quality voices.
The gameplay video is a breakthrough, with a CDPR community manager who speaks us through the game's various features. First, Thronebreaker houses an overworld map that seems to let players explore, meet side assignments and hay materials.
Instead of classic Witcher matches where players hack and win, Thronebreaker forces players to fetch it out with their enemies through intense-looking games by Gwent. Even though the Gwent battlefields have a new paint stroke, mechanically, they seem to function about how they always have: one side tries to overcome the strength of enemy forces without running out of cards.
It's a twist, though, as players now seem to have the ability to order Meve to attack cards directly, instead of playing a try.
Outside Gwent, Thronebreaker seems to focus heavily on choice and consistency. For example, after successfully returning a Nilfgaardian Siege, Queen Meve is informed by one of his advisers that the town's farmers may starve after the city's grain stores went up in smoke during the game.
The player has the choice to keep the gold for himself, claim it for the growth of its army, or sacrifice it to the citizens to prevent hunger and famine from ruling supreme ones.
For demo purposes, CDPR chose to give gold to the city's folk music. The demo presenter suggests that players in true CDPR fashion can feel the consequences of that decision later; whether they are positive or negative.
Towards the end of the demonstration, CDPR showed a monster game, which took the form of a Gwent stroke with unique puzzle-like mechanics for players to overcome. This time there was a Manticore, consisting of six different cards, each representing another body part. To defeat the leg, Meve and her army needed to destroy their heads.
While this was just a summary of the game for the slightly more pressured, you can see the whole demo of yourself or switch to the CDPR official Witcher YouTube channel. If Thronebreaker sounds like a cup of tea, you can choose pre-order the game now exclusively on Good Old Games for $ 29.99.