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Friday, April 11, 2014

Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers is predictably announced... with a nasty surprise

News by Matt S.

We're in the habit now of looking forward to a new Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers game each year. These games are a reliably entertaining way of distilling down the Magic the Gathering formula into a fast paced and beautiful card game, liberating people of the need to create their own decks, and ensuring that one person doesn't create a killer deck and trounce everyone.

You can read our review of last year's game here, but basically Duels of the Planeswalkers is Magic the Gathering minus most of the deck creation. Sound good?

Magic 2015 was always going to happen, since the series is commercially successful. It'll be released in Summer for Xbox One, Xbox 360, iPad, PC via Steam, Android via Google Play, and Kindle via Amazon Marketplace. It'll feature new decks and cards to play with, and will include some stuff from the new Magic 2015 physical card game in order to get fans ready for that.

And the nasty surprise I alluded to in the headline? Take a look at the list of platforms again... no PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4. That's right, despite previous games being available on Sony's platforms it seems that, in the initial term at least, Sony is joining Nintendo in the sin bin where Magic is concerned.

Oh well. Looks like I'll grab the iPad version.

The full press release: The time has come for gamers to Hunt Bigger Game. Wizards of the Coast today announced Magic 2015—Duels of the Planeswalkers, the latest installment for the popular Duels of the Planeswalkers franchise and the first version to release on the new next-generation gaming console, Xbox One. Starting this summer, Magic 2015 will put players at the center of the action as the deadliest hunter in the Magic Multiverse, Garruk Wildspeaker, shifts his hunter’s instinct away from beasts of the wild to the ultimate quarry—you!

Magic 2015—Duels of the Planeswalkers will take the game to a whole new level, deeply engaging fans like never before. With new features including the ability to build customized decks, new booster packs with premium downloadable content, and an even more robust deck builder, players will take on their fiercest opponents culminating in the ultimate battle against Garruk. Magic 2015 will offer gamers the perfect way to start playing the world’s best strategy trading card game priming them for even more action with the upcoming Magic 2015 Core Set. In addition to Xbox One, Magic 2015 will be also be available on Xbox Live Arcade, iPad via the App Store, PC via Steam, Android via Google Play, and Kindle via Amazon Marketplace.

- Matt S. 
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Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers is predictably announced... with a nasty surprise
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