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Gwent now has a 100-level battle pass players in need of a goal can work on grinding through. Unlike just any battle pass though, CD Projekt Red says it wants Gwent’s to tell a story each season.

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At the start of each week, a new chapter of Journey’s story will be unveiled,” the company writes on the game’s website. “Not just any story, mind you, but one of witcher Geralt and master bard Dandelion, both off on a riveting adventure! There’s more, still, as their story comes with its own set of quests which, upon completion, will boost your Journey progression.”

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The pass will have a free and premium version of course, with the latter giving players extra rewards in the form of cosmetics and vanity items they can use to dress up their personal Geralt avatar. If this is all an elaborate way of making a Style Savvy spin-off I’m on board.

The new battle pass comes alongside the start of a new Gwent season and a big update tweaking game balance, fixing the meteorite powder economy, and adding new card mechanics.While CD Projekt Red stopped supporting Gwent on consoles late last year, the free-to-play game’s now available on Android and iOS. If you haven’t checked it out already now’s the perfect time. 

Illustration for article titled iGwent/is New Battle Pass Lets You Play Dress-Up With Geralt

Who knows if this episodic narrative will live up to the interesting monster-of-the-week stories fans have come to expect from the excellent witcher books, open world RPG trilogy, and Netflix series, but it’s an interesting idea at least. A ton of games have spent the last couple of years following Fortnite’s lead and ditching randomized loot boxes in favor of battle passes whose rewards are known in advance. Most just feel like time cards you punch in and out of each time you play though.

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Maybe Gwent’s version will reward returning players with more than just extra loot.

Kotaku staff writer. You can reach him at ethan.gach@kotaku.com

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