Damien Monnier, the lead designer behind Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, which is currently in closed beta, has left CD Projekt Red. Monnier, as well as co-creating the original minigame in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, was the one to reveal Gwent’s standalone version at E3 this year.
The announcement came in the form of a tweet from Monnier: “Goodbye CD Projekt Red – Thank you for all the memories. Time for #newadventures”. While the development studio themselves haven’t formally announced anything, numerous members did wish Monnier good luck with his new, currently unknown endeavours.
It comes at an odd time for the company as Gwent: The Witcher Card Game is in beta and just getting underway. When Eurogamer asked CD Projekt red to comment, global communication manager Michal Platkow-Gilewski said, “He did play an important part in making the game standalone but it’s worth remembering that this game is being developed by a team that is more than a few dozen strong. We have a precise roadmap for Gwent and that has not changed at all.”
He added that, “both parties agreed to part ways. Suffice to say, Damien has a lot of friends and people who will definitely miss him here in the studio, me included.” When Monnier himself was asked why he left he pointed Eurogamer to the studio themselves. It seems, whatever the reason for his departure, things didn’t go perfectly but neither parties are willing to comment on specifics.