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Magic: Legends has officially entered open beta on Arc Games and the Epic Games Store.

The action RPG, based on the popular card game Magic the Gathering, published by Perfect World Entertainment and developed by Cryptic Studios, is free to play, allowing players to assume the role of a Planeswalker, powerful spellcasters who can travel between planes. While exploring, players collect mana-based spells and build out a deck of attacks to control the chaos of the battlefield and save the Multiverse.

“Once again Cryptic Studios has demonstrated their ability to bring a beloved franchise like Magic: The Gathering to life in a way that feels authentic to fans and welcoming to players new to the Magic Multiverse,” said Yoon Im, Perfect World Entertainment CEO. “As the first-ever action RPG based on Magic: The Gathering, Cryptic has created something really special with Magic: Legends. With this Open Beta period, we are excited to see how players experience the game and look forward to hearing their feedback.”

Magic: Legends allows fans of Magic the Gathering to explore the Multiverse in new ways. The planes available in Legends are Shiv, Benalia, Tazeem, Tolaria and Gavony. Players can also harness the power of Spark to visit their own personal fragment of the Meditation Realm, described as an ever-changing plane of mysterious origin and countless secrets.

Players can choose between five starter classes, interchangeable throughout the game. The Geomancer draws on the Earth’s power to defeat enemies with stone and lava attacks, the Mind Mage focuses on psychic powers, controlling projectiles with telekinetic powers or putting enemies to sleep. The Beastcaller uses primordial might, wielding a spirit axe and summoning an Aether Fox to destroy enemies. The Sanctifier uses bolts of light to smite attackers, can use their powers to heal teammates and can even call angels to the battlefield for protection. The Necromancer uses their powers to raise undead hordes to fight.

Magic: Legends also offers a new Magic story, and allows players to collect and upgrade spells to make their characters more powerful. Players can also collaborate with up to one other player, or fight against others in a 1v1 duel.

“This is truly a historic moment for the team here at Cryptic Studios,” said Stephen Ross, Cryptic Studios executive producer. “Magic: Legends has come such a long way since we first pitched the idea to Wizards of the Coast back in 2016. The team has spent the last few years creating an action RPG experience unlike any other, which combines the power fantasy of becoming a Planeswalker with fast-paced combat tied to strategic deckbuilding. We’re excited for players to take their first steps into the Multiverse today.”

Players who download Magic: Legends on Arc Games will receive a free Gavony Vigilante costume for their character, the Bruiser skin for th eOgre Mortar creature summon, two drop boosts and two mission boosts. Epic Games Store users have until April 6 at 9 a.m. PT to claim a free Moorland Ranger costume, Moorland Ranger Werewolf Summon Skin and two drop boosts.

Magic: Legends will launch on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later in 2021.

Photo courtesy of Perfect World Entertainment