Is Cryptic Studios creating a Magic: The Gathering MMO?

For years now, we have been pondering what “top secret” project might be in development over at Cryptic Studios. Well, the studio isn’t talking — yet — but there are indicators that suggest that Cryptic might be working or collaborating on an MMO set in the Magic: The Gathering universe.

PCGamesN connects a few sparse dots to point to such a project, noting that Cryptic ex-devs have gone over to work for Wizards of the Coast and that a new Cryptic job posting for an art director on the unnamed title mentions that the game will be “based on an extremely exciting, well-known fantasy IP.”

“We’re very excited about what we’re working on,” Cryptic has had posted on its top secret project page. “Our top secret work represents our continued commitment to diversify and reach beyond the boundaries of traditional MMORPG gaming.”

Fans were teased with the possibility of a Magic MMO earlier this year when Wizards of the Coast formed a digital games studio led by former Turbine chief Jeffrey Steefel, who floated the possibility of a massively multiplayer adaptation.

Source: PCGamesN
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Gamie Glasglow

MtG, the King of P2P, the OG of P2W meets PWE, the King of lock boxes…. *shudders*

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of bank accounts suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened…

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Hravik

Is Cryptic Studios…stopped right there. That’s everything I need to know to stay away. Far away.

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Nick

I am about 95% sure they are.

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kidwithknife

Hmm… on the one hand, a MtG MMO could be really great, and I do like Neverwinter pretty well. On the other hand, I don’t love Cryptic/PWE’s super aggressive monetization approach. Enh. I guess this’ll be a wait and see, I’m not really jonesing for a new MMO right now anyway.

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Tamanous

Are they truly making an mmorpg based upon the lore? Or simply buying the very cow that started the video game trend toward RNG box cash shop purchasing?

I simply cannot see them not milking this cash shop mechanic to the fullest if merely because it’s PWE/Cryptic and also a game by Wizards of the Coast who not only perfected this bandwagon marketing but helped build the very wagon itself.

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Greaterdivinity

Meh. I used to love MTG, but I stopped playing long ago and the game is barely recognizable nowadays. None of their licensed games have impressed me in the slightest in recent years, either.

I’m a bit optimistic as I’ve generally enjoyed Cryptic’s games, but that’s severely tempered given my skepticism about WotC screwing things up by being stupid. Hoping it’s not a card game, but rather more of a proper MMORPG that’s set in the MTG universe. That’d be way more interesting to me.

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semugh

hmm interesting. I don’t like card games but if they make a mobile client then I will play. I hope there will be some cross promo with NW.

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NeoWolf

A game where they can sell card packs in place of lockboxes for real money…yeah I can see why they’d be all over that. Pass I have the actual CCG and that cost enough lol.

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Richard de Leon III

True, and you have a physical card to keep for your collection which is a big plus in my book.

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Togashi Kokujin

Even if it is a Magic: The Gathering MMO, there’s just so many possibilities what it could be … if it’s based on the card game, there’s a huge chance that it will be the pure definition of “pay to win” (as Gamie Glasgow pointed out). If it’s based on the “story” of MtG, it could be utterly horrible as well – the “Gatewatch” teeny-Avengers-Planeswalker-crew is just about the dumbest group of characters to base stories on. If it would be based on the worlds & art of Magic, though, hm. I like those – and a multiverse rich in magic, creatures and background lore could, in theory, make a good game.
But then, there’s also the track record of every Magic game ever made: most of them were so deeply flawed in so many ways, it would be a huge step if something different were made.

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Jeff

There is only one set of the novels I read where I thought:
“Hey Jeff?”
“Yeah dude?”
“This would make a good MMO”
“Are you high?”
“Yeah man but that besides the point”
“Cool…maybe it would.”