Even if Magic: The Gathering isn’t right up your alley, chances are you at least know a half dozen people who are obsessed with it. Taking advantage of the massive appeal the game has, Wizards of the Coast has teamed up with leading game developers to create 14 unique cards for the release of Magic 2015, which will be available on July 18.
The group of developers involved with creating new cards makes up a laundry list of big names in the industry, ranging from indie game designers to personalities such as Notch and Lord British. Check out the full list below for a better idea of what to expect:
- George Fan: designer of Plants vs Zombies
- Mike Krahulik & Jerry Holkins: Gabe and Tycho, creators of Penny Arcade
- Markus Persson: “Notch,” creator of Minecraft and founder of Mojang
- Richard Garriot: “Lord British,” creator of the Ultima series
- David Sirlin: designer on Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Yomi
- Rob Pardo: chief creative officer at Blizzard, lead designer of World of Warcraft
- Isaiah Cartwright: lead game designer for Guild Wars 2
- Justin Gary: designer of Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer and Solforge
- Stone Librande: lead designer at Riot Games, designer of Diablo 3, creative director of SimCity
- Brian Fargo: founder and CEO of inXile Entertainment, director of Bard’s Tale, Wasteland, executive producer of Fallout
- Mike Neumann: Gearbox Software, creative director on Borderlands
- James Ernest: owner and lead designer for Cheapass Games, designer of Kill Doctor Lucky
- Edmund McMillen: indie designer of Super Meat Boy, featured in Indie Game: The Movie
- Brad Muir: game designer at Double Fine Productions leading Massive Chalice, project lead on Iron Brigade
Fans of the game were also given a chance to contribute a new card to Magic 2015 with the “You Make the Card” contest, and the winner, a card titled “Waste Not,” will also be included in the game. The first card to be revealed, designed by George Fan, can be seen below.
Be sure to check out Magic 2015 once it’s released on July 18, because if past iterations of the series are any indication, there will be tons of new cards, decks and battles to be experienced!