This past weekend, "Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalkers" was announced. At the same time, Boston Games Examiner was lucky enough to visit the Wizards of the Coast booth at PAX East and get an early look at the game. While at the booth, we were able to talk to Mark Purvis, Brand Director for Magic, and Liz Lamb-Ferro, Brand Manager for Magic, who gave us the scoop on the newest edition to the Duels franchise.
First of all, the art work is all new and looks breath taking and really sets the mood. Fans of "Duels of the Planeswalkers" will be happy to know that the game they have enjoyed so much is back just how they like it, but with many more features. One feature that was very popular was the sealed deck component. While it is not back in the same capacity as it was last year, it has been essentially "baked" into the game. Throughout the game, as you defeat various challenges, the player unlocks new cards via boosters to add to their collection and deck.
There is also dynamic deck building that can be found in the game. It is a vast improvement upon the earlier builds. Players will have more control over the kind of deck they will get to play throughout the game. They can now build their own deck from scratch. There is over 300 cards in Duels this year from five different planes: Innistrad, Theros, Zendikar, Ravnica, and Shandalar.
Comparatively, for those who are brand new to Magic, the deck builder has the ability to basically build an entire deck for you through its "auto completion" mode. All you need is a few cards to start with and it will complete the deck for you. However, you always have the chance to go back to edit the deck if there is something you don't like.
It's important to note that Duels is a game that is not just for beginners. It also a great option for those who have been away from the game and want to come back, but want to ease back into it.
Premium content, such as foils and other exclusive card content, will be available for the game, but not through the in-game boosters. You'll have to purchase them via the store.
"Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalkers" will be out this summer. It will be available on Xbox One, Xbox Live Arcade, iPad via the App Store, PC via Steam, Android via Google Play, and Kindle via Amazon Marketplace.
It will, unfortunately, not be available on PlayStation.
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