Voilà! There is now a new, digital way to play Magic: The Gathering.
The trading-card game — created by Richard Garfield and first published in 1993 — has been transformed into Magic: The Gathering Arena by Wizards of the Coast's in-house Digital Games Studio, and fans can sign up to play online here.
According to the release, players can expect to experience "the full rules and ongoing content support for new card sets, just like the revered tabletop game," while the activity itself promises to "provide players and viewers fast-paced, exciting, and easy-to-follow matches."
Chris Cocks, president of Wizards of the Coast, explained: "We assembled some of the best game designers in the industry who are working to build a digital platform as flexible and expansive as Magic itself. But to make sure we really get it right, we need input from the Magic community, so fans should sign up for the Closed Beta and share your feedback with us.”
Meanwhile, Jeffrey Steefel, vice president of digital game development at Wizards of the Coast, added: "We want to create the deepest, richest digital card game on the market, and for it to be as much fun to watch as it is to play."
Starting later this year, testers will focus on the first iteration of casual Constructed play, with cards from the Ixalan release. More features and formats will be added as testing develops.
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