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Magic Online® III PC game

Feb 09, 2007

What:                        “Magic Online® III” PC game

Publisher:                 Wizards of the Coast

Developer:                Wizards of the Coast

Format:                     Online; PC

Price:                        Free online game download; Core card set and online activation a one-time fee of $8.99; additional card price depends on set availability

ESRB Rating:            “E” for Everyone

Available:                 Spring 2007

 

About Magic: The Gathering®

The Magic: The Gathering game is the first and most widely played trading card game. Within the game, players take on the role of planeswalkers-- powerful wizards who battle others for glory, knowledge and conquest. Each player’s deck of cards represents the player’s arsenal of weapons, which includes spells and creatures. With thousands of different cards available, the MagicTM game offers an unrivaled depth of game play in which each game is different from the last.  Each card is adorned with beautiful and unique illustrations inspired by familiar elements of myth and legend.  These elements weave together rich and satisfying game play experiences.

 

Magic Online III Gameplay

While Magic Online III game play is similar to the paper version, this version better adapts to fit player’s lifestyles— allowing them to experience the full depth of Magic from any computer with an online connection. With Magic Online III, no longer are you required to plan play around work or local tournament schedules to find worthy opponents, as players can now do it on their own time with other Magic players from around the world 24/7—all without ever leaving the comforts of home.

 

Beyond its vibrant online community of skilled players of varying levels, Magic Online III provides a rich experience featuring multiple play styles, friendly mentors, prize packed tournaments and a virtual safety box where digital cards never get lost or lose their value by becoming bent or torn.

 

Magic Online III is packed with updated features designed to introduce beginners to the game in a very approachable manner, while fulfilling the competitive appetites of the core enthusiasts. With a new graphic redesign and user interface, this version features enhancements which increase graphic interaction, community chat, streamline game play, access to 24/7 live customer support and an in-game store front enabling the purchasing of new cards and content without leaving the game environment. It’s these technologies coupled with unique game play and first of its kind business model that separates Magic Online III from other online games. 

 

Playing Magic Online III

Magic Online III is usually played by two people, but simple game variants can involve more players. Magic cards—classified as common, uncommon and rare—are used as strategic game pieces during play (somewhat like chess pieces). Each player starts the game with a deck of at least 40 cards. Unlike other strategy games, the power of each player’s card deck is an unknown until game time, allowing for unique dynamic battles each match. Each Magic card features its own unique rankings and original artwork depicting the specific power of the card. To win the game, a player is the first to engage in battle via cards until reducing the other player’s life value to zero.

 

Magic Tournaments

From the earliest days, fans saw organized game play as one of the most appealing elements of Magic. Sanctioned Magic tournaments were created so players could compare their level of skill

 

against other players in officiated environments. Since its inception, sanctioned tournaments have evolved to include small local store tournaments, a Pro Tour, Grand Prix Tour, National Championships, the World Championships and now daily online tournaments via Magic Online III where players can compete with friends, qualify for tournaments and win digital prizes.

 

MTG Online Quick Facts

·         Magic: The Gathering was invented by Richard Garfield, Ph D. and originally released in 1993 with the online version launching in 2002

·         Magic ranks among the Toy Industry Association’s “Top-100 Games of All Time”

·         The Magic game is the basis for Wizards of the Coast’s exclusive patent on the play mechanic of trading card games. Many other trading card games are modeled after Magic game play

·         Magic Online III purchase model allows consumers to scale their investment by only paying for content they use. The Magic Online III client is free and does not require a monthly subscription fee

·         Magic Online III cards are digital objects which are collected and traded for other digital cards within the game environment. There are more than 440 million digital Magic cards in circulation, all securely housed on redundant Magic Online servers

·         Along with more than 2 million matches monthly, Magic Online hosts daily online tournaments featuring prizes like limited edition avatars, invitations to “real” world Magic events and digital packs of cards

·         Magic Online III is the only massive multiplayer online game that provides a unified worldwide game community.  Every Magic Online III player is on the same server chatting, trading and playing with one another

·         Magic Online III has more than 300,000 registered accounts representing players from around the world

 

What the Gaming Press are Saying about Magic Online

·         “And thanks to the game’s new 3D engine, you’ll be able to scroll around and zoom in on individual cards to check out their descriptions, as well to admire their fantasy artwork.” – Andrew Park, GameSpot

·         “Magic Online III sounds like it will offer welcome new functionality for both beginners and experts alike.” – Andrew Park, GameSpot

·         “Along with moveable game elements and new 3D avatars, Magic Online III will offer an 24-hour online mentoring system to assist players – whether it’s to answer quick questions or offer a tour of the game. Veteran players will have more control over their game, while newcomers should find the system more welcoming.” – David Adas, IGN

·         “I admit that when the game first came out, I was skeptical that anyone would actually pay money for cards that only existed on some server somewhere. I was clearly wrong – people apparently will pay for a virtual object, and pay quite handsomely, too.” – Allen ‘Delsyn’ Raush, GameSpy

 

About Wizards of the Coast

Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS), is a worldwide leader in the trading card game and tabletop role-playing game categories, and a leading developer and publisher of game-based entertainment products. The company holds an exclusive patent on trading card games (TCGs) and their method of play and produces the premier trading card game, MAGIC: THE GATHERING®, among many other trading card games and family card and board games. Wizards is also a leading publisher of roleplaying games, such as Dungeons & Dragons®, and publisher of fantasy series fiction with numerous New York Times best-sellers. For more information, visit the Wizards of the Coast website at wizards.com. For more information, visit www.wizards.com

 

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Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering, Magic: The Gathering Online, Magic Online, Magic and Dungeons & Dragons are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast Inc. in the U.S.A. and other countries.

©2007 Wizards.

 

For more information, press only:

Lincoln Davis, Porter Novelli, 206.770.7025, lincoln.davis@porternovelli.com

Lara Bain, Porter Novelli, 206.770.7056, lara.bain@porternovelli.com



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