The Witcher 3's virtual card game spin-off Gwent has been delayed. Originally it was slated to enter closed beta on PC and Xbox One in September, but now it's been pushed back until 25th October.

"Unfortunately, we feel we need some extra time with the game before we hand it off to you for testing," developer CD Project Red said in a statement. "We know we can make a first impression only once, and want to be sure everything is ready before we blast off.

"Delivering a good game is more important to us than keeping a deadline. Still, that doesn't mean we don't realise that delays can be disappointing, and we apologise for making you wait."

Unlike the formative version of Gwent we saw in The Witcher 3, this standalone product will see a host of new features like multiplayer competitive play - which will be available cross-platform (at least between PC and console. It's unclear if the PS4 and Xbox One versions will be compatible with one another).

Gwent will also have a smart way of getting around worthless card packs full of duplicates, as players will be able to choose which rare card they want, then receive the rest at random.

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