Wizards of the Coast unveiled Wednesday its plans as Magic: The Gathering enters into its 25th anniversary.
The game, which has been around since August of 1993, has been pretty much a worldwide success and has gone well beyond just being a card game. There have been novels and comic books telling Magic lore, computer and video games, references in popular culture, and there is even a MMORPG currently in development based on the collectible card game.
As for what WotC has planned for the game's 25th anniversary, they go into it in detail on the mothership's website, but we've broken it down into a few bullet points for you for easy reference.
We'll start with a short video that WotC put out in regards to their plans:
- The next (and perhaps final) block of Magic, Ixalan, comes out Sept. 29. We don't know much about it, except that it involves a pirate Vraska and dinosaurs. That's right. Dinosaurs. I can just hear Weird Al singing about it now...
- Duel Decks: Goblins vs Merfoks is expected to come out on Nov. 10.
- On Nov. 24, WotC will be releasing an out-of-the-box multiplayer game based on the current block called Explorers of Ixilan. In this game, players will be searching for a lost legendary city.
- Also coming out Nov. 24 is From The Vault: Transform, which will feature premium foil versions of 15 iconic "flip" cards.
- The official art book for Ixilan comes out Jan. 2. Once again, expect dinosaurs.
- Jan. 19 sees the second half of the Ixalan block, Rivals of Ixalan, come out. In this one, players discover the ancient and legendary city of Orazca. No doubt the long-lost metropolis will be full of peril.
- On Apr. 28, WotC will be answering the prayers of many Magic players by finally returning to the game's original plane for a large set.
- A key part of WotC's 25th anniversary of Magic celebration will be Mar. 16's release of 25th-Anniversary Masters. This short-run set will feature 249 cards from across Magic's entire history. Storm Crow, anyone?
- Core Sets will return July 20 and will be comprised of half new and half old cards.
- Finally, the third "Un-" set, Unstable, will be coming out on Dec. 8. Just like the first two in the series, Unglued and Unhinged, the cards will be silver-bordered and not tournament legal. They will (most likely) be funny. The bar is set high, Maro.
So there you have it. It looks like there is a lot to look forward to for Magic: The Gathering over the course of the next year-plus.