A brand new digital Magic: The Gathering card game has officially been announced and for those interested in trying it out, the new title called Magic: The Gathering Arena has a beta that just went live for registration, which you can do right here!
Magic: The Gathering Arena is the first game that Wizards of the Coast has developed internally with the help of its Digital Games Studio division. The free-to-play game promises that even though it is moving into a more digitalised format, the team remained vigilant to ensure that the core values of Magic have not been compromised.
Chris Cocks, the president of Wizards of the Coast, urges Magic fans to try out the beta so that the team can gauge real player feedback, even from the most hardcore of fans:
"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."
The free-to-play Arena game will support new card sets while maintaining the classic tabletop feel, which card fans got a taste of in the video above. Developer Jeffrey Steefel said that he and the rest of the team were aiming for an experience that was enjoyable from several different perspectives, "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."
There is no set release date at this time for Magic: The Gathering Arena's full release, but the closed beta will be beginning soon with limited content, with additional modes and story added on as the launch date approaches.