E3 2013: Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014 Preview

June 14, 2013

After last year’s outing on PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and iOS, Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers is back again. The sequel, aptly named Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014, seeks to improve last year’s offering as well as get fans hyped up for the latest in Magic: The Gathering.

2014 will feature a 20 hour single-player mode, making it the longest Magic: The Gathering game ever and will also be available for Android for the first time. 2014 is also looking to cater to fans who enjoy the art and lore of the cards themselves, as you can now zoom in very close on cards and read the detailed descriptions on them.

The improvements extend to the gameplay too, of course, with 2014 featuring an improved tutorial, as well as a proper, character and story-driven single-player mode which ties all of the duels together. Each duel sees you travelling through various planes in the Magic world, each with its own flavour. 2014 will also feature a challenge mode which offers a special set of circumstances and lets players explore different approaches to winning duels.

For those who want a bit more in terms of deck customisation, there is also a ‘Sealed Play’ mode, which allows you to build your own deck freely. This includes a deck building helper, which teaches you the fundamentals of making a good deck. You can also use the auto-build option, and the game will intelligently use the cards you’ve unlocked so far to make a deck for you. There’s a deck rating displayed in the top left, which lets you know how good your deck is in relative terms.

Of course, Magic fans will be pleased to know that by playing the digital game, you get to preview some new cards which are coming to the paper version of the game. You can buy slots in Sealed Play mode, and for each one you buy, you are rewarded with 6 booster packs containing new cards for you to improve your deck with.

Wizards of the Coast will be holding a Magic Celebration event in September, allowing people to visit a participating game store and play the card game with other people, although whether these events will make it over to Australia remains to be seen. The game will cost USD$9.99  and will be out in June this year.