Magic: Legends

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Perfect World
Developer: Cryptic Studios
Release Date: Spring 2021

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'Magic: Legends' (ALL) Delayed Until Spring 2021

by Rainier on Oct. 1, 2020 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT

Magic: Legends is an MMO action RPG set on the iconic planes of Magic: The Gathering.

The time has come for Magic fans and MMO Action RPG fans alike to become Planeswalkers and save the multiverse from its greatest threat. Players will explore some of the franchise’s most iconic planes, collect mana-based spells and gather the power needed to overtake their enemies during combat.

An ancient force moves in darkness, posing an ever-growing threat to the entire multiverse. Players will experience the power of becoming a Planeswalker as they discover exciting mana-based spells and strategically build out the perfect hand of balanced attacks to control the chaos of the battlefield. While openly exploring the vast planes from Magic: The Gathering, players will fight alongside iconic characters and legendary creatures made popular by the original card game.

Among the longtime fans of Magic: The Gathering is the development team at Cryptic Studios, who have been working on the game behind-the-scenes since 2017. Development of this MMO action RPG is an extension of a licensing partnership between Wizards of the Coast and Cryptic Studios following the success of Neverwinter, the critically acclaimed MMO based on the tabletop adventure, Dungeons & Dragons. The team currently developing Magic: Legends is helmed by executive producer, Stephen Ricossa, former executive producer behind the popular MMORPG, Star Trek Online.

Our team is still sheltering at home during the pandemic, but staying hard at work producing assets and features, and playtesting/tuning the game to deliver the best experience possible. More spells and artifacts have come to life, more of our features are now fleshed out, and the experience of playing the game has improved dramatically. Every day when we playtest the game it feels more like an experience the Magic and ARPG communities will love, and less like a collection of individual parts.

We have also had two Closed Alpha playtests in which more than 60,000 people got a chance to participate and give feedback on the game. Thanks to your detailed feedback through forums and surveys, in addition to the analytics data we got from our servers, we were able to learn crucial things about the game we are building and how players engage with it. We’ve been able to adjust the game’s tutorial and onboarding experiences as well as the character progression curves, reward cadences, and more. This has been an exciting time within the game’s development during which we’re finally able to make adjustments based upon the feedback of our growing community.

While we evaluated player feedback and saw quite a bit of positivity, we also saw some opportunities to make impactful adjustments. These opportunities include improvements to the player experience, loadout options, tutorial flow, storytelling, and more, in order to do the storied Multiverse of Magic justice. To that end, we’ve decided to shift the release of Magic: Legends to the Spring of next year to ensure we deliver the highest quality Magic experience we possibly can.

This additional time allows for more Closed Alpha playtests and player feedback that will help us refine the experience even more. At the end of October, another round of players will get invites for an early look at Magic: Legends and participate in our third Closed Alpha. Be sure to sign up for a chance to jump in future playtests at the official website. While the team is heads-down working on these changes, you can expect less frequent updates. We'll be back closer to release to show and discuss all of the improvements we’ve made thanks to your feedback!"

Stay safe, and I’ll see you in the Multiverse!

Stephen Ricossa
Executive Producer
Magic: Legends

Key Features:

  • Become a Planeswalker – Players can choose from five diverse classes and switch between different Planeswalkers at any time.
  • Walk Your Own Path – Players will need to cross various planes to save the multiverse, but how they weave their path is up to them.
  • Control the Chaos – Control the chaos in real-time combat. Choosing what spells go into each hand requires strategy, as they will be drawn at random during attacks.
  • Collect and Upgrade – Players will discover a myriad of spells and collect spell fragments to make them more powerful.
  • Fight Together –The planes in Magic: Legends can be traversed alone or with up to two other Planeswalkers.

Magic: Legends will make its worldwide debut on PC, Xbox One and PS4 in Spring 2021.

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