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Hex: Shards of Fate

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4
Genre: Strategy
Developer: Cryptozoic Entertainment
Release Date: 2014

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'Hex: Shards of Fate' Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Settled

by Rainier on Sept. 25, 2015 @ 3:06 p.m. PDT

Hex: Shards of Fate combines the community and storytelling aspects of a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game with the compelling collectable and strategic game play of a trading card game to create an entirely new gaming experience.

A completely unique gaming experience, HEX: Shards of Fate was created from the ground up as a digital trading card game, free from the restrictions that come from being shackled to physical trading cards. Players will make their way through the dynamic MMO world featuring champions, dungeons, raids, and epic gear. Cards can be found while battling within the world or purchased in 15 card Booster Packs.

The magic of HEX: Shards of Fate comes from the digital nature of the game. Not only are player's in-game avatars able to level up across a range of stats, but the cards themselves have unique attributes as well. Each card has a "double back" which reveals digital challenges and achievements for that card. Cards also have socketed slots for adding gems that fundamentally change how the card plays, allowing players to modify and individualize their collection to suit their play style, with billions of potential results.

Wizards of the Coast, Cryptozoic Entertainment, and Hex Entertainment, have resolved a litigation filed in May of last year claiming willful infringement of intellectual property rights (copyright, patent and trade dress infringement) arising from the digital trading card game, Hex: Shards of Fate. The parties have entered into a settlement agreement and license with undisclosed terms.

"We recognize that Wizards owns valuable intellectual property in Magic: The Gathering, are happy to have this matter settled and excited to move forward with Hex: Shards of Fate,” said Hex Entertainment President and CEO Cory Jones. “We believe that the gaming community will benefit from knowing that Hex: Shards of Fate is no longer subject to litigation.”

"Wizards of the Coast has always welcomed new games to the trading card game genre, and we encourage TCG fans to not only play Magic, but to try many different games. However, we will not hesitate to take action to protect our intellectual property and the amazing work of hundreds of dedicated Magic team members around the world. That is why we brought this lawsuit and why we are happy to announce its resolution through a settlement and license that both protects the valuable intellectual property of Magic: The Gathering and allows Cryptozoic and Hex to move forward with Hex: Shards of Fate,” said Wizards of the Coast CEO, Greg Leeds.

Key Features:

  • Digital Trading Card Experience: Have access to your deck from anywhere in the world!
  • Unique “Double Back” Cards: Flip your card to see its back; flip it again to see its double back!
  • Digital challenges and achievements can evolve a card from a Dragon Egg to a mighty Dragon as it gets used in battle.
  • Socketed Cards: Collect gems, and use them to change how cards play and customize your deck. The combinations are endless as you mix and match to create your own perfect combo.
  • Transforming Cards: Harness the power of transforming cards, which change mid-match as you play.
  • PvP and PvE Gameplay: Play in a variety of different ways against friends! PvE dungeons will include hundreds of Booster Pack cards and customizable character cards.
  • Online Play Sessions: With dozens of daily tournaments, on demand 8-player drafts and (potentially) real cash prizes, HEX: Shards of Fateis poised to be the definitive professional online TCG.

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