Magic: The Gathering announces new online game, still no word on Cryptic’s MMO edition

Remember how former Turbine President Jeffrey Steefel was snapped up by Wizards of the Coast this past January to head up a digital games studio for the studio’s IPs? Now we know the big project that his team was making: Magic: The Gathering Arena, a F2P digital card game that’s coming soon.

Made for PC and mobile, Magic: The Gathering Arena is a full-fledged Magic game with “full rules and ongoing content support for new card sets.” It sounds as though Arena might well be a replacement for the creaky and faulty Magic Online, although the studio wasn’t saying if this will be the case.

“We want to create the deepest, richest digital card game on the market, and for it to be as much fun to watch as it is to play,” said Steefel in a press release. Magic: The Gathering Arena is taking beta signups and will begin testing Constructed play from the Ixalan set later this year.

And if you were hoping to hear some more details on Cryptic’s Magic: The Gathering MMO that the studio briefly announced back in June, we’ve got nothing for you. The studio’s been quiet on that front, but rest assured, we’re watching it like a 1/1 hawk.

Source: Press release, Magic: The Gathering Arena
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Togashi Kokujin
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I’m actually very much looking forward to this, and have just dusted off my old DCI membership card to sign up for the closed beta. Hopefully they will really take some money into their hands and hire decent programmers not only for the game itself, but also for the network code. Previous games in the Magic franchise were so riddled with problems and limitations that it wasn’t even funny anymore.
It would be nice to see this program grow into a replacement for Magic Online, too. God, that thing is so clunky – Magic Online really feels like the last holdout of “Windows for Workgroups”-software. Of course, collections from Magic Online (and the great variety of playmodes like Commander) would need to be ported to the new game, so I guess this will take … some time.
I’m cautiously optimistic and a bit excited :-)

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DrSteinman

It’s a replacement for the trash MTGO client and a last-ditch attempt at breaking into the online card game scene that has now become Hearthstone and tons of other smaller games fighting for the market share.

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Bhima Jenkins

The word on Cryptic’s MMO just needs to be one: Lootboxes.

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Richard de Leon III

I hope they dont sunset Magic Online, although i havent bought packs there in a while, I do have a significant collection. IF this replaces it, I hope they let us bring our old M:O collection with us, even tho it’s unlikely.

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Tia Nadiezja

This is a replacement for Duels. Magic Online is a cash cow, and replacing it would cause enormous outcry.

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Armsbend

MTG releases a new game every couple of weeks on mobile. Can you guys set up a bot to run this article every two weeks?

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Oleg Chebeneev

I wish someone made something like Might & Magic: Duel of Champions. Was my favourite card game by far. 2 rows added so much depth to gameplay.

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vengaul

The Elder Scrolls card game uses 2 rows.

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Oleg Chebeneev

I know but its not like MMDoC. MOre simple

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pepperzine

As a fan of hearthstone, I’d like to try this out when it launches. The other magic the gathering mobile games I’ve tried didn’t do well at holding my interest, but I want this to be a good alternative.

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Calien McCarthy

Hearthstone and MTG are as different as night and potatoes. Other than the fact both are card games, there are really no similarities.

DO NOT expect a Hearthstone-like experience from any MTG game, digital or otherwise. Speaking as some one who as played MTG both in person and digitally for a number of years, and played Hearthstone since release, I can say with authority you will be disappointed.

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