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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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