Magic The Gathering Gets Steam-Powered

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After a successful run on Xbox Live Arcade, Wizards of the Coast is bringing Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers to keyboard and mouse set via Steam next month.


Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers for Xbox Live was an addictive little digital version of the long-running collectible card game, that I managed to escape only by virtue of having other things to do with my television, so when the game launches on Steam next month? I'm pretty much doomed.

Pre-load for the game starts on June 1, with the full game going live shortly after that, I'd assume. The Steam version will be fully integrated with Steamworks, repeating the benefits of auto-updating, Steam Achievements, Leaderboards, downloadable content, and multiplayer matchmaking.


As an added plus to PC players, the game will ship with the first expansion pack included, all for the low, low price of $9.99.

Surely your soul isn't worth more than that?

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This is actually interesting to me. Living in a tiny, out-of-the-way town, there really isn't any reason for me to start playing the real game, even though I've got a bag full of cards, some of them pretty rare and good.

Back when I lived in a larger town, one where they actually DID sell M:TG cards, the largest crowd I found who played the game was one of about four other people. They moved away, leaving me and a friend. We managed to recruit a few more, but then they got tired, and it was just me and a friend. Eventually, we knew each others' decks by heart, and we didn't have any reason to keep buying new cards or changing decks just to get in the occasional card game against one another.

Online play, though? Yes please. The game's still lots of fun.