Magic the Gathering on X-Box Live Arcade

Once upon a time, the elders among us sustained their Magic: the Gathering addiction through a PC version of the game and its expansion, Duels of the Planeswalkers.  That particular game was abandoned by the publisher after a few years (and subsequently patched and available for free as Manalink).  Fortunately, Wizards of the Coast has made a deal with Stainless Games to update the older title and make it available on the X-Box Live Arcade.  There aren’t a lot of details about the title at this point (attendees at this year’s PAX conference will have the opportunity to play a demo), but it is scheduled to release in spring of 2009.  Also, we know that the game will retain the single player, player vs player and multi-player modes from the original.  A few questions I’d like to see answered include:

  • What card sets will be available?
  • Will we be able to buy boosters/sets through the arcade?
  • Will we be able to draft?
  • What does all this mean for MtG: Online?
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