Magic: Legends entered its public beta phase a few weeks back, and it was a pretty exciting prospect for fans of the Magic: The Gathering universe who wanted to play a Diablo-like game set in that world. However, the beta wasn’t without its fair share of issues, including performance issues, a frustrating grind, and microtransactions.
It would appear that the development team at Cryptic Studios feel that they’ve “missed the mark” with the game, and have decided to shut the game down completely even before its full release.
“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.Cryptic Studios
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.”
In addition to that, players who made purchases from the in-game store will also receive refunds, though items from the store will now be purchasable with the in-game free currency, Aether. Magic: Legends will continue to be playable and available on the Epic Games Store until Oct. 31.