The Game Award Show saw the announcement of multiple new products coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Personal Computer. One of the most unexpected reports was that Magic: The Gathering would be moving into a new entertainment format. Instead of providing compelling mystical stories through card-based games, Perfect World partnered with Cryptic Studios to create a new massively-multiplayer open-world game. The new MMO is named Magic Legends, which was announced with a cinematic trailer. Beta testing is slated to begin in Q2 2020 and will allow consumers to create their characters in this magical landscape.
Magic Legends is being developed by Cryptic Studios, who formally headed up the development cycle for Dungeons and Dragons: The MMO in Neverwinter. Cryptic Studios also designed Star Trek Online, which grew to become one of the most popular MMO’s in existence. Cryptic Studios still continually updates both their previous MMO’s, which is slated to end with the new instalment of Magic Legends. This cinematic announcement trailer confirmed that Magic Legends would be series to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The Game Awards Show expects more information in 2020.
The Studios Excitement
When the cinematic announcement trailer was released to the public, it was clear that audience reactions exited cryptic Studios. There hadn’t been any information leaks or rumours regarding this game, which is a rarity in the industry. When speaking with reporters, PR Representatives for the development studio mentioned that this is one of their favourite franchises. The team they’ve assembled for the development of Magic Legends included individuals passionate about the card game; we purposely hired employees with extensive knowledge on the MTG Universe.
Full details regarding this game are expected to release by the 2020 Game Award Show. However, Cryptic Studios did note that they will provide more insight into the development process come January 2020. Rumours surrounding this game have begun on Reddit since its announcement, with most speculating that classes will include Mage and Knight. Fans of MMO’s are discussing the potential of MTA creatures being rideable or houses being available for creation. Regardless of what gameplay features are implemented, this will surely be a popular MMO going forward.