Magic: The Gathering - Tactics summoned to PC January 18

Sony has announced that Magic: The Gathering - Tactics will arrive on PC later this month on January 18 (the PS3 version is slated for later this year). The free-to-play game offers up a new take on the classic card game, allowing direct control over summoned creatures and simplified deck building options. Naturally, players will be able to purchase new cards for their decks or trade them with other players.

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WALK THE PLANES OF
MAGIC: THE GATHERING - TACTICS™ ON JANUARY 18th

The Free to Download and Play Strategy Game

Invites Players to Join a New World of Magic™


WHAT:

Sony Online Entertainment LLC is scheduled to release Magic: The Gathering - Tactics™, a free-to-play game, on the PC this January 18th. Players worldwide will experience a new dimension of Magic: The Gathering® as Wizards of the Coast's legendary trading card game and its iconic creatures, characters and spells come to life for the first time in a fully realized 3D environment. Free to download and play, registered players will be able to compete online against opponents around the world or take on the challenging opening chapter of the game's story-driven campaign. In the game, players will be able to build more powerful spellbooks by purchasing booster packs and taking on additional campaign chapters through the game's integrated story.



ABOUT MAGIC: THE GATHERING - TACTICS:

A free-to-play online tactical strategy game, Magic: The Gathering - Tactics invites players to take on the role of a Planeswalker, a powerful mage commanding devastating spells and incredible creatures. Players will take their skills into intense online tactical battles as they fight in richly illustrated environments with all five colors of Magic. Magic: The Gathering - Tactics brings the challenge, collectability and community of Magic to the PC with the ease and access of a free-to-play downloadable client. Gamers can freely join the fun and open the door to a whole new dimension of Magic!


KEY FEATURES:

* Experience a New Dimension of a Classic Favorite: Characters, creatures, spells and settings from the rich world of Magic come alive in this free-to-play online game.

* Unleash the Power: As a commanding Planeswalker, players cast devastating spells such as Fireball, Doom Blade, Pacifism and Lightning Bolt, and control incredible creatures like Serra Angel, Lord of the Pit or Reya Dawnbringer.

* Connect and Combat: Join legions of gamers for intense battles of thrilling strategy in casual and tournament formats.

WHEN:

Magic: The Gathering - Tactics is scheduled to release for digital download on the PC platform January 18, 2011 and is expected to be available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system later in 2011.


ESRB Rating: Teen with content descriptors Mild Blood and Mild Fantasy Violence. For more information on Magic: The Gathering - Tactics, visit www.magicthegatheringtactics.com and www.facebook.com/MagicTheGatheringTactics.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.