‘The Witcher 3’: Gameplay Teaser, XB1 Collector’s Edition, & Card Mini-Game Unveiled

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By now most gamers have seen plenty of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. With dozens of gameplay trailers, live demos, and screenshots released regularly, this game wants to ensure people don’t forget it come February.

However, for those who still relish the silky smooth beauty of The Witcher 3, we have another gameplay teaser to show. It features a brief portion of a full in-game quest, and focuses on both the combat of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and some of the branching dialogue options. Check it out above.

Additionally, CD Projekt Red has unveiled Gwent, an in-game collectible card game that lets players manage one of four different factions in a head-to-head battle. In essence, Gwent packs a full scale war into a collectible card game.

  • Over 150 unique playing cards.
  • 4 distinct factions: the mighty and cunning Nilfgaardian Empire, the brave Northern Realms and their siege weapons, the agile and devious Scoia’tael, and the brutal monsters of No Man’s Land.
  • Powerful spells allow players to control the weather and affect units on the battlefield.
  • An array of combat styles caters to individual playstyles: close range with heavy knights, long range with skilled archers or artillery with powerful siege weapons.
  • Powerful hero cards, unique to each faction.

It says a lot about a game when a developer can release a 6-minute trailer and still call it a “teaser. But that’s a testament to the scope of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, a game so massive that we’ve already seen three 45-minute chunks of it and none have looked the same.

On top of that, the fact that The Witcher 3 features a comprehensive card game like Gwent only reinforces the depth of this RPG experience. With over 150 cards to collect, we bet players will find a pleasant little distraction in Gwent or, if they want, a completely different type of game-within-the-game.

By now most gamers have likely made up their mind as to whether to pre-order The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt or not, but for those who haven’t CD Projekt Red has a little something special to sway you. This week, CD Projekt unveiled The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Collector’s Edition for Xbox One, which includes exclusive physical content. Yes that’s right; the only way to nab one piece of this Witcher-themed loot is to pre-order this version of the game. There is a Collector’s Edition for PS4 and PC, but this Xbox One version comes with a little something extra.

The Witcher 3 Collectors Edition Xbox One

Packed in with the Collector’s Edition is an extremely detailed statue of Geralt battling a Griffin, a replica of Geralt’s Witcher medallion (that’s the XB1 exclusive), a steel book case, an art book, a cloth map of the game world, two collector’s boxes, and your very own Gwent card decks (two sets). No price yet, but we’d venture to guess this bounty will command a somewhat steep price tag. However, there’s no denying you’ll certainly get your money’s worth.

Obviously, for a game that found its fan base and is arguably best on PC, it’s a tough proposition to go for the Xbox One version, but we’re sure the prospect of a Witcher medallion will hold some sway. And with this game signaling the end of Geralt’s story, there’s no better way to hold onto those memories than with some collector’s items.

What has most impressed you from any of The Witcher 3 demos? Will you pre-order the Xbox One exclusive edition of the game?

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt releases February 24, 2015 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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