Wizards of the Coast has announced that they’re entering the competitive TCG market with Magic: The Gathering Arena.
Despite already having a digital card game in the form of Magic Duels, Magic: The Gathering Arena is the first game developed in-house by Wizards of the Coast and hopes to bring an authentic free-to-play Magic experience to gamers across the globe. Arena will feature the full rules and ongoing content support for new card sets, just like the real-world game.
Players can sign up to the game’s Closed Beta, which is set to arrive soon, over on its website.
Magic: The Gathering Arena is “designed and built for digital gamers without compromising Magic’s core gameplay,” according to the press release. It’s also set to appeal to those who enjoy watching competitive card games such as Hearthstone by offering an engaging and dynamic experience for both players and viewers.
“We assembled some of the best game designers in the industry who are working to build a digital platform as flexible and expansive as Magic itself. But to make sure we really get it right, we need input from the Magic community, so fans should sign up for the Closed Beta and share your feedback with us,” said Chris Cocks, president of Wizards of the Coast.
The Closed Beta is set to take place later this year, and will focus on the first iteration of casual Constructed play which will feature cards from the Ixalan release. More details can be found over on the game’s website.