CD Projekt has introduced that 2023 would be the ultimate 12 months of full help for its Witcher-based digital card game Gwent. However it’s not going away utterly—as a substitute, the studio plans at hand management of the game over to the group.

“We’re not planning to launch new playing cards ranging from 2024, so the playing cards which can launch in 2023 principally would be the final brand-new ones that we’ll be including to the game,” Gwent director Vladimir Tortsov mentioned in a brand new developer video. “It is a fairly vital change, there is no manner round it.

“With the playing cards that we’re planning so as to add to the game subsequent 12 months, in 2023, we’re principally planning to shut the cardboard pool with each concept that we needed so as to add, each mechanic that we needed to see, just about every thing that we wish to see in Gwent, we’ll attempt to match it throughout the 12 months.”

72 new playing cards might be added to Gwent in 2023—”Finishing the cardboard pool,” CD Projekt Crimson communication supervisor Pawel Burza mentioned—and there might be a lot of esports tournaments as effectively. However in 2024, CD Projekt goes to take the “unconventional” motion of handing management of the game’s future to the group. How precisely it’ll work is not clear, however Tortsov mentioned the plan is to make the system as accessible as doable to all gamers.

“We’re engaged on the answer which can enable gamers to do it instantly within the Gwent consumer, so it isn’t some difficult exterior system,” Tortsov mentioned. “You do not should be a developer or have particular entry—in fact, on the flip aspect, possibly the system will not be as sturdy because the instruments that our group at the moment has when it comes to full-scale works, including utterly new playing cards, inventing new skills and issues like that. However when it comes strictly to the balancing instruments, the primary balancing instruments, that is one thing that we imagine is possible, and can be certain that gamers can work together with the game, not simply by enjoying it, but additionally deciding which route it ought to go balance-wise.”

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The trickiest side of the method will little question be deciding how selections about stability adjustments might be made. Burza mentioned, maybe with some understatement, that will probably be “fascinating” to see how the group offers with it.

“Stability can be one in all this stuff that at all times offer you these polarized opinions in relation to what playing cards must be, how they need to work, so I am to see how this may truly have an effect on the choice making from the group standpoint,” Burza mentioned. “As a result of when you have a look at it from a developer’s standpoint, we’re form of trying into issues from, standing from and searching from form of up above. However in relation to gamers who’re enjoying the game I really feel like there may be additionally this private engagement throughout the game which causes you to favor and disfavor sure archetypes.

“It may be fascinating to see how this may interact the group however I really feel prefer it’s one thing that does not occur fairly often, that you just’re form of giving some a part of the steering wheel to the group as a substitute of conserving full engagement and focus just for your self.”

CD Projekt advised IGN {that a} “small quantity” of builders will proceed to work on Gwent to maintain the wheels turning, however many of the group might be moved to different initiatives.