Wizards of the Coast will team with Sony Online Entertainment to create , a turn-based tactics game based on the popular collectible card game franchise, the companies said Monday.
Sony Online Entertainment’s Denver studio will develop the game first for the PC, and plans to release it in early 2010. A version of the game for the PlayStation 3 is due later.
Unlike the recent (and excellent) Xbox Live Arcade game Duels of the Planeswalkers, will incorporate the collectible mechanics that make the card game tick: Players will expand their teams by purchasing booster packs and starters, then use their new acquisitions to customize their spellbooks.
The pay-as-you-go model should be familiar to those who played on table tops, orthe online PC game. And the gameplay will likely feel something like , the tabletop war game also published by Wizards of the Coast.
Several years ago, there were rumblings about Wizards of the Coast’s plans to sell virtual goods to folks who wanted to play the new fourth edition online. But these unpopular plans never came to complete fruition. But the collectible approach makes more sense for this new videogame flavor of , since fans of the game are used to rolling the dice (and dropping the dough) for sealed, randomly assorted booster packs.