Everyone knows that Cryptic’s business models for its MMOs have been both loved and loathed by many, so we should expect that same community division over the reveal of Magic Legends’ free-to-play structure.
We’ll start with the freebies: All players will be able to access a base set of classes and all playable content for free. They’ll also be able to collect spell shards to build up their card library and access a free seasonal “Battle Pass” track to earn extra rewards.
So how’s Cryptic going to make money? Lockboxes, lockboxes, and more lockboxes — or as the studio calls them here, “booster packs.” Aww, it’s so adorable you almost don’t want to call it what it really is. Through these random prize packs, players can pay for a chance to get spells, artifacts, and exclusive classes (although Cryptic quickly points out that these classes are not more powerful vertically, just more flexible horizontally).
The studio’s also going to outright sell new specially themed classes, convenience items (“loadout slots, deck slots, XP boosts, and other items that assist with leveling”), and a paid Battle Pass track with even more rewards.