On Tuesday, Cryptic Studios announced that Magic: Legends, the ARPG featuring the Magic: The Gathering Multiverse, is shutting down. The news comes just months after its PC open beta was launched, so Magic: Legends is not getting a full release in any platform as planned.
Magic: Legends Executive Producer Steve Ricossa announced the cancellation on the game's official website. "It is with heavy hearts that we announce Magic: Legends will be shutting down on October 31, 2021," Ricossa wrote. "All players who spent money in-game across Arc and the Epic Games Store during the Open Beta will be refunded their full purchase amounts. Servers will remain open for play until closing day, however we will be closing the Zen Shop effective immediately."
Walz, a former Audio Producer, Senior Sound Designer for Magic: Legends, recently tweeted the "devastating news", stating that Cryptic Studios decided to cancel the game for "poor financial performance", and that 44 employees were laid off on Tuesday morning.
Devastating news to share. Cryptic Studios has decided to cancel Magic Legends for poor financial performance, which sadly means I am without a job. They laid off 44 employees this morning. Please forward any sound designer opportunities. #gameaudio #sounddesign #gamedevelopment— Walz Music & Sound (@walzmusic) June 29, 2021
Walz went on to say that the rest of the audio department is safe because they don't work on Magic, but he was in charge of Magic, so that's why he was "eliminated" However, he said that Cryptic handled it very professionally.
I do have to say, Cryptic handled it very professionally and caringly - as much as possible, anyway. Our CEO was extremely emotional and choked up. https://t.co/Faoo8JWVdf— Walz Music & Sound (@walzmusic) June 29, 2021
Magic: Legends open beta is available to play on the PC now, but it's expected to shut down on October 23.