Assassin’s Creed crossover with Magic the Gathering to be released this week

Assassin’s Creed is a great intellectual property (IP) in its own right, and it has appeared in several other Ubisoft crossovers.

Now, the roof-jumping assassin game is being presented in cardboard boxes with the Universe Beyond treatment from Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons and Baldur’s Gate studios published by Wizards of the Coast.

Corey Bowen, senior game designer at Wizards of the Coast, promises fans, Geek’s Den that AC stories and narratives will be “carefully reimagined in the style of Magic.”

Assassin’s Creed is featured in MTG’s Universe Beyond

Wizards has been active in promoting MTG X AC throughout the game:

Bowen added, “I worked very closely with the art director and creative designer. We were collaborating on the characters and concepts we wanted to bring to the table. What I love most is looking at the style of Assassin’s Creed and how we were able to take that essence and bring it into the arthouse style of Magic.”

Assassins in MTG are primarily associated with black mana, which is the fuel used to play them on the tabletop. Bowen said of the change to AC’s Secret World, “We still want assassins of different colors. There’s going to be a little more black (mana cards) because assassins feel really black, but we also have a lot of red/white assassins that represent the historical side of the series; maybe characters from Valhalla or Odyssey feel more towards that identity.”

As we reported earlier when the sets were unveiled, MTG x AC Crossover Signature items from the series will be featured as marquee cards. The iconic haystack that players drop from epic heights was featured as a playable card. The wrist-mounted hidden blade and Animus also take their place as legendary artifacts.

“My favorite card is called Haystack,” said Bowen. “It’s just a stack of hay and you tap it to hide a creature at a time and then it slowly fades away. It’s a really simple concept and idea of ​​hiding your creature, but it’s very effective and Assassin’s Creed fans will get the joke right away.”

Collector booster packs will feature the Memory Corridor treatment, as well as unique serialized versions of the game’s historical characters. These limited five hundred cards will also come in their spoken language, such as Ancient Egyptian for Cleopatra and Italian for Leonardo da Vinci.

Beyond grabbing the MTG Universe gaming IP

This isn’t the first time a gaming franchise or a major pop culture name has been lovingly incorporated into Magic the Gathering. Lara Croft, Godzilla, Doctor Who, and the Lord of the Rings have all received their own spin-offs in the card game.

We have also reported on this blockbuster hit film Fallout: Universe Beyond Which was a good part of Wizards of the Coast’s earnings report for the first quarter of this year.

As we reported late last year, The Lord of the Rings: Universe Beyond buoyed a struggling Hasbro. With the success of Baldur’s Gate 3, Wizards and Hasbro profited from fans of all things geek.

Hasbro and Wizards left a taste of sadness in fans’ mouths Mass layoffs Despite record earnings.

Baldur’s Gate 3 developer Larian cut ties with both Hasbro and Wizards despite the game being named the best game of 2023. Sven Wike, Larian CEO said Getting involved in any of Wizards’ new plans “is really the opposite of what Larian is about. We want to do big, new things. We don’t want to just rehash what we’ve already done.”

Cynthia Williams, the Wizards’ president at the time, was promptly shown the door, leaving a void behind her. A legacy of disharmony,

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