Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios have opened up the beta for Magic: Legends on Arc Games and the Epic Games Store. The action-RPG is free-to-play, and supported by purchasable random card packs.
In Magic: Legends players take on the role of a planeswalker, a mage capable of wielding powerful magic via cards, drawn from the Magic: The Gathering collectible card game. The beta features five character classes, representing each of the five main colors in Magic, and over 175 mana-based spell cards.
“This is truly a historic moment for the team here at Cryptic Studios,” said Stephen Ricossa, executive producer, Cryptic Studios. “Magic: Legends has come such a long way since we first pitched the idea to Wizards of the Coast back in 2016. The team has spent the last few years creating an action-RPG experience unlike any other, which combines the power fantasy of becoming a Planeswalker with fast-paced combat tied to strategic deckbuilding. We’re excited for players to take their first steps into the Multiverse today.”
Magic: Legends combines fast-paced hack and slash gameplay with a digital card game. Players build a deck of spells from their library. While battling through waves of enemies, spells are drawn randomly, changing what skills you have available at any one time. Planeswalkers can also acquire and equip equipment and artifacts that synergize with their decks as they traverse familiar Magic locations like the gothic world of Innistrad and jungles of Zendikar.
The game can be played solo, or with up to two other players in co-op. One-on-one PvP is also available via Duels.
Magic: Legends is free-to-play, and currently available on PC (Arc Games, Epic Games Store) in beta. It’s also launching on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year.