CD Projekt Red announces Crimson Curse, first GWENT expansion

The Gwent expansion Crimson Curse is drawing direct inspiration from the critically-acclaimed Blood and Wine expansion for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.


The mini-game that spun off into its own, full release is getting its first major expansion. CD Projekt Red has revealed Crimson Curse, the first expansion for the Gwent standalone game. The new expansion will introduce over 100 cards across all the card game's factions, some taking advantage of new game mechanics being added to battle when Crimson Curse goes live on all platforms March 28, 2019.

"Some words should never be spoken," the narrator says in the Crimson Curse expansion tease. "Some rituals should be left behind...forgotten. And there are doors one should not open."

Crimson Curse draws inspiration from the celebrated Witcher 3: Wild Hunt expansion: Blood and Wine. In the Witcher 3 expansion, Detlaff is a higher vampire that is largely indifferent to human affairs but is the main suspect in a series of violent murders. In Crimson Curse, Detlaff is summoning his kin as the moon over the Witcher world turns red. The expansion will welcome new breeds of monsters, new villains, and new heroes to the card game.

Thus far, the development team has revealed five of the new cards coming in the Crimson Curse expansion and you can see them on the official Gwent expansion website. Over time, the stuidio will be revealing more of the new cards, which includes 31 neutral cards along with 14 new faction cards per each faction. Every card comes with a standard version and premium animated variant.

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If you're playing Gwent on PC, you'll find the game exclusively on the GOG store. We previously reported that the platform, which is ownered by CD Projekt Red, has quietly laid off some of its staff. Financial concerns were a part of the move and, hopefully, this new expansion will inject some fresh blood into one of the platform's exclusive offerings.

Gwent is free-to-play and available on PC via GOG, PS4, and Xbox One. The Crimson Curse expansion goes live March 28, 2019. Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional updates.

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