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Magic the Gathering Tactics Game

A very interesting announcement of sorts on Magic Arcana today . . .

Wizards of the Coast has an exciting announcement today! But it's so exciting that we want to take some time to make sure it's absolutely perfect. So come back at 9:00 AM PST (noon EST) and we'll have Big News!

Very cryptic . . and exciting. Unfortunately, if you are here at, you are most likely expecting some sort of spoiler. Well - here it is . . .

If one were to take the link provided above and 'view page source', one would obtain a bunch of HTML formatting as well as the draft Arcana Announcement - - Turn back now if you do not want to read . .

Online, 3D Turn-Based Strategy Game Scheduled for Launch in Early 2010.
DENVER, Colorado, November 2, 2009

Today, Sony Online Entertainment LLC, and Wizards of the Coast LLC announced they are developing Magic: The Gathering – Tactics, an online, 3D turn-based strategy game played within the rich Magic: The Gathering Multiverse.

"By collaborating with Wizards of the Coast, we're able to combine the strengths of both companies to develop an innovative, online, 3D game based on an extremely popular IP," said John Smedley, president, Sony Online Entertainment. "We're going to be taking the Magic: The Gathering Multiverse places players have never seen."

"The growing Magic: The Gathering community has an insatiable desire for great strategic game experiences. Sony Online Entertainment is the perfect partner to transform the best of Magic's story, strategy and competitive play into a fantastic 'Tactics' game experience for current and new Magic fans," said Greg Leeds, president, Wizards of the Coast.

Magic: The Gathering - Tactics will allow players to command forces of dramatic 3D figures and powerful spell cards pulled from the Magic: The Gathering Multiverse. Players can participate in single player scenarios or jump right into PVP action against other players worldwide, 24 hours per day. Magic: The Gathering – Tactics is expected to feature regular content expansions, a robust tournament environment, an achievement and rankings program, and original stories of the Planeswalkers of Magic: The Gathering

Magic: The Gathering - Tactics is being developed by SOE's Denver studio and scheduled to be available for the PC in early 2010, with a version for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system to follow.

For more information on Magic: The Gathering - Tactics, visit

About Sony Online Entertainment
Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games which have entertained millions of players around the globe. SOE creates and delivers compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Known for its blockbuster franchise EverQuest®, its successful online trading card game Legends of Norrath®, as well as the recent kids' phenomenon Free Realms™, SOE continues to raise the bar for online gaming and players worldwide. Headquartered in San Diego, with additional studios in Austin, Seattle, Denver, Tucson, and Taiwan, SOE has a slate of engaging, high-quality games currently in development across new genres for all platforms and audiences.

SOE, and the SOE logo, and Legends of Norrath are registered trademarks and Free Realms is a trademark of Sony Online Entertainment LLC in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

About Wizards of the Coast LLC

Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS), is the leader in entertaining the lifestyle gamer. The company holds an exclusive patent on trading card games (TCGs) and their method of play and produces Magic: The Gathering®, among many other trading card games and family card and board games. Wizards is also a leading publisher of roleplaying games, such as Dungeons & Dragons®, and publisher of fantasy series fiction with numerous New York Times best-sellers. For more information, visit the Wizards of the Coast Web site at

Wizards of the Coast, its logo, Magic: The Gathering, Magic: The Gathering –Tactics, Magic and Dungeons & Dragons are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast LLC in the U.S.A. and other countries. © 2009 Wizards.

That's all for now. More on to this latter. We are rather excited to see an online, 3D turn-based strategy MTG game - we are just unsure if this will be Très Fromage or if will rock our game world.

As expected, the announcement was officially made with the anticipated text as shown above. Product is expected to released in 'early 2010'. In addition to the announcement, the Sony Online product website was released : and

Bonus feature . . . A video !

yeah - very revealing, I know. o_0


Gregg said...

I have been considering buying an XBOX360 to play DOTP on for a few months now. Hopefully this will provide another fun alternative to play some MTG on the comp. Hopefully its better than Magic: The Gathering: BattleMage. That was fun for about 15 mins but then got real stale.

Grumpy Misanthrope said...

1) Don't knock Cheese. Cheese is the most versatile food in the world.

2) Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a 2nd rate organization for MMOs and if they are trying to turn Magic into an MMORPG, ugh.