Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment have announced that they're shutting down Magic: Legends, the Magic: The Gathering Action RPG for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Magic: Legends is an action RPG adaptation of Magic: The Gathering that was first revealed in late 2019 at The Game Awards. A beta program for the game launched just a few months later in early 2020. Unfortunately, it looks like the game didn't perform as well as the developers might have hoped. Now, it's shutting down in just a few short months.
Can You Get a Magic: Legends Refund?
Yes, you will be able to get refunds for your Magic: Legends purchases in the game. In fact, it looks like the refunds should be automatic judging by what today's announcement has said.
"All players who spent money in-game across Arc and the Epic Games Store during the Open Beta will be refunded their full purchase amounts," read a statement on the game's official website." Servers will remain open for play until closing day, however we will be closing the Zen Shop effective immediately. Later this week, all items will instead be purchasable using Aether, our free in-game currency."
Additional details on how refunds will work were provided in today's announcement. Purchases made by credit card should be automatically refunded within approximately 4 weeks. Purchases made through prepaid Arc cards will be credited to the associated account along with a $10 Arc credit. Epic Games Store purchases will be refunded via the payment method used in that store and are expected to process on July 14, but it could take as long as 4 weeks for EGS refunds to go through.
When is Magic: Legends Shutting Down?
Magic: Legends will be shutting down on October 31, 2021, at 2:59 PM Eastern Time. While it's disappointing, that still gives players a good few months to enjoy the game before it closes down for good.
"It is with heavy hearts that we announce Magic: Legends will be shutting down on October 31, 2021," read today's announcement.
As a result of this decision, the Magic: Legends Steam release (as well as the PlayStation and Xbox releases) have been canceled. There are currently no plans to relaunch the game in the future. For now, you still have a few months to play Magic: Legends for free via its official website.
Update (06/30/21, 4:08 PM) – Cryptic Studios Senior Sound Designer Aaron Walz reports (via MassivelyOP and Reddit) that he's been laid off following the "poor financial performance" of Magic: Legends, and he apparently wasn't the only one — according to him, a total of 44 people have lost their jobs.
"Devastating news to share. Cryptic Studios has decided to cancel Magic Legends for poor financial performance, which sadly means I am without a job," Walz said in a tweet. "They laid off 44 employees this morning. Please forward any sound designer opportunities."
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