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Play as your Favorite Planeswalker In A New ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Mobile Game

Play as your Favorite Planeswalker In A New ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Mobile Game

You don’t have to be the kind of person who stays up all night for Magic: The Gathering pre-release events to know about the game. You might be imagining a deck of 60 or so cards, a life counter that starts at 20, turn-based strategy or likely the tapping of land (by way of turning a card 90 degrees) in order to summon creatures to attack or defend you. An announcement from Magic: The Gathering publisher Wizards of the Coast has given us the heads up about a new mobile game that’s a departure from how we normally imagine a game.

Called Project M, the game is a licensed collaboration between mobile game publisher Korean-based mobile game company Netmarble and Wizards of the Coast. Instead of tapping land, you’ll be tapping your phone. Instead of turn-based strategy, you’ll be fighting dynamic, realtime battles. Netmarble specializes licensed free-to-play mobile games such as Star Wars: Force Arena and Marvel: Future Fight.  Looking at the gameplay of those games, you get a real sense of what the gameplay is likely to look and feel like.

In short, what they call a real-time multiplayer battling game looks like it has the potential to be as addicting as cracking open boosters.

The news announcement gives hints at what players and fans of Magic can expect: compelling designs and creature animations where players take on the character of a Planeswalker.  You’ll modify a deck of creatures and spells and battle across the planes of the M:tG Multiverse. It sets expectations quite high, promising that, “each creature & Planeswalker will be fully animated as they race across the battlefield to defeat their opponent.” With the gameplay shots that have been released, it looks like the game is shaping up to be action-packed. (Click the images to get a closer look.)

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If the game is in line with the other titles of Netmarble’s library, it’ll be free to play, with in-app purchases.  The game is set to release later this year, likely with a proper title name. No further information is currently available but we’ll be keeping you up to date as we learn more.

What do you think about a Magic: The Gathering mobile game where you tap your screen but not your land? Tell us about it in the comments.

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Image Credit: Wizards of the Coast

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