Today Dec. 16, 2013 Worth Wollpert revealed in an article on DailyMtg.com that Wizards of the Coast is working on a new unannounced digital "Magic: The Gathering" experience. With "Magic: The Gathering - Tactics" shutting down its servers early next year, a new "Magic: The Gathering" video game that uses the "Magic" brand license may already be very well under development and release next year.
Up until very recently I was in charge of all our Duels of the Planeswalkers efforts and some other unannounced digital Magic stuff.
The key word there is "stuff." That could range anywhere from a new "Magic: The Gathering" website to finally releasing an official "Magic: The Gathering" app for iOS and Android that actually works unlike "Magic: The Gathering Toolbox which was removed from the App store and Google Play.
Because Wollpert was in charge of "Duels of the Planeswalkers" this statement may also just be a hint to the franchise making its eventual debut on next gen consoles. Speaking of consoles, one industry pattern over the past few years is HD remakes. Player favorite "Shandalar" could be headed into living rooms next fall in full 1080P glory with new dungeons and an updated roster of cards.
The "Magic: The Gathering" brand license has had some pretty strange games released in its past. "Magic: The Gathering: BattleMage" was a real time strategy (RTS) game, with a variant "Magic: The Gathering: Armageddon" that was made into an arcade cabinet and controlled by a trackball. There was also a "Magic: The Gathering" game for the Sega Dreamcast that used cards from "6th Edition," "Alliances," and "Tempest" which could be considered a precursor to "Duels of the Planeswalkers." Let's not forget "Magic: the Gathering: Battlegrounds," which was a crazy RTS Fighter hybrid for the original Xbox and Windows PC. Check out a video of the odd game play.
There's no need to limit the game genre though. If the cartoon "Ben 10" can receive its own racing game, why can't "Magic: the Gathering?" We could end up with "Magic: the Gathering Multiverse Racing."
What we'd really like to see though is a "Magic: The Gathering" game for the Nintendo 3DS similar to the old "Pokémon Trading Card Game" for the Nintendo Game Boy Color. With over 10 million Nintendo 3DS sold, there's more of these handheld gaming devices floating around than there are Wii Us, Xbox Ones, and PlayStation 4s combined. That's a lot of potential customers for Wizards of the Coast.
What new type of "Magic: The Gathering" video game would you like to see?
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