Magic: Legends was revealed in late 2022, with the proposal to be an action MMOARPG, inspired by the universe of Magic: The Gathering. Developed by Perfect World and Cryptic Studios, it went through some delays, and was undergoing an Open Beta phase on PC. However, during testing, the game did not captivate players, who pointed out several issues and features that needed to be completely redone. Realizing that their vision for the game was far from what they really wanted to present, and that they were not meeting the minimum expectations of players, it was decided that development would be permanently terminated on October 31, 2022.
In an official note, Cryptic Studios acknowledges that it lost its way to deliver its vision to Magic: Legends, and decided not to invest more in a project that, apparently, would go nowhere.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Magic: Legends will end on October 31, 2022. All players who spent in-game money on Arc and the Epic Games Store during the Open Beta will receive a full purchase price refund. The servers will remain open for play until the closing day, however, we will close the Zen Store with immediate effect. At the end of this week, all items will be able to be purchased using Aether, our free in-game currency.
Our vision for Magic: Legends missed the mark, but we're proud of what we've achieved. Thanks to Wizards of the Coast, we've brought the expansive Magic: The Gathering Multiverse to a wide audience and explored new angles within the established ARPG genre. We learned several valuable lessons along the way and will use them to improve Cryptic's future development efforts.
Magic: Legends had a style very similar to Diablo 3, but with an attempt to bring MMO mechanics, with something similar to what was seen in the Korean Lost Ark. But now everything will be just legend, since the project is over.
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