Magic: Legends, a free-to-play RPG that featured similar gameplay to the Diablo series, is shutting down less than a year after it officially launched. Developed by Cryptic and Perfect World, the game will have its servers shut down on October 31.
According to a blog post on the Cryptic website, Magic: Legends didn’t turn out exactly how the studio has envisioned.
“Our vision for Magic: Legends missed the mark, but we are proud of what we achieved,” said executive producer Steve Ricossa. “Thanks to Wizards of the Coast, we got to bring the expansive Magic: The Gathering Multiverse to a wide audience and explore new angles within the established ARPG genre. We learned several valuable lessons along the way, and we will use them to improve Cryptic’s future development efforts.”
Users have been able to try out Magic: Legends since March thanks to an open beta that has been running on mobile devices. However, the shutdown means it will no longer leave beta, while console ports have also been canceled.
As part of the process, the Zen Shop store will go offline today. Any real money that players spent on purchases in the game will be refunded. Going forward, items can be bought using the free in-game currency known as Aether, which is earned through play.