If a hit computer game
can turn into a hit collectible card game
, then why can't a hit CCG become a hit computer game? That seems to be the thinking behind today's announcement
that Wizards of the Coast has licensed video game use of its Magic: The Gathering IP to Stainless Games
(which will make Xbox Live and PC versions) and Mind Control Software
(which will make a Mac edition).
Today's bare-bones announcement includes absolutely no information about how the license will be used or what form the games will take, but it's probably safe to say they won't be direct conversions of the popular card game (WotC's Magic: The Gathering Online
already fills that role quite well). More likely, the games will probably follow Acclaim
's leads in using characters and locations from the card game for a new type of experience. We can only pray that these newest efforts will improve on those somewhat disastrous
past efforts, because the Magic Universe
definitely contains a lot of potential for a good video game.