In recent years, virtual Trading Card Games have certainly become more accessible. You only have to look at the popularity of Hearthstone and Scrolls to see how simplified gameplay can draw in the punters. However, for fans of the old Magic: The Gathering games (the physical one, not the computer games) the need for something more involved has never quite been satisfied. Arguments have raged for years that the Magic series of computer games hasn’t replicated the feel of playing the physical game, which is exactly why Cryptozoic Entertainment took to Kickstarter last year create a new free-to-play virtual TCG experience – Hex: Shards of Fate.
Admittedly, since then they’ve had to face law suits from a certain bunch of Wizards, but that hasn’t stopped development from continuing or the community from growing. With the base game reportedly improved by leaps and bounds since its initial closed Alpha last October, Cryptozoic is now in the final stages of Hex’s first PvE content drop. Titled the Frost Ring, it presents players with a four tiers of AI opponents to best, each tier ending with a boss fight for riches and glory. New cards exclusively for use in the PvE content will be available to win, alongside the usual loot of equipment and gold.
Although no firm release is available, the Frost Ring arenas are expected to land in March, according to the official website. In the meantime, you can register to join the Closed Beta by heading over to the official Hex website. We’ll be giving you hands-on impressions of the Free-to-Play TCG in the near future.