Magic: The Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalker 2013 announced

Wizards of the Coast revealed a new chapter in the Magic: The Gathering video game series, dubbed Magic: The Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013. Due this summer, the sequel will introduce a brand new story and gameplay features when it arrives for PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, PC digital stores, and – in a franchise first – Apple's App store.

The sequel is coming from Stainless Games, makers of the first Magic: The Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers in 2009, and the 2011 sequel. It will include new decks, new challenges, a Planechase multiplayer rmode based on the forthcoming Planechase decks, and the option for more advanced players to manually tap lands. The 2013 iteration will also re-introduce the dragon Planeswalker Nicol Bolas as the game's main baddie.

“We are incredibly proud of our work with Wizards of the Coast,” said Patrick Buckland, CEO of Stainless Games Ltd. “We we are confident that Duels 2013 will be the best version of the game yet!”

Magic: The Gathering has carved out a respectable home in digital stores. According to Worth Wolpert, Director of Digital Games for the series, the first two games have been downloaded over two million times since debuting back in 2009. The second game even made Microsoft's top 10 list for most downloaded XBLA Arcade titles in 2011 (see Xbox Live's top games of 2011 revealed). Read our original Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers review to see where it all began.

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  • laserwulf - April 15, 2012 4:47 p.m.

    After playing Magic for almost 18 years, and owning both of the XBLA titles... I just don't care any more. The game was great when it first came out a for quite a while thereafter, but issues like power creep and general unbalancing make the game progressively less fun if you're old enough to remember Fallen Empires boosters costing less than $1. As far as non-collectible online versions of CCGs, I'd be a LOT more excited to see Wizards tap (no pun intended) their catalog of 'dead' games, like Netrunner, Vampire/Jyhad, or Deadlands: Doomtown.
  • skirmisher-phoenix - April 10, 2012 6:02 p.m.

    Using Kinect tech could be interesting if well implemented, holding you cards, tapping lands for mana, sorta like... the real Tradding card game.
  • NullG7 - April 10, 2012 10:46 p.m.

    I would like to have Kinect enabled cursor movement, anyone who has spent more than 1min targeting cards can see the wisdom in allowing you to simply move your hand to a card and make a gesture.
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  • Romkslrqusz - April 10, 2012 1:47 p.m.

    This is going to be rad. Hopefully they add a multiplayer mode to the iPad where each player has their hand on their iPhone and the iPad acts as the table ^_^
  • IChooseUAntistaMON - April 10, 2012 12:36 p.m.

    A little slow knew this last week

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