Wizards Of The Coast May Be Working On ‘Warhammer 40,000’ And ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Crossovers For ‘Magic The Collecting’
Wizards of the Coast is preparing more Magic the Gathering crossovers, with both Warhammer 40,000 cards and an entire Lord of the Rings set apparently in the works.
The news, from The Wall Street Journal, comes ahead of today’s Hasbro Investor occasion. In the report, The Wall Street Journal declares that Habsro has moved Wizards of the Coast to its own internal department, Wizards and Digital, where it can deal with both Magic the Event and its other popular franchise, Dungeons & Dragons.
It is likewise specified that 2 further crossovers involving Magic are planned, following in 2015’s The Strolling Dead Secret Burrow and Godzilla Ikoria: Burrow of Behemoth cards and this year’s upcoming Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms. One is a complete set based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, while another is an undetailed crossover with Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000.
It is also stated that more computer game projects are in the works along with Cryptic Studios’ upcoming Magic: Legends. One is by Counter-Strike: Global Offensive developer Hidden Path Home entertainment, while another is from OtherSide Home entertainment, developer of Underworld Ascendant and the upcoming System Shock 3.
Thinking about the wording of the report says there is an “arrangement” for a Lord of the Rings set, I believe it’s safe to state we’re at least a number of years far from that being detailed, let alone launched. Meanwhile, the Warhammer 40,000 cards might be a touch quicker, depending on if it is a full set, alternate cards like the Ikoria Godzilla cards, or another Secret Burrow like The Strolling Dead.
This news makes certain to trigger some controversy among the Magic neighborhood, as the The Strolling Dead Secret Burrow did result in many questioning the appropriateness of pop-culture crossovers. However, while I know next to nothing about 40k, and think Warhammer’s Dream setting would be a much better fit, there is a significant overlap in between both video games’ playerbases, making it a house run for Wizards of the Coast if they do the franchise justice. Meanwhile, Magic already takes a lot of motivation from Lord of the Rings, therefore an entire set based upon it won’t feel too incongruent with the visual the video game currently has.