Wizards of the Coast announced Tuesday that Magic: the Gathering will get a Secret Lair crossover with Fortnite, Street Fighter and Warhammer 40,000. The magicians also shared a first look at some of the arts you can expect to adorn your cards. Some fans don’t seem to be too happy with franchise collaborations.
Wizards made the announcements during Magic Showcase 2021, their annual presentation. All intersections will fall under the Beyond Universes label, where previous collaborations have been categorized.
Both Fortnite and Street Fighter are part of Secret Lair Falls, limited-time sales that include special art and (sometimes) unique sets of rules for cards. The idea is that these are unique sales, so if you want Chun-Li on your deck, act fast.
Fortnite cards are reprints spread over two drops of Secret Lair. So basically change default art to have fun with Fortnite themes. The wizards showed an image of Fortnite's Cuddle Commander (the terrifying person with a pink bear's head) dancing with a multitude of other recognizable Fortnite skins. The fall of Street Fighter Secret Lair will include a single Chun-li card with the proper multipicker capability. Both sets are due out sometime in 2022.
Perhaps the collaboration to rule them all is The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth. Although it will not be released until 2023, the set will include characters such as Aragorn, Gandalf, Gollum and Frodo. This collaboration will be launched as four Commander plus Secret Lair platforms will be distributed and will be available in physical and digital forms at MtG: Arena and MtG Online.
The Magi also showed a new look at the previously announced Warhammer 40,000 set. The set will come out as a Commander fight with new cards, new art and reprints. These will be legal for the main MtG format. Expect them in 2022.
Completing things, Wizards announced that the main format would return to the kingdom of Kanigawa, but 2,000 years from the future in a new cyberpunk environment called "Neon Dynasty".
The fan reception is mixed, to say the least. Some fans say they will miss the feudal Kamigawa era, which was heavily inspired by Sengoku-era Japan, while others say they are tired of cyberpunk environments in general. I guess you can’t blame someone for personal tastes and cyberpunk has has been used as a narrative stage to nauseum in the last two years, from critically divisive blockbusters like Cyberpunk 2077 to best-received fare like The Ascent. At the moment, most fans seem to be waiting and watching.