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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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.”

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James

Oh this can go wrong in some many many many ways.

Starting with what route and angle they take

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Gamie Glasglow

OMFG spare me. I had been an off and on MTG player since Revised edition, a few years ago I finally cut the cord for good. MTG was, is and always will be PTP & PTW in purest form. It’s disgusting. The implementation of the online version was just more salt in the wounds. There is no reason why they couldn’t run tourneys where everyone has access to every card in the block that was being played. Level ground.

I am salty. Spent more time and money playing and traveling to play that game…. I can only imagine how WOTC with cryptic will manage to nickel and dime the players to death. Nope… Just nope

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Jordan Myers

I have to completely disagree. The best decks that take hundreds of packs to build are still based on luck. During the torment age I only bought a pack a week and I used a mostly stand edition red burn deck with some torment cards so alot of cards were inherited from my bro and I ended up taking 2nd place against a guy o knew who bought an entire box when torment came out and a few packs a week. He had a great deck but I pushed him so hard to a 2 to 1 loss that he split half the box of judgement booster that just came out.

It’s skill luck and strategy any card is useful when played right.

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Gamie Glasglow

You haven’t played competitively in the last decade have you?

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johnwillo

Dammit! This is going to compete with my Gin Rummy MMO!

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Koshelkin

It would be interesting. The setting is very open and allows a wide variety of scenarios. Magic’s planeswalker would be perfect player characters(and the known planeswalkers from the game make perfect npc’s), too, heavily lore-based heroes/antiheroes.

High-Fantasy with tiny steampunk influences, a varied lore, and hundreds of already existing set pieces. It would be a good fit for a MMO

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squidgod2000

As long as it’s not even remotely a TCG, I might be interested.

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Serrenity

I would love to see a legit, lore-based reason for cards … Like Yu-Gi-Oh, just … Ya know, better

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CloakingDonkey .

*sigh* I mean this could be good don’t get me wrong… but would it kill you Wizards to just put out a fucking online version of magic that isn’t garbage? Please? No? Another weird experiment that may or may not be good? Ok then…

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Sterling

And here I was worrying Cryptic wouldn’t be able to ruin another IP anytime soon.

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Kala Mona

Wow this sounds exciting, but there are so many ways it can go wrong…

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Richard de Leon III

Mtg:mmo…good god my wallet….
Considering how pervasive the cash shop is on neverwinter, then combine that with a ccg-style spell system? I’ll either go bankrupt or stay the hell far away from it. My ability to defend cryptic only goes so far…

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Reht

Yeah, love the IP, but have also played enough video game versions. A legit MMO could be interesting.

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kanbe

If they do make a MTG mmo I would love to give it a try. The only downside would be if it’s Cryptic I’d have to keep opening lock boxes until the game finally pops out.

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Koshelkin

That’s not Cryptic but PWE. In the end it doesn’t matter, though.

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