Magic Legends has soft launched into open beta, bringing Magic the Gathering to PC fans

    
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PWE and Cryptic’s Magic the Gathering game has been delayed and demoted from its original MMORPG status over the years, but now it’s finally here, as the studios are officially soft-launching it as Magic Legends today, Neverwinter-style with a free-to-play open beta.

“Today, Perfect World Entertainment, a leading publisher of online games, and Cryptic Studios announced Magic: Legends has entered Open Beta on Arc Games and the Epic Games Store. For the first time ever, millions of players from around the world will be able to experience the free-to-play, persistent-world, action RPG set in the iconic Multiverse of Magic: The Gathering. Those who join the game’s Open Beta will assume the role of a powerful, spell-wielding Planeswalker and travel across five diverse regions while collecting more than 175 powerful mana-based spells and 170 pieces of Equipment inspired by the original strategy game.”

Do note that you can play either through PWE’s Arc launcher or the Epic Games Store, and depending on which one you pick, there’s a bundle of goodies in it for you, though it does sound as if EGS was having problems earlier. The full PC launch, along with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 launch, is still expected “later this year.”

MOP’s own Eliot Lefebvre toured the game earlier this month, finding a fun romp for those expecting the “persistent world hack-n-cast online action RPG” that the game transformed into last year. If you wanted the MMO the studios originally announced, however, you might come away disappointed. But you’re an MMO fan, so you’re used to that. The launch pics and trailer are down below.

Here’s a quick recap of all of our coverage of the game, from its first hints to now:

Source: Press release
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I say this without hyperbole that Cryptic and WOTC, two of the most money grabbing companies teaming up for project and to the shock of no one it’s absolutely P2W. This game essentially takes every lesson from STO and Neverwinter and marries it to this monetization nightmare.

As someone that has played STO for years and seen Cryptic fall deeper into this way of monetizing their products I would tell anyone that reads this to stay away from their games and play something else. Path of Exile for instance is better and they’re releasing Path of Exile 2 next year.

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Khrome

The biggest criticism is that it’s just not Magic.

It uses some of the terms and setting, but it misinterprets them and tries to shoehorn them into a game which is, to be frank, uninspired at best – Which is made even worse by the extreme emphasis on the cash shop even before it’s released.

If the game feels more P2W than the trading card game it’s based on something has gone wrong somewhere.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Needs another year.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

IMO – this is Torchlight 3 all over again, but with much worse overall design and much less polish…….even if I compared it to the T3 Alpha.

I made it to ~level 22…I think, max is 30. Played a few hours Tuesday night, quite a bit yesterday, and a bit this morning with with no sense of progression at any point.

The only thing that looks complete is the store – go figure.

This is why I am not obscenely rich….I would never think people would spend money on things of this quality and would feel too guilty to ask them to…..damn you morals!!!

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Neurotic

I will try it tonight, but I’m not holding my breath simply because it is an OB, and seemingly a very early one at that.

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Neurotic

“But you’re an MMO fan, so you’re used to that.” I’m crying into my ‘phone, which we all have.

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Wynne Rogers

I am skeptical about this. Seems like the same engine they use for Champions and Neverwinter, and much like those games has a lot of potential with its RMTs becoming a heavy weight around its neck. Which is what I expected. Perfect World Interactive is super ass about how they do their Micros.

Honestly was hoping for more of an ARPG Pikmin-type game. But the fine controls of my summons were just not there. It is made harder with the UI is optimized for the controller and not KB+M. Plus the game is a performance hog

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Yangers

It is some pay to win hot garbage.

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Diego Lindenmeyer

Looked cool, but is just another money-grab…
But gonna try a little more, but the paywall is sad.

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ihatevnecks

It’s certainly bringing something to PC fans. I’m not quite sure what that is though.