Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Magic Duels: Origins Continues Legacy of Duals of the Planeswalkers


You can never have enough Magic: The Gathering. The immensely popular collectible card game is a little long in the tooth by gaming standards, but it still manages to demand a following from players. Duel of the Planeswalkers has recently reigned on consoles and PC as one of the more definitive versions, offering new features with each subsequent iteration. Wizards of the Coast has something big planned for the future though, preparing to debut Magic Duels: Origins this July on Xbox One, PC via Steam and iPad tablets, with PlayStation 4 joining later this year.

"This upcoming release is unlike anything we've ever done," said Drew Nolosco, lead designer for Magic Duels: Origins. "Players will experience the origin stories of our five most iconic Planeswalkers through immersive gameplay. We've also listened to our players. Two-Headed Giant is back! Taking it a step further, everything is earnable, making the game truly free-to-play. Magic Duels is the perfect way to start your journey into the world's best strategy game."

New features of Magic Duels: Origins include improved deck building, playable Planeswalker cards, solo battle mode, expanded multiplayer options, a new quest system with weekly challenges, Free-to-Play style with 100% earnable content and an all=new skill quest tutorial system. If all that's not enough to get your attention, the game will also mark the return of Two-Headed Giant mode. Fans of the mode sorely missed it in the last incarnation of the game, so it's expected that the return of it will be greeted with much rejoicing.

Full press release below.

MAGIC: THE GATHERING DELIVERS AN 
ENTIRELY NEW DIGITAL EXPERIENCE WITH MAGIC DUELS

Storytelling and regular content updates take center stage in new Free-to-Play release

March 4, 2015 - RENTON, WA - Wizards of the Coast today announced Magic Duels: Origins, the successor to their popular Duels of the Planeswalkers franchise. Magic Duels will launch with the exciting new storyline featured in the upcoming Magic Origins set, and will continue to expand with regular downloadable content that reflects the latest sets. Multiple play modes, including fan-favorite Two-Headed Giant, along with a true Free-to-Play experience will delight both new and returning players.

Magic Duels: Origins arrives this July to console on Xbox One, PC via Steam, and iPad tablets, with PlayStation 4 joining later this year.

"This upcoming release is unlike anything we've ever done," said Drew Nolosco, lead designer for Magic Duels: Origins. "Players will experience the origin stories of our five most iconic Planeswalkers through immersive gameplay. We've also listened to our players. Two-Headed Giant is back! Taking it a step further, everything is earnable, making the game truly free-to-play. Magic Duels is the perfect way to start your journey into the world's best strategy game."

Exciting new features of Magic Duels include:

  • Improved Deck Builder with step-by-step deck construction guidance
  • First-ever playable Planeswalker cards
  • Solo Battle mode featuring virtually endless AI opponents
  • Expanded multiplayer options, including Two-Headed Giant mode
  • Quest system with new individual and community challenges every week
  • Limitless Free-to-Play with 100% earnable content
  • All-new Skill Quest tutorial system

Enter the world's best strategy game with Magic Duels: Origins, available worldwide this July. Visit MagicTheGathering.com for the latest news and updates and follow Magic on Facebook and Twitter.

About Magic: The Gathering
Magic: The Gathering is the world's best strategy game with more than 20 million players and fans worldwide. In this innovate card game, players build personalized decks using cards they collected through booster packs and trading with friends. Magic offers a robust gaming experience for its community of passionate fans through face-to-face play events and social gatherings in more than 7,000 hobby game stores around the world, complemented by its Duels of the Planeswalkers and Magic Online digital games. For more information, visit Magicthegathering.com.

About Wizards of the Coast
Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), is the leader in entertaining the lifestyle gamer. Wizards' players and fans are members of a global community bound together by their love of both digital gaming and in-person play. The company brings to market a range of gaming experiences under powerful brand names such as MAGIC: THE GATHERING and DUNGEONS & DRAGONS. Wizards is also a publisher of fantasy series fiction with numerous New York Times best-sellers. For more information about our world renowned brands, visit the Wizards of the Coast Web site at www.wizards.com.

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