What Will The Magic: The Gathering MMORPG Look Like?

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor June 14, 2017
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Last week, Cryptic Studios and Wizards of the Coast announced a new upcoming Magic: The Gathering MMORPG. To resolve any confusion: While the initial press release referred to the game as an “RPG,” indicating the possibility of a single-player title, it's since been confirmed as a “free-to-play, action MMORPG,” according to the official website for the game.

So what exactly does that mean? According to a recent interview with GamesIndustry, Cryptic CEO Steven D'Angelo about “Taking an IP and making it your own,”

“you are pushing the boundaries of their IP in directions that they did not anticipate going. You're creating dozens or hundreds of characters they didn't have in their worlds, places they never had to go.”

While he's mostly talking about his team's experience with Star Trek Online, later parts of the interview refer to that as “a template the studio is deliberately trying to follow” and D'Angelo himself says that:

“My intent is to go forward with a Magic game that is not about the card game … It's about jumping into the world and the fiction of Magic: The Gathering.”

So this isn't Hearthstone, Part II, despite the recent news about Magic Duels. It appears to all the world that this game will be a full MMORPG, with all that entails. Maybe cards will be involved in some way, but you'll probably be steering an avatar through the world, just like in Neverwinter or Star Trek Online.

Given its card-game origins, however, I'd expect some base aspect of Magic: The Gathering to bleed through. Summoning creatures would be a natural extension of this, running alongside their wizard masters and causing all kinds of havoc. Or maybe you'll collect cards in the game (and, inevitably, the cash shop), and they'll double as skills – some that summon creatures or artifacts and some that cast spells – that can be assigned to a traditional hotbar.

What do you guys think? How do you think the Magic: The Gathering MMORPG will look?

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Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (9)

PlumFun 3 years ago
"confirmed as a “free-to-play, action MMORPG,” WHOOP! WHOOP! WHOOP! ... RED ALERT! RED ALERT!

Anytime you hear "free to play", you can equate that with "Shut up, give us money, if you don't like it, eff off!". It's basically what anyone needs to say to the narcissistic sociopaths that tend to be CEO's and other Big Wigs in positions of power to get them to give you money to develop it.

"I have an Idea for a new MMO..."
"Stop right there. Let me just say...eff'off. There's the door"
"Er...did I mention it would be free to play?"
"Are you TRYING to piss me off?"
"Uh, what I meant was, it will have microtransactions and loot boxes...?"
"Hmmm....you've got my attention....tell me more...especially about those microtransactions..."

Hellsworth 4 years ago
You'll probably be a "Planeswalker" that much should be certain.

yokki 4 years ago
since it will be from craptic it will be p2w, full of exploits unpatched for months, gold sellers not banned for ever, recycled copy paste "new" areas and events.

Stephen Fielding 4 years ago
I'm guessing it'll work like a tradition mmorpg, there will be class type wizards like a fire wizard, earth, water, wind etc etc each wizard will have to use certain spells to gain resources to use more powerful abilities, instead of summons the cards attacking or being summoned (like in the TCG) the said wizards will be able to use cast those abilities as spells for offence, support or defense builds. The abilities animations will inherit some of the avatars from the cards momentarily...

Guy 4 years ago
I kinda imagine it like wizard101 but with magic cards instead and instead of wizards planeswalkers

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TianlanSha 4 years ago
It will be about walking around with a backpack full of jars gathering magic in them and selling it for money, which you use yo buy bigger jars and a bigger backpack so you can gather more magic and sell it for even bigger jars and a bigger backpack so you can gather even more magic...

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shitrion 4 years ago
"How do you think the Magic: The Gathering MMORPG will look?"
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Like every other premium founders pack cash grab whale milking pay to win cash shop pay wall grind fest mmorpg.


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