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Play Gwent For Free During This Weekend's Technical Beta

If you're excited about Gwent, the stand-alone version of The Witcher 3's popular in-world card game, then this weekend is going to be a big one. From Friday, March 31 through Monday, April 3, CD Projekt Red will hold a technical beta for the soon-to-be-released game, and to take part, all you need is a PlayStation 4 and 3 gigabytes of free hard drive space.

CD Projekt Red instructs would-be Gwent masters to log into the PlayStation Store and search for Gwent: The Witcher Card Game Technical Beta. The servers go live on Friday at 1:00 PM and shut down around 3:00 AM on Monday (all times in EDT), giving you about two and a half days to try your hand at Geralt's third-favorite pastime (after killing monsters and seducing ladies, of course). You do not need a PlayStation Plus subscription in order to participate.


During the technical beta, players from North America, South America, and Europe will be able to create their own decks, play through Gwent's tutorial, and challenge each other in casual matches. Ranked mode and premium in-app purchases will not be available during the beta. However, Gwent's technical beta will support eight different languages, including English, Spanish, and, of course, Polish (CD Projekt Red is located in Warsaw).

CD Projekt Red encourages players to capture screenshots and video, but warns that Gwent is still in active development and that there might be some glitches. Despite that, the company says that the game "is already fun!"

If you don't own a PlayStation 4, don't worry. While Gwent's technical beta is platform exclusive, the final version of the game will come to PS4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. Besides, if you're desperate, you can always boot up The Witcher 3 and play Gwent in one of the many pubs scattered across The Continent. In fact, booting up The Witcher 3 is always a good idea—despite having one of the most ridiculous side-quests in RPG history, The Witcher 3 is still one of the best (and biggest) games in recent memory, and is well-worth your time anytime.