8 September 2017 - 16:20

Magic: The Gathering is getting a free to play online edition

You'll finally have a chance to play the classic—without shelling out a huge amount of cash.
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Those who've always wanted to get into Magic: The Gathering but have been put off by the the expense finally have a chance.

In development at Wizards of the Coast's new Digital Game Studio, Magic the Gathering: Arena is a free-to-play version of the game that will incorporate the classic collectible card game's latest rules and mechanics. Alongside this, Wizards of the Coast plans to update the roster of cards alongside the physical card game, which taps into Magic’s devoted real world fanbase—a fanbase that just happens to be 20 million strong.

It’s not going to be an easy task though. Although one of the leaders in the TCG arena, Magic: The Gathering has a lot of competition when it launches online. Previous iterations of Magic video games have restricted playstyles and, currently, the games that are dominating the online scene have ridiculous high production values. Blizzard’s Hearthstone and the upcoming Gwent from CD Projekt Red have a huge online following that’s going to be difficult to cut into especially as both titles are making waves in the esports arena.

Magic the Gathering: Arena has a chance to compete with the Hearthstone’s of the world but only if it can convince the physical players to convert. The first big test will be the beta, which you can sign up for now.

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