Don't get your hopes up for Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales on Nintendo Switch

I can't Mahakam if they don't want to.

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, the Gwent-related story spin-off, comes out tomorrow on PC, and it's excellent - I reviewed Thronebreaker and hope my enthusiasm for it comes across.

Thronebreaker is also coming to consoles, albeit a bit later on 4th December. This is important because HearthStone, that other big card game, isn't on consoles and probably never will be, so there's an opportunity there. But so far Thronebreaker (along with Gwent) has only been announced for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

What about Switch? Ports have flooded to Nintendo's console, and Thronebreaker theoretically fits it well. It's a turn-based card game with a campaign map, neither of which are hardware-demanding in the way a cinematic action game like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt presumably are, and touch controls would suit the game.

How about it? I'm afraid it doesn't look good. I asked CD Projekt Red the question this afternoon. "There are no plans to release Thronebreaker on any other platforms than PC (GOG.COM), PlayStation 4 and Xbox One," a spokesperson replied. No "yet", no "currently". I wonder what the issue is? CDPR had nothing to add.

Thronebreaker tells a deceptively deep and gripping story set in the Witcher world, about a warrior queen called Meve who finds her world flipped upside down as she embarks on a mission to unlikely lands looking for aid. Experiencing the world of The Witcher through the eyes of a monarch makes for an interesting change of pace. Everything Queen Meve does has political strings attached - she is not a wandering Witcher free to meddle according to a whim.

It's a classy production with top notch writing, voicing and presentation, and the variety with which CD Projekt Red approaches each card-based encounter is incredible. This isn't meant to sound like a veiled insult but Thronebreaker is much more than it at first appears. It's $30 or £23 - give it a go.

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