Magicka: Wizard Wars

PC / Action / Release: Spring 2014 / ESRB: RP

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Duel Mode coming to Magicka: Wizard Wars

Duel Mode coming to Magicka: Wizard Wars

Magicka: Wizard Wars continues to push forward the idea of Wizard-on-Wizard violence. While the free-to-play game is currently centered around team-based PvP battles, Paradox Interactive has announced that they'll be adding a Duel Mode to the game's public alpha to give magical murder a more personal head-to-head touch.

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Magicka: Wizard Wars public alpha launches today

Magicka: Wizard Wars public alpha launches today

Magicka: Wizard Wars is Paradox North's PvP take on the magic-combining franchise. Originally planned for a 2014 release on PC, the developer has decided to launch the free-to-play game into public alpha via Steam Early Access today.

"We patched a PvP mode [into the original game] and it was really well received," Paradox North's David Nisshagen explained to us. "But the complexity of the original Magicka made it impossible to balance. There were so many things you could do at any given time."

"Basically, what we wanted to do was lower the skill floor and make it more accessible for new players, and raise the skill ceiling so that there's lots to learn," Nisshagen added. "We reduced the number of total spells available, but we basically made them all useful."

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Magicka: Wizard Wars gameplay trailer reveals WvW violence

Magicka: Wizard Wars gameplay trailer reveals WvW violence

March's announcement of the PvP-only Magicka: Wizard Wars was a funny one, as though we did all zap our wizard chums with friendly fire for kicks in Magicka, half the fun was the plausible deniability of having monsters to kill. Still, it's looking pretty in the first gameplay trailer, released today to announce alpha signups are now open.

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Magicka: Wizard Wars announced as PvP-only

Magicka: Wizard Wars announced as PvP-only

You may not have guessed it, from how many Arcane Novas and Steam Lightning Storms were cast in the direction of other players, but wacky action-RPG Magicka was originally a co-op game. PvP arenas were added free DLC to formalise the wizard-on-wizard violence, and the next game goes even further. Announced today by publisher Paradox, Magicka: Wizard Wars is a purely PvP affair, boasting 4v4 magic man action.

Watch: The wizardly announcement trailer »

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