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Popular collectible card game Magic: The Gathering will be getting the AAA RPG treatment. A new video game is in development by MMORPG developer Cryptic Studios and online publisher Perfect World Entertainment. It’s planned for both PC and console. No release date has been announced.
Perfect World, Cryptic Studios, and M:TG creators Wizards of the Coast have previously collaborated with the Neverwinter MMORPG. Neverwinter found success as a free-to-play MMORPG with micro-transactions and boasts 15 million players. This new Magic: The Gathering title extends their licensing partnership.
“This game is an exciting part of Wizards of the Coast’s Magic Digital Next initiative to extend gameplay beyond the tabletop, and we’re proud to work with the talented team at Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios to bring the Magic: The Gathering Multiverse to life,” said David Schwartz, Wizards of the Coast Vice President of Digital Publishing.
Magic: The Gathering is the World of Warcraft of CCGs – oft imitated but still the juggernaut of the genre. Players take on the role of Planeswalkers and summon creatures and cast spells to defeat their opponent. The upcoming 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.”
“It’s Magic: The Gathering like you’ve never experienced before,” said Bryan Huang, CEO of Perfect World Entertainment. “We are ecstatic about the direction of the game Cryptic has been shaping. It’s always been a dream of ours to bring Magic’s Planeswalkers to a modern RPG.”
After reaching the million dollar mark only 36 hours into its 30-day campaign, Ashes of Creation has closed out its crowdfunding campaign with over $3.2 million in funding. Over 19,000 backers contributed to indie team Intrepid Studios’ debut. It has become the most funded MMORPG on Kickstarter of all time.
“This is simply stunning. We cannot thank the fans of Ashes of Creation enough for their support. We promise we won’t let you down, and we’re absolutely thrilled to find so many like-minded gamers who want to see the MMORPG genre truly move forward.” – Steven Sharif, CEO and Creative Director of Intrepid Studios.
Every stretch goal on the Kickstarter page was unlocked, including new mounts, naval content, and a new secondary world underneath the surface called the Underrealm.
Ashes of Creation promises a player-driven, reactive MMORPG built by veterans of the genre. Features include PVP castle sieges, regional economy, and towns and cities that are built up by local players. It will use an old-school monthly subscription model. It’s planned for closed Alpha later this year, with Beta and possible release later next year.
The Kickstarter page mentions that Ashes of Creation has private backing. Three million sounds like a lot of money, but it’s a drop in the bucket for game development – particularly a massively ambitious MMORPG.
If you missed the Kickstarter campaign and are still interested in backing (and earning backer rewards), Intrepid Studios will keep crowdsourcing open throughout the month of June via their website. However no more stretch goals will be announced at this point.
Ashes of Creation is tentatively schedule for Beta and release late next year.
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