Magic: Legends will shut down in October, before game’s full release
Magic: Legends, Puzzling Studios’ Magic: The Event computer game adjustment, will go offline on Oct. 31, the studio revealed Tuesday. The servers will go offline at 11:59 p.m. PST on that date, simply months after Magic: Legends was launched into open beta.
Magic: Legends was arranged for a complete release date later on in 2021 on Windows PC through Steam, along with on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Puzzling Studios stated the video game will not be launched, which the studio has “no plans” to restore the video game in the future. Magic: Legends executive manufacturer Stephen Ricossa stated in the statement that the “vision for Magic: Legends missed the mark,” however offered no additional description for the shutdown.
The video game stopped working to get much attention, regardless of preliminary enjoyment for a multiplayer video game embeded in the Magic: The Event world. Nevertheless, gamers weren’t impressed by efficiency problems and grinding issues, on top of a bothersome in-game store.
“Thanks to Wizards of the Coast, we got to bring the expansive Magic: The Gathering Multiverse to a wide audience and explore new angles within the established ARPG genre,” Ricossa said. “We learned several valuable lessons along the way, and we will use them to improve Cryptic’s future development efforts.” Cryptic Studios is still supporting three other MMORPG games in Champions Online, Star Trek Online, and Neverwinter.
The Zen Shop, an in-game shop where players can spend real money, will be shut down immediately, and players who invested in Magic: Legends via that shop will have their money fully returned. In an FAQ following the announcement, Cryptic Studios outlined how, exactly, players will receive refunds: It depends on how you purchased stuff. Also, for now, players will still be able to buy items using Magic: Legends’ free in-game money, called Aether.
Magic: Legends had clear problems, but that’s not uncommon for games in early access. Beta periods are often the time period when developers solicit feedback from players and address glaring problems before a game’s full release. Canceling a game in this stage is unusual. We’ve connected to publisher Perfect World to learn more.
Netflix still has a Magic: The Event animated program in the works from Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo. Magic: Legends was planned to be a small sneak peek into that Planeswalker world.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.