Betawatch: Magic Legends gets discarded

We’re in a unique position to talk about Magic Legends, because we’ve not only been following the game’s development since its inception in 2016, but we’ve also been playing it! On Thursday, we uploaded a video showing how our early impressions of the game have changed over the past few months. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check it out:

Magic Legends is a free-to-play (F2P) TCG video game developed by Neople and published by Playtika. It is a spin-off of the original game that was released between 2007 and 2009, Magic: The Gathering, which was also developed by Neople. It is the sequel to the game, Magic Duels, which was released on the iOS and Android platforms in 2014. It was released on December 10, 2017 on the Android and Windows 10 Mobile platforms. It was released with the title “Magic Duels: Origins” in Japan.

At the start of 2018, a few weeks before the start of the Winter Olympics, a number of mobile game developers began announcing that they were rebuilding their games for the Nintendo Switch, and that these reworked games would be appearing in the Nintendo eShop for free. Now, it appears that all of these developers have scrapped their plans, and no further Switch games will appear.

In recent weeks, we’ve usually covered the most depressing beta news towards the end, but this time it comes to the forefront with the news that Magic Legends is closing its doors without ever officially coming out of beta. Sure, he had practically beta left, but…. That’s how it works, you know? A sad and depressing principle.

Other news about the beta will hopefully be less depressing:

We’re closing the beta testing newsbook this week, but there are still games in beta testing listed below. You can check them out and let us know if any of these titles slipped through the cracks in a new testing phase. We would be grateful if you would do that.

As always, we believe that the open MMO is in a testing phase when it offers free public registration and when it sweeps the server before launch. An MMO is in test phase, closed if it goes through a closed test phase to which the general public does not have free access; it is also usually under NDA. MMOs with early access and MMOs with crowdfunding that we believe are seriously testing will be included. So-called open-beta MMOs with online stores, no signs of a western launch, or limited interest to our readers will not be included; nor will we include expansions, with few exceptions.

AdventureQuest 3D: Open Beta
Arcfall: Pre-Alpha
Ashes of Creation: Alpha one
Blankos Block Party: Early Access
Bless Unleashed (PC): Closed beta, launch on the 6th. August
Travel book: Closed Beta
Camelot Unchained: Closed Beta
Hurray for children: Open alpha, later merged with Eleven
Chronicles of Elyria: Pre-Alpha, again
City of the Titans: Alpha
Craftopia: Early access
Crowfall: Closed beta, launch on the 6th. July
Dauntless: Open Beta
Dark and Light: Early access
Dreamworld: Pre-alpha?
Dual Universe: Paid Beta
ECO: Early access
Eleven: Closed Alpha
Elion: Closed bid
Credited: Beta
Broken: Alpha
Frozen Flame: Closed Beta
Gloria Victis: Beta (Early Access) on Steam
Inferna: Early access
Shortpel: Closed Beta
Defence Line: Early access, removed from Steam
Mortal Online 2: Alpha Closed
New World: Tests completed, planned launch in 2021
Occupied White Walls: Early access
Osiris: New Dawn: Open Beta
Laws of the Old West: Early access
Pantheon: Backer Pre-Alpha
Pathfinder Online: Early registration
Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis: Closed Beta
Genome Project: Alpha closed, server disabled for restructuring with SpatialOS
Project Gorgon: Early Access Beta
Blooming Universe: Early Access
Rise Online: Open Alpha
Lucimia Saga: Closed Alpha
SamuTale: Alpha closed
Ship of Heroes: Alpha
Dia: Closed Beta
Star Citizen: Backer alpha
Swords of Legends Online: Beta, launched on 9 July
Temtem: Early Access
Black Death: Early access alpha
Cycle: Closed Alpha
Relocation: Early Access Alpha
Valiance Online: Alpha
Wild Terra 2: Early access
Zenith: Pre-alpha

Yes, MMO players, you too can engage in unpaid quality control, i.e. playtesting! Check out Massively Overpowered’s weekly beta watch for more on the MMOs that are still on the launch path, even though they seem to have already nestled themselves in the stable called Early Access.

ViewMagic Legends is an upcoming game for Linux and MacOS, which is based on the popular card game Magic: The Gathering (MTG). The game looks really good and has drawn a lot of attention because it has been announced to be the first game to use the Unreal Engine 4. As we near the launch date, there has been some confusion as to when the game would be available.. Read more about magic: legends xbox release date and let us know what you think.

Greg Baskerville
Greg Baskerville
Gaming Blogger & Musician. Playing games since the Amiga days in the 1980's, and a handy guitarist.

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