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A Magic: The Gathering MMO is on the way, watch the teaser trailer

From the team behind free-to-play D&D-themed Neverwinter

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

The world of Magic: The Gathering is being adapted into a massively multiplayer action role-playing game. Called Magic: Legends, it’s being developed by the team behind the free-to-play Neverwinter. The announcement was made during The Game Awards, and included a CGI trailer which we’ve embedded above.

“Fans will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the acclaimed fictional multiverse of Magic: The Gathering as a powerful, spell-wielding Planeswalker of their own creation when Magic: Legends begins beta testing in 2020,” said the developers tonight in a press release. More details will be released in January.

Like Dungeons & Dragons, Magic is experiencing a major renaissance. Leading the way is a resurgence in the traditional tabletop card game, as well as its brand-new free-to-play online version. Produced in-house by publishers Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering Arena also announced its next set of cards during The Game Awards.

But Magic is also headed to Netflix as an animated series. That production will be headed up by none other than Joe and Anthony Russo, directors of Avengers: Endgame.

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