Perfect World announces a Magic the Gathering MMO

The team behind Star Trek Online and Dungeons & Dragon’s Neverwinter have announced that they’ll be creating a new RPG based on Magic the Gathering, the acclaimed Trading Card Game from Hasbro. Publisher Perfect World and Cryptic Entertainment have stated that this will be a AAA MMORPG that will be developed from the ground up for Consoles and PC.

“It’s Magic: The Gathering like you’ve never experienced before,” said Bryan Huang, CEO of Perfect World Entertainment. “We are ecstatic about the direction of the game Cryptic has been shaping. It’s always been a dream of ours to bring Magic’s Planeswalkers to a modern RPG.”

In Magic: The Gathering, players are placed in the role of a Planeswalkers, powerful mages who can travel between planes, cast spells and summon mythical creatures. The new title will be handled by Cryptic Studios who previously worked on Neverwinter.

“This game is an exciting part of Wizards of the Coast’s Magic Digital Next initiative to extend gameplay beyond the tabletop, and we’re proud to work with the talented team at Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios to bring the Magic: The Gathering Multiverse to life,” said David Schwartz, Wizards of the Coast Vice President of Digital Publishing.

“Everything from the graphics to the gameplay is being targeted for a truly unique AAA game,” said Stephen D’Angelo, CEO of Cryptic Studios. “We’re thrilled to provide Magic fans with an opportunity to explore the game’s worlds and characters through an entirely new lens. Get ready to embark on a brand new journey.”

At the very least, it’ll be interesting to see how the world of Magic The Gathering will translate to a MMO, this could be a great way to pull new blood into the series, however we’ll have to wait and see how this one plays out.