On June 7, 2017 something remarkable happened.
Something that MTG fans always yearned for.
It was announced on that day that a Magic: The Gathering MMO was officially finally going to be made – Magic: Legends.
Well it’s been a while since then…
What’s the situation? What’s happened in the mean time?
Who's developing the Magic: Legends MMO?
Cryptic Studios will be developing the new Magic: Legends MMO. It’s a video game developer that’s based in Los Gatos, California and owned by the Chinese company Perfect World Entertainment.
If you aren’t familiar with them then you might’ve heard some of the games they’re responsible for.
These being City of Heroes, Champions Online, Star Trek Online and Neverwinter.
Neverwinter, if you aren’t familiar, is also an IP belonging to Wizards of the Coast, the company behind Magic: The Gathering, so this isn’t the first the time the two are collaborating.
Now Cryptic doesn’t have the best reputation amongst gamers. Reviews of their games are very very mixed on Metacritic.
Hell some even fear that they will just rehash Neverwinter and slap a nice Magic: The Gathering logo and call it a day.
Then we would have a situation similar to Magic: The Gathering – Puzzle Quest game for mobiles on our hands.
A simple clone with a reskin. Egh.
Let’s hope this won’t be the case.
The latest Magic: Legends MMO news
Well aside from the name of the game itself is confirmed there’s little else that’s been officially confirmed.
For the most part it’s being kept under wraps.
What we do know for sure is that you play as a Planeswalker that can “explore amazing worlds, combat powerful creatures, and meet the legendary beings that shape the fate of the multiverse.”
Yep, that’s all that fans have for two years now.
Though for what it’s worth, in addition to this David Schwartz, Wizards of the Coast Vice President of Digital Publishing, commented that their goal is to “extend gameplay beyond the tabletop”.
So it will be less focused on the card aspect as in Magic: The Gathering Arena and more of a proper MTG oriented lore MMO.
Stephen D’Angelo, CEO of Cryptic Studios, also claims that for the new Magic: Legends MMO “everything from the graphics to the gameplay is being targeted for a truly unique AAA game.”
Hopefully this means they won’t cut corners and will be fully committed to this to make the proper video game that MTG lovers deserve.
Will this Magic: The Gathering MMO be able to dethrone Blizzard’s World of Warcraft throne? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Magic: Legends name and trailer revealed
On December 12, 2019 it was revealed that the official name for the new MMO will be “Magic: Legends” and with it a little teaser was dropped.
While there is no actual gameplay in the trailer it does show a number of blocks including Innistrad, Zendikar, and Griffon. Oh and some spiders, werewolves, and goblins!
When's the release date?
Though the game has been confirmed there hasn’t been a official release date set.
It’s been announced that the game is coming out in 2020, but there’s no specific date.
On this note, we should point out that Wizards of the Coast isn’t just looking at just making MMO and recently announced animated series would be created by Netflix.
Could they be waiting for this to be released first? Will they do a tie-in release?
Both are very possible.
Magic: Legends beta?
Is there beta?
Just go here, sign in with your Arc account, sign up for their newsletter if you want, and complete your sign up.
They will give you a heads up on everything that’s going on with Magic: Legends and if you got chosen among the lucky ones that get to help out with the beta.