"Magic: Legends" MMO Out 2020 – "Magic: The Gathering"

Wizards of the Coast has been repeatedly raising the bar with their Magic: The Gathering brand. Recently, they've come out with various gimmicks for their trading card game (the original tabletop version), and have been pushing Magic: The Gathering: Arena, their digital version of their trading card game, more and more as of late.

But what comes next is something that is mind-blowing: Wizards is working with Cryptic Games, the studio behind Neverwinter, to release something far outside the bounds of these previous endeavors – an MMO Action-RPG, set in the Magic Multiverse.

"Magic: Legends" MMO Out 2020 - "Magic: The Gathering"
Source: Wizards of the Coast / Cryptic Games

Magic: Legends isn't exactly a surprise. Wizards of the Coast had been hinting at the development of an MMO using Magic: The Gathering properties since around 2017, if not a bit earlier. However, I think what made this a blindside is that when Arena came out, we as players (at least those who knew about the MMO being developed) mostly automatically assumed that this was the MMO, and promptly forgot. I know for a fact that I did.

However, when the trailer was released at last night's Game Awards, it became clear that this massively-multiplayer online game was not to be overlooked, and was, indeed, still in the works for fans of Magic: The Gathering.

We still don't have a ton of information pertaining to this game, despite knowing about its developmental existence for upwards of three years now. However, it's a sure-fire bet that when we here at Bleeding Cool get ahold of any more new information regarding Magic: Legends, we will be reporting it to you!

But in the meantime, what do you think about this new MMO from Cryptic Games*? Does it possibly mean that Wizards of the Coast has jumped the gun? Does this new game alongside Arena spell out the end of the tabletop trading card game as a physical collector's item? Or is this the beginning of a new golden age for Wizards of the Coast, and Magic: The Gathering in general? Let us know what you think!

(*: Writer's note: Bonus points are to be had if this can be discussed without mentioning Magic: Battlegrounds.)

About Joshua Nelson

Josh Nelson is a Magic: The Gathering deckbuilding savant, a self-proclaimed scholar of all things Sweeney Todd, and, of course, a writer for Bleeding Cool. In their downtime, Josh can be found painting models, playing Magic, or possibly preaching about the horrors and merits of anthropophagy. You can find them on Twitter at @Burning_Inquiry for all your burning inquiries.