It’s not just Hearthstone in life, Magic: The Gathering Arena is coming to smartphones. Wizards of the Coast just announced the launch of Early Access this month.
Magic: The Gathering Arena (MTG Arena) could run on a smartphone, however it did not run directly. We had to use a PC cloud-gaming solution, which required the right conditions to play. We knew that a mobile version was planned, the Android version has just been made official. It will be deployed in early access on Android from January 28, 2021.
The app will be available to players whose mobile devices meet minimum Android specifications, wherever MTG Arena and the Google Play Store are currently available. Note that this is the multiplatform version and that we will find all the maps and formats available in MTG Arena, including the next version of Kaldheim.
Wizards of the Coast has provided a list of compatible devices including the Galaxy S9 for example and many other high-end smartphones from the past three years the game will run on a lot of devices. You need Android 6.0 Marshmallow with 4 GB of RAM memory and support with OpenGL ES 3.0 APIs and ETC2 texture compression. This allows old SoCs like the HiSilicon Kirin 970, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or the Samsung Exynos 9810, to run this game. More Android devices will be supported in the year, Wizards has also confirmed an iOS version of its Game.
MTG Arena, what is it?
If you ask a MTG Arena player, they will no doubt explain to you that this is the best card game. Dad’s free-to-play digital adaptation of all collectible card games has been available for a few months on Windows, and more recently on macOS. Magic: The Gathering, of its full name, is a game for two players, first released over 25 years ago (1993 anyway). If you do not know, the game mechanics will seem very common to you: each player plays a magician, and brings his own pack of cards (his “deck”) to face his opponent, in order to increase his twenty points. starting life at zero. To do this, he summons spells and creatures (his cards) thanks to the mana provided by lands (mountain, plain, swamp, etc.).
It is true that the Hearthstone game is now more popular, nevertheless MTG Arena still has many fans all around the world. Its arrival on a smartphone should make it possible to reach new players, but also to allow old ones to get back to it easily. Magic Arena will be able to satisfy different types of audiences. Hearthstone player eager to try something else, total beginner, fierce competitor, former player of the physical version, bored of accumulating thousands of cards, etc.