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Magic: Legends launches in 2020 for PC, 2021 for PS4 and Xbox One; beta testing begins this spring

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Free-to-play massively multiplayer online action RPG Magic: Legends will launch for PC in 2020, and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2021, publisher Perfect World Entertainment and developer Crytpic Studios announced.

The first beta test will be held this spring and introuce two new Planeswalkers, “the earth-shattering Geomancer and the psychic power-wielding Mind Mage.” Sign-ups are available now at the official website.

“Our entire team was overwhelmed by the incredible response we received from gamers and Magic: The Gathering fans when we announced Magic: Legends last month,” said Magic: Legends executive producer Stephen Ricossa in a press release. “Now, we’re excited to reveal a first look at what makes this game truly special. We can’t wait for players to assume the role of a Planeswalker and collect powerful spells to take on some of the most dangerous adversaries in the known multiverse.”

Here is an overview of the game, via Perfect World Entertainment:
About

From the developers behind Neverwinter comes a new top-down MMO Action RPG featuring fast-paced combat inspired by Magic: The Gathering. 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.

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.
Classes

Here is a closer look at the first two classes announced for Magic: Legends:

  • The Geomancer draws upon the power of the Earth to pummel enemies in close quarters with devastating stone and lava attacks. They are capable of absorbing blows that would otherwise incapacitate other Planeswalkers with their rock shield. Geomancers prefer to call upon creatures like goblins, kavu and earth elementals.
  • The Mind Mage personifies cool intellect. As a Planeswalker that focuses on psychic powers, they can battle enemies from a safe distance, controlling projectiles with telekinetic powers, and lock down dangerous foes with spells that put them to sleep, or turn them against their allies.
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Zefah

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This seems out of left field. I like Diablo-likes and I like Magic, so I'll definitely at least check it out.
 
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I'll check it out but this just feels weird. Shouldn't they be putting every resource available into Arena? Live human drafting, Cube, Pioneer sets??? Like, they literally just managed to implement a friend system a full year after open beta, and there's still no way to talk to anyone.
 

Zefah

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I'll check it out but this just feels weird. Shouldn't they be putting every resource available into Arena? Live human drafting, Cube, Pioneer sets??? Like, they literally just managed to implement a friend system a full year after open beta, and there's still no way to talk to anyone.
This looks more like an IP licensing deal with Cryptic as the developer and Perfect World as the publisher. Doubt any Magic Arena development resources are being sidetracked by this project.