A blog post today from Magic: Legends executive producer Steve Ricossa delivered the sad news that the game will shut down later this year on October 31. The news comes as a surprise to many as Magic: Legends is still currently in Open Beta.
Unfortunately, it sounds like the game didn’t catch on enough to warrant further work on a full release. Regardless, Steve Ricossa notes that the team is proud of what they achieved with Magic: Legends.
Magic: Legends is Shutting Down in October
Magic: Legends is shutting down on October 31 as confirmed by a blog post from executive producer Steve Ricossa on the game’s official website. The reason for shutting things down seems to center around the vision the team had for the game missing the mark.
From what we’ve seen, one of the big issues that players have had centers around the in-game microtransactions given the game’s Open Beta status. If you’re someone who spent money on the game, there is a bit of good news to be found as the blog post notes that refunds will be issued.
Additionally, for those who want to continue playing the game from now until October 31, all in-game items will be made purchasable using Aether, the game’s free currency. Below, we’ve included the full statement from Steve Ricossa on the Magic: Legends website.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce Magic: Legends will be shutting down on October 31, 2021. All players who spent money in-game across Arc and the Epic Games Store during the Open Beta will be refunded their full purchase amounts. Servers will remain open for play until closing day, however we will be closing the Zen Shop effective immediately.
Later this week, all items will instead be purchasable using Aether, our free in-game currency. Our vision for Magic: Legends missed the mark, but we are proud of what we achieved. 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. Most importantly, we’d like to thank all of the players who explored the Multiverse with us and provided feedback during the Alpha and Beta testing phases. We couldn’t have gotten this far without you!”
Again, it’s sad to hear that Magic: Legends is shutting down during its Open Beta, but we’re happy that the team is still proud of their accomplishments nevertheless. We’re also happy that refunds are being issued to players who spent money on in-game items, and that the game will still be playable until October 31.
Finally, even though the game didn’t pan out, it’s worth noting that it was still a solid effort with some fun ideas that many people genuinely enjoyed. We wish the developers the best of luck, and we look forward to seeing what else the developers will create in the future.