Magic the Gathering Goes the Hearthstone Route
Magic: the Gathering might finally be doing something right here: Release what looks to be a very similar model to Hearthstone.
Magic: The Gathering Arena is currently in closed beta under development by a new studio created specifically for the game: Magic Digital Studio.
Check out some gameplay:
I think it looks pretty good. Their goal is to create a game that mirrors closely the experience actually playing tabletop MTG.
I'm not a hardcore tabletop player anymore, but I did play from the time I was 10 through high school. My friends and I could organize tournaments at our school, play in classrooms during lunch hour, and host MTG slumber parties.
What got me out of MTG was actually video games. I simply enjoy my entertainment in this medium more.
If MTG -- which I consider superior to Hearthstone in every way -- can pull off an engine and gameplay experience that matches the polish and presentation of Hearthstone, I'll happily play.
Talking point highlights:
- F2P (think Hearthstone here)
- Accurate to the Magic rule set
- Every card in standard format
- Card sets release alongside tabletop Magic
- Around 1,000 new cards added each year
- Ranked matches and casual constructed
- PC only "to start"
- Made for the future of MTG
Here's hoping they can pull it off!