The lights are on
Magic: The Gathering - Tactics, the Sony Online Entertainment developed tactics game based on the Wizards of the Coast card game series, is shutting down next year.
According to an FAQ on the Magic: The Gathering - Tactics forums, the game will be shutting down next year on March 28. You can continue to play the game until then, but no new packs will be available for purchase after November 18.
For more details about the game's closure, head here.
[Source: Sony,via: Kotaku]
Our TakeIt's always disappointing to see game servers shutting down. The game originally launched in early 2011, which means it will have had a three-year run by the time it shuts down, which seems fairly reasonable for niche game like this.
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exactly why i prefer singleplayer games...sucks for the people who do enjoy this...
Hate it when this happens... as a trophy hunter I wish when they shut down servers they would patch the game for mp trophies. :/
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Well, glad I'm not the only one who has NEVER HEARD OF THIS BEFORE. C'mon Sony Online - market things better. DCU Online, Everquest Next, Free Realms... heck, you even advertised Dragon's Prophet (a game you picked up for publishing; didn't even develop) far more effectively. I don't care about trading cards, but you'd figure a property like Magic: The Gathering would command better marketing.
Oh well. It's no surprise it's being shut down. It's amazing it got 3-4 years.
This is a shame for anyone who put money into buying all those new packs. I had friends that played Magic (not online, but with the real cards) and said it was a total scam as you had to keep buying new ones to stay up to date (as opposed to the Living Card Games). I'm guessing this was no different and people sunk a bunch of cash into those extra cards.
You can sink all the money you want into MMO's, but just remember, you don't really own any part of the game and servers aren't made of magic which causes them to last forever.
I don't think anyone who sunk money into the micro-transactions thinks a 3 year run is "reasonable".
This is the problem with the F2P model that we're going to start seeing more and more of. As the F2P bubble starts to burst and games start to shut down, we're gonna see some angry people that can't play the games they put money into.