An MTG Arena Android Early Access release and it's coming much sooner than you'd think — it's all set to arrive on most modern Android phones later this month.
Magic: The Gathering Arena is the latest digital version of Wizards of the Coast's collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. The game has been running on PC for the better part of two years, and now it will soon be making its first foray into mobile with an upcoming Android release.
What You Need to Play MTG Arena Android
The good news is that the MTG Arena Android release won't require the latest and greatest Android phone. As one example, it should be able to run on a standard Samsung Galaxy S9 according to the list of phones mentioned in today's announcement.
The key takeaways are this: you'll need an Android Device running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) at the minimum, along with the following specs:
- Android Version 6.0 (Marshmallow)
- 4GB RAM
- OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics API
- ETC2 Texture Compression
- One of the Following Chipsets:
- Kirin 970
- Snapdragon 845
- Exynos 9810
When is the MTG Arena Android Release Date?
The MTG Arena Android release date will be January 28, 2021. It should be noted, of course, that it will be an Early Access release — that means that you shouldn't expect everything to run perfectly on Day 1.
"The app will be accessible to players whose mobile devices meet our planned Android recommended specs, everywhere MTG Arena and the Google Play store are currently available," read the announcement. "Our Android early access will include cross-platform support and all cards and formats available in MTG Arena, including the upcoming release of Kaldheim."
When is MTG Arena iOS Launching?
Naturally, one portion of gamers may be wondering about the iOS launch. That's coming, too — the developers say that we can expect to see "additional Android device and iOS support" coming later in 2021.
For now, you have a few weeks to get ready for the launch of the MTG Arena Android version. If you haven't yet jumped into this great card game, you can sign up to play Magic: The Gathering Arena for free on its official website.
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