Today, the team behind Neverwinter – Wizards of the Coast, Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment – have announced an extension of their partnership with a new title based on the Magic: The Gathering trading card game.

The world’s most popular strategy card game, Magic: The Gathering transforms players into Planeswalkers, powerful mages who can travel between planes, cast spells and summon mythical creatures. The beloved trading card game has over 20 million fans across more than 70 countries, and is available in 11 languages. Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios’ new RPG will allow fans of the game to fully immerse themselves in the Multiverse, the rich fantasy world in which Magic: The Gathering takes place.

Under development as “part of Wizards of the Coast’s Magic Digital Next initiative to extend gameplay beyond the tabletop”, Cryptic Studios is currently ramping up production in its Los Gatos headquarters for the development of the game.

While the press release calls it a “AAA RPG is currently being developed from the ground up for both PC and console”, MMO Central reached out to Perfect World to see if the new title will follow the MMO roots of Neverwinter and Star Trek Online. Unfortunately, while they did respond, they stated that they had no further details to share at this early stage – we will certainly keep an eye on any developments and share details as we have them on the potential for MMO gameplay for this soon-to-be developed title.

Update (06/07): Cryptic Studios themselves have broken the radio silence on whether the title is to be an MMO or not via their official splash site where they confirm that this new title will be a MMORPG.

Experience stunning visuals and sound as we bring Magic to life in this next generation MMORPG. As a Planeswalker, you explore amazing worlds, combat powerful creatures, and meet the legendary beings that shape the fate of the multiverse.

Expect continuing coverage in the future here on MMO Central.

Source: Press Release, Official Site


Andy "Zap-Robo" Barber

Editor in Chief at MMO Central
Hailing from the British Isles, Andy is now a resident of Ohio, USA where he rests comfortably with his wife, two dog and son. Previously best known for the operation of the WildStar Central fansite, he has taken his passion for the MMO genre (beginning with Earth and Beyond) to the next level with MMOC.

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