CD Projekt Red's Witcher digital CCG, Gwent, is getting both a single-player campaign and a US$850k esports series.
The campaign is called Thronebreaker, and it centres around Meve, a war-veteran queen of two Northern Realms who facing an imminent foreign invasion.
It will explore never before seen parts of the world of The Witcher, challenging players to gather resources and engage in custom-made story battles, while twisting the game’s rules in unexpected ways.
According to CD Projekt Red, it is a dark journey of destruction and revenge that will release sometime later this year on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
The studio is also organising the Gwent Masters, an esports series for the game.
Each series will consist of a number of offline tournaments from three tiers: Open, Challenger, and Masters.
To qualify for an Open, you'll need to finish in the top 200 on the Crown Points ladder by playing online in official and licensed tournaments.
There will be eight offline Open tournaments per Masters series (season), each with a prize pool of US$25k.
The next step up is Challenger, of which there will be four per season. Participants will consist of a mix of Open players, prior Challenger winners, players with lots of Crown Points, and wildcards chosen by CD Projekt Red. The prize pool here is US$100,000 per tournament.
The top tier is the Gwent World Masters. It has a prize pool of US$250,000, and will feature a mix of Challenger winners and players with the most Crown Points over the season.
The Masters ruleset, tournament dates, and format are all available on the official Masters website.