Cryptic announces brand-new Magic: The Gathering MMORPG

One of the largest and longest-running collectible card games is about to become a brand-new role-playing video game, courtesy of Cryptic Studios. Cryptic and Perfect World Entertainment announced today that it is ramping up development on a Magic: The Gathering MMORPG in partnership with Wizards of the Coast.

The untitled game is being made “from the ground up” for both PC and console as a top-tier release and is part of Wizards of the Coast’s Magic Digital Next initiative. According to the press release, the RPG will allow players to “fully immerse themselves in the Multiverse.”

“Everything from the graphics to the gameplay is being targeted for a truly unique AAA game,” said Cryptic CEO Stephen D’Angelo. “We’re thrilled to provide Magic fans with an opportunity to explore the game’s worlds and characters through an entirely new lens. Get ready to embark on a brand new journey.”

Cryptic said that more details, including the title of the game, will be revealed at a later date. It is not clear whether this game will be an MMO such as the studio’s other games, Neverwinter, Star Trek Online, and Champions Online.

Update: Cryptic’s newly launched website confirms that this will be, in fact, an MMORPG. “Cryptic Studios is developing a new free-to-play, action MMORPG based on Magic: The Gathering, the acclaimed strategic card game,” the studio’s site said. “Experience stunning visuals and sound as we bring Magic to life in this next generation MMORPG. As a Planeswalker, you explore amazing worlds, combat powerful creatures, and meet the legendary beings that shape the fate of the multiverse.”

The project doesn’t come as a complete surprise, as we’ve had hints that such a game has been in the making all year. Last month, Cryptic posted a job listing for an art director on an IP-heavy game which had some people thinking of a Magic connection.

Source: Cryptic Studios, Press release
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kelvar

Too bad it’s going to be free to play…

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Fenna

they going to find a way to add billions of lockbox to this i’m sure

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David Goodman

I love the Magic lore and world-building they do, so i’m interested in seeing how it will be translated into an online game sphere – it will have to have a uniquely “M:TG” feel to it, though, or it’s just going to be yet another fantasy meh-meh-oh.

Worth keeping my eye on. There’s a lot of ways this can go wrong.

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dredkey

Folks saying M:tG has traditionally been “P2W” are incorrect.
There are two kinds of tournaments: Limited and Constructed.
In Limited tournaments, which are more popular, each competitor receives the same number of randomly distributed packs of cards to play with on the day of the event.
In Constructed tournaments, each player is responsible for obtaining their own cards prior to the event, but once you’ve obtained the cards for your deck, there’s no further incentive to spend. In other words, cost is a barrier to entry but not a victory condition.

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Chosenxeno .

Sounds cool but I think a Hearthstone MMORPG would be better imo fr fr.

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Targeter

i c wut u did thar

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Neurotic

Hopefully they have a new engine for it, because as much as I love NW and STO, man, those things are stiff.

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Somewhat Eclectic

So … are the mechanics going to function around everyone being able to summon a ton of pets or something? I mean I could kind of get behind a game where everyone functions a little bit like CoH’s Mastermind class or maybe the Theurgist/Animist/Bonedancer from DAoC?

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Makhiel

I’m curious what the gameplay will be. Sure, Magic is fun but I don’t think you can translate the card game mechanics into an MMO. I don’t think the lore is enough to pull people in.

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Chosenxeno .

Wizard 101 has been doing it for years:)

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FreecczLaw

I personally hope we see something like Wakfu/Dofus with real turn based combat. I doubt it because I don’t think most people want it, but I think it could be an interesting fit for a MtG mmo.

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deekay_plus

it’ll be the same underlying rpg mechanics every other cryptic game has with some gimmick overtop to differentiate it.

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Brian McBride

Yes! Where is the lifetime Cryptic purchase? My Champions Online one is getting lonely!

Ahh, Cryptic. The company that put me off preorders and lifetime subs forever.

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Jeff

Just make the game realm based and like the novels anything less is failure

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Degan

Well, I’m sure that there is at least one person who is excited about this news and can’t wait for the Cryptic/PWE version of Lockbox the Gathering.

Then there are those like me who eyerolled themselves out of their chair!

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yoh_sl

I’m a little incredulous.
While I am a fan of the universe of Magic the Gathering, I’m conditioned to expect that in terms of actual mechanics it’ll just another WoW clone/themepark drivel we’ve all seen a hundred times already. And like a lot of people, am kind of sick of that game already.

The game will live or die on it’s mechanics, and I don’t hold a lot of hope of it actually being all that different. Maybe it’ll be different, maybe they can include CCG mechanics in there somewhere. But I am not holding my breath, been down this road too many times before.
I know how it typically ends.

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MikeInTheLab

MTG + MMO =

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Jonny Sage

You lost me at console.

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Terren Bruce

While I don’t hold out much hope that I’ll be able to endure their nickel-and-dime version of free-to-play I do find it very interesting that a non-indie western developer is working on an MMO at all. Just for that alone it will be interesting to follow the news on this game as it develops.

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Mikka Hansen

heh, the one game that could be extremly pay to win and noone would argue because that’d be being faithful to the base material

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kidwithknife

Hmm. I’ll check it out, but I won’t be shocked if it’s monetized all to hell and back like Neverwinter. Still, Neverwinter has enough to like that it almost leaves me willing to deal with all that nonsense. And I do like the MtG universe quite a bit, some really good nostalgia factor going on there for me.

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mcsleaz

You lost me @ “Cryptic”.

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semugh

if it’s a card game, please make a mobile client too…

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Norlamin

“Free-To-Play”

It’s amazing how three simple words can instantly turn me off of a game. Than again, “Cryptic” and “PWE” paired with “Free-To-Play” is quite the horrific combination.

What a shame too, the Magic universe has always been interesting to me.

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Castagere Shaikura

Cryptic/PWE = lockboxes.

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Makhiel

Well MtG = lockboxes booster packs, seems like they’re in the right place. :)

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Bhima Jenkins

Yeop! Couldn’t be a Cryptic/PWE game without them. And don’t forget limited bag space, and identical items that take up 3 bag slots because there are 3 different bound versions of the same material: ie: character bound, account bound and bound on equip.

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Andrew Ross

Used to read MtG books as a kid, so I’m interested to see how this plays out gameplay wise.

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Alex Hurlbut

So….play as a planeswalker. I guess the abilities or classes would be Mana Color themed. I like the White-Red combination XD

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Matthew Yetter

Cryptic is way too good at over-promising and under-delivering for me to get very excited about this. It’ll be fun to watch and see what happens. Maybe the game itself will end up being good. Or maybe it will end up being a good opportunity to stand on the sidelines and sell popcorn. :p

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Thomas

I had a good bit of fun with both Neverwinter and STO, so I’m cautiously optimistic/curious about this game. I didn’t find the PWE business model to be all that bad, and I like Cryptic quite a bit.

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balte04

FUCK YES, SO EXCITED!!!

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butterpanda888

I’ve been reading so many “Cryptic sucks” or “Pay-to-Win Confirmed” or other such responses, that upon seeing this response, I’m glad that I am not the only one that is simply super excited about this.

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cambruin

free-to-play, action MMORPG

Lost me there…

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A Dad Supreme

The Ancient Cash Shop Gods just smiled a little bit on this announcement.

Now for a title: Wallet: The Collecting.

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Mendoras

AAA game? But Crytic is not an AAA Team tbh. The make solid games, but not a single one of them is as polished and complete as I think a AAA game should be.

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Jeremy

PWE/Cryptic? Ugg…..why?? Only thing worse would be Trion.

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Darthbawl

Partial meh. Other than WOTC, not thrilled with the other companies. I cut my CCG teeth wayyyyy back in the mid 90’s on Unlimited/Revised/4th, wished I still had all those cards today. The idea of a MMO sounds intriguing. But way too early to say more.

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Ysayle was right

Please use a new engine. You’ve clearly stretched the one you’ve got as far as it’s gonna go.

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Alex Hurlbut

Yeah seriously by this point they should have a new engine in work. Wish they were given more time to develop STO instead of having to use their existing engine as a shortcut.

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Crowe

“Given more time?” They *bragged* about how quickly they got it to launch with their old engine. Meanwhile, those of us who beta tested posted over and over to the beta forums and were essentially ignored.

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deekay_plus

cryptic prides itself in how fast it pushes out content lite half baked games. they’ve been doing it for ages now.

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Mark

I would love if the Eldritch horrors known as the Eldrazi were in the game…maybe as Big Bads :)

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Cyclone Jack

Will Land cards require Lockboxes to tap?

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Skai R

I will for sure give this a try!

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Gamie Glasglow

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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NeoWolf

Although not in anticipation of it as opposed to in fear of the inevitable lockboxes *shudder*

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Loyheta

PWE? :C

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Rheem Octuris

Hopefully it turns out better than the then SOE-WotC collaboration game Magic: The Gathering: Tactics

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Bryan H

I want nothing to do with this game as long as PWE is involved.

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Paarthurnax Dragonhearth

Yay We can grind stuff in this IP NOW ! YAY

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Salmoneo

Why so much hate towards Cryptic? Isn’t their lockboxes policy imposed by perfect world ?

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Koshelkin

True. I’m ok with Cryptic as a developer, the real problem lies entirely with PWE.

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Targeter

Totally onboard for this.

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vikaernes

The official name of the game should be Magic: the Grab Bagging.

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boredinBC

Match made in heaven. MTG was the OG analogue lockbox after all.

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Hravik

And here I’ve been hoping for years someone gets the Star Trek rights out of their hands, and they get another IP I love.

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Alex Hurlbut

Just so you know, their hands were tied. The STO Project was taken from the original collapsed develop and given to them and told they had 2 years or such to develop it (before the rights reverted back to someone else). The only way they could do it was to use an existing engine they already had that wasn’t developed for the kind of stuff a space based MMORPG needed.

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Hravik

I’m well aware of their history. I stuck it out for years from the very start. The only thing that has really improved is the art assets. Foundry is all but abandoned, content usually comes in 15 minute chunks weeks or months apart, the combat mechanics are such that I can sleep during fights, the writing isn’t that great story wise, the crafting system is a study is mediocrity, the admiralty system basically allows you to fill out spec points without ever leaving space dock.

I could go on and on about the game’s flaws, and precious little good outside of pretty star trek ships. For the low low price of whole new games.

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John Mynard

I like STO the way it is and I’d hate for someone who has ingratiated themselves to Les Moonves to get the IP and we end up with Star Trek: The Old Republic.

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Panzerbjorne

Disappointing that Cryptic ends up with all these cool IPs only to destroy them with Free to play, lock boxes and super shitty development and support.
Cryptics bar for what constitutes a AAA game is so far below that of the likes of Square Enix or Bioware, or anyone. Poop on Cryptic.

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Skoryy

Cryptics bar for what constitutes a AAA game is so far below that of the likes of Square Enix or Bioware

Its almost as if Squeenix and EA are swimming in capital and PWE isn’t.

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Rheem Octuris

Yes, but the quality problems arose before the financial ones did. Telling a very different story.

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Armsman

There’s plenty of words I could use to describe SWTOR <— 'Quality' not among them. Yes, Bioware has lots of case; but it seems not much is put back into their games.

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John Mynard

The “quality problems” as you put it, resulted from Cryptic being put in a position of cleaning up someone else diarrhetic meltdown andputting out a functional product in just over a year. The fact that we’ve got a functioning game at all, much less one that is as good as STO is, is nothing short of miraculous. If you want a road map on how to run a successful MMO on a shoestring, you should talk to the folks at Cryptic is all I’m saying.

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Panzerbjorne

Blah blah blah, Cryptic has been using that crap for an excuse for far too long. The games been out for what seven years now?

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MesaSage

Maybe they can call it “From the Ground Up”.

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Jack Pipsam

I am not into the Magic IP, however I am interested to give it a try if Cryptic is involved.

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Hravik

Honestly I’m the opposite. Love magic, hate Cryptic.

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Mikka Hansen

yep, funny, its also the polar oppsite for me. big fan of mtg, not interested in cryptic/pwe at all

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Nathan Aldana

Oh good, a Magic the gathering game made by the kings of pointless lockboxes.

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Gamie Glasglow

MtG is the king of Pay to Win… A perfect pair!

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