Next week, the top gaming companies from around the world will meet in Los Angeles to reveal what is to come next for the video game industry. As E3 2017 draws closer, rumors and news continue to be released about the biggest and best titles that are to come. Although Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios might not have a presence during the video game press conferences, they will still most likely be at E3 2017 to talk about the upcoming Magic The Gathering RPG.
Perfect World Entertainment Inc. and Cryptic Studios, announced the development of a brand new RPG based on Magic The Gathering, the acclaimed strategic card game by Wizards of the Coast. The AAA RPG is currently being developed from the ground up for PCs and consoles. Not much is currently known about the project but the two companies have stated that they will reveal additional details about the game and the game’s official title at a later date.
The world’s most popular and oldest strategy card game, Magic: The Gathering transforms players into Planeswalkers, powerful mages who can travel between planes, casting spells and summoning mythical creatures. The beloved trading card game has over 20 million fans across more than seventy countries and is available in eleven languages including Chinese. Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios’ new RPG will allow fans of the franchise 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 that Cryptic has been shaping; it’s always been a dream of ours to bring Magic’s Planeswalkers to a modern RPG.”
The upcoming game extends the licensing partnership between Perfect World Entertainment, Cryptic Studios, and Wizards of the Coast; the relationship between the three has resulted in 15 million Neverwinter players and growing. Cryptic Studios is currently ramping up production in its Los Gatos headquarters for the development of the game.
“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. “Everything from the graphics to the gameplay is being targeted for a truly unique AAA game,” said Stephen D’Angelo, CEO of Cryptic Studios. “We’re thrilled to provide Magic fans with an opportunity to explore the game’s worlds and characters through an entirely new lens. Get ready to embark on a brand new journey.”
“Everything from the graphics to the gameplay is being targeted for a truly unique AAA game,” said Stephen D’Angelo, CEO of Cryptic Studios. “We’re thrilled to provide Magic fans with an opportunity to explore the game’s worlds and characters through an entirely new lens. Get ready to embark on a brand new journey.”
The Magic The Gathering RPG project is in good hands with Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment taking the reigns based off of how well Neverwinter has done. An RPG based off of the number 1 strategy game could be a major success and if it turns out not to be, the community will let them know or modify the game to their standards. Magic the Gathering has a complex lore spanning multiple universes. Will players be able to choose their favorite planeswalkers or will they create their own unique character that will interact with the legendary beings?