The next Magic the Gathering video game is free-to-play

The gates are open.

Wizards of the Coast has revealed more information about the next Magic the Gathering video game, called Magic Duels: Origins.

The game was announced as part of Microsoft's recent ID@Xbox showcase of Xbox One titles, but we didn't know much about how it would work.

Wizards of the Coast confirmed Magic Duels: Origins is free-to-play, mirroring the business model Blizzard uses for the phenomenally-successful Hearthstone, and will be released this July on Xbox One, PC via Steam and iPads.

It looks like Microsoft has once again tied up Magic the Gathering as a timed console exclusive - Magic Duels: Origins won't launch on PlayStation 4 until "later this year".

Here's the official blurb:

Magic Duels will launch with the exciting new storyline featured in the upcoming Magic Origins set, and will continue to expand with regular downloadable content that reflects the latest sets. Multiple play modes, including fan-favourite Two-Headed Giant, along with a true Free-to-Play experience will delight both new and returning players.

Other features include a solo battle mode with endless AI opponents, a quest system with new challenges every week, and a new Deck Builder with extra help for newcomers.

Most agree Hearthstone side-stepped pay-to-win problems with a system considered fair and generous. It'll be interesting to see just how free-to-play Magic Duels: Origins turns out to be.

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