After a tumultuous and largely disappointing open version, the action RPG Magic: Legends will finally close on October 31, 2021. In a announcement posted on the game’s official Twitter account, executive producer Steve Ricossa said the RPG Magic: The Gathering was “missing” and that its planned versions of Steam and the console are already canceled. Players who spend money on Magic: Legends microtransactions will receive a full refund, whether they have paid through the Epic Games Store or the Arc Launcher.
"Our vision of Magic: Legends was missing," Ricossa wrote, "but we're proud of what we've achieved. Thanks to Wizards of the Coast, we were able to bring the expansive Magic: The Gathering Multiverse to a wide audience. explore new angels within the established ARPG genre. "
It’s always sad to see a live service game close its doors for good, but I’m not sure how many players will be upset (or surprised) by the end of Legends. Since the launch, Magic: Legends was criticized for its heavy microtransactions, low performance, production quality and design.
Sean "Day (9)" Plott, who is an important face of the Magic scene, was particularly critical of Magic: Legends' approach to the ARPG genre when the beta was released. "It's not that the game lacks interesting decisions, it lacks decisions," he said then. "I pressed the cool buttons. I didn't manage the mana. It didn't make sense in the first three hours I managed the mana, period. I really think the current implementation of the fight and its operation in combat feels like a "It seems to hurt the game instead of creating something new, fun and entertaining."
Despite some patches and updates, it looks like developer Cryptic Studios was never able to turn things around. Players will have until October 31, 2021 to continue playing, but the cash store is being removed immediately, and these premium items will be available for purchase with the game currency.
This page has frequently asked questions with more details on how players can get refunds via Epic Games Store or Arc launcher.