Magic: Legends shut down while in open beta

Magic: Legends shut down while in open beta

Developer Cryptic Studios has announced that its action RPG Magic: Legends is being shut down this October, before it is even properly released.

In a post on the game's website, executive producer Steve Ricossa said that the title "missed the mark" of what the studio had hoped for. Magic: Legends went into an open beta on PC via the Epic Games Store back in March and was scheduled to release on Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year.

"Our vision for Magic: Legends missed the mark, but we are proud of what we achieved," Ricossa wrote.

"Thanks to Wizards of the Coast, we got to bring the expansive Magic: The Gathering Multiverse to a wide audience and explore new angles within the established ARPG genre. We learned several valuable lessons along the way, and we will use them to improve Cryptic’s future development efforts."

Any purchases made during the open beta are being refunded and later this week, all items will be able to be bought with Magic: Legends Aether in-game currency.

Recently, Wizards of the Coast's president Chris Cocks said that video games are a "core" part of the future of its brands, which include Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons.

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