Wizards of the Coast Ceasing Development On Magic Duels

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor June 13, 2017
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Magic: The Gathering's answer to Hearthstone, Magic Duels, will soon be consigned to the virtual dustbin. Wizards of the Coast VP of Digital Game Development (and former producer for Turbine's MMOs) Jeffrey Steefel informed players today that Magic Duels will only receive one more expansion before development ceases.

In today's blog post, Steefel hypes up Magic's other online properties, including Cryptic Studios' recently announced F2P Magic MMO, before getting on to the bad news: The next expansion, Amonkhet, will be the last one released for Magic Duels. The game is currently still downloadable and playable, though there's no indication as to how long that will remain the case.

While Duels never really clicked for me, the move still comes as a little surprising if you look at the game's player base on Steam -- about 3,000 average players daily, enough to let it sneak into the top 100 most-played games on the platform. Perhaps the monetization of those players wasn't as good as WotC hoped, or the potential profits were dwarfed by that of other Magic properties.

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About the Author

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 (3)

Maria 5 years ago
" informed players today that Magic Duels will only receive one more expansion before development ceases" actually, no, it will not. Amonkhet was released in May and is the last update

Jason Wagner 5 years ago
That's disappointing! I've been playing Duels for a few months and feel the benefits outweigh any minor complaints I have about the game. Life is busy and it's hard to dismiss the convenience of dueling any time of day. (Matches generally run less than ten minutes, which is nice.) I plan to enjoy it while it lasts .

Brian Janssen 5 years ago
I spent good money on duels. I'm done buying wotc's products.


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