Magic: Legends, the ARPG set in the Magic card game's Multiverse, is shutting down before it ever officially began, seeing its servers shutter on October 31st.
The action RPG that puts players in the role of the multiverses' Planeswalkers has struggled since it launched into Open Beta earlier this year on PC. From massive patches attempting to fix the grind to monetization that made many fans feel as though it was predatory, Magic: Legends never seemingly found its footing.
The team over at Cryptic have decided to shut down the ARPG, announcing today that the servers would be closing on October 31st. Players can still hop in and play between now and then, however there won't be a way to buy any in-game purcahses, as the Zen Shop is being closed "immediately."
"It is with heavy hearts that we announce Magic: Legends will be shutting down on October 31, 2021.," Executive producer Steve Ricossa said via a statement on the game's website. "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."
The statement continues, with Ricossa admitting that the ARPG "missed the mark," though stating that the team around the Magic: the Gathering themed game was "proud of what [they] achieved."
"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 a FAQ with the statement, the team confirms that this also spells the doom of the console ports, and talks about how the refunds will be processed. Players who made purchases using credit cards should see the charges reversed in about four weeks, and for those who used prepaid Arc Cards, you'll see your credits hit your account in the same time frame, with an extra $10 for your troubles.