Characters in the Final Fantasy and Assassin’s Creed franchises have been added

Final Fantasy and Assassin’s Creed, two popular game franchises, will join Magic: The Gathering after incorporating autonomous robotic creatures into the card game. News of additional crossovers with some of the biggest franchises in the gaming world was announced during Hasbro’s Investor Day.

According to IGN, Magic: The Gathering will acquire more characters from the Final Fantasy and Assassin’s Creed game series in 2024 through the game’s Universes Beyond initiative, which is expected to be a transition for the franchise. The game recently announced a Transformers crossover and the introduction of new mechanics to fill the gap in gameplay. However, this is not the only crossover in the Magic: The Gathering collectible universe.

Universes Beyond is essentially Wizards of the Coast’s introduction to the popular intellectual property beyond Magic: The Gathering. Past crossovers have included Walking Dead, Stranger Things, Street Fighter and Fortnite. Magic: The Gathering is one of the few IPs that hosts Fortnite and not the other way around. The company also announced the addition of characters from the Warhammer 40,000 universe and Doctor Who, set to debut in season 14 next year, and a special episode in 2022.

During the same presentation, Hasbro also released additional financial details for its trading card game and other gaming brands. According to the same report, Magic: The Gathering support releases will generate $100 million in revenue. This makes Magic: The Gathering the first Hasbro brand with $1 billion in annual revenue to compete with the biggest gaming giants in board game history.

Regarding the crossover between Final Fantasy and Assassin’s Creed, Hasbro did not reveal any further details. However, the crossover set will not be legal in tournaments, which is really understandable given the many implementations of the game mechanics. In fact, Magic: The Gathering players have previously suggested that crossed cards should have a silver border, making them immediately unsuitable for tournament play. However, Wizards of the Coast has confirmed that crossover versions of these cards may be reprinted in the future.

As a result, Magic: The Gathering cross cards are removed from the standard set and become invalid in tournaments. Unlike the giant Pokemon cards made from tournament play, this is a clear rule. However, crossover cards and their accompanying mechanics can still be placed in Commander decks and possibly Vintage and Legacy decks as well. We still don’t know which Assassin’s Creed and Final Fantasy characters we’ll have. But a group of fans bet on Ezio Auditore from Florence and Cloud Strife from FF.
Both franchises are expanding, with Assassin’s Creed receiving several new titles, including the aforementioned Mirage. Final Fantasy fans are still waiting for the 16th installment in the popular game series, which is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2023.

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