“Just as in the Magic card game in Magic: The Gathering – Battlegrounds players will choose a duelist and up to two of Magics five colors — red green white blue and black — to attempt to reduce their opponents life to zero. Of course getting an opponent to zero will not be easy; players will have to utilize lightning reflexes strategic brilliance and on occasion raw power to overcome an enemy.
- Magic: The Gathering – Battlegrounds will feature an engrossing single-player Quest Mode featuring a story that includes characters from Magic: The Gathering storylines while also introducing a variety of new characters and locales. Single-player Quest Mode will be composed of six chapters each featuring up to 15 quests. Most quests will involve battles with resident duelists sub-bosses or bosses who often control a particular creature or spell that the player has not yet acquired. As the player progresses the resident duelists get tougher and control more powerful spells. Upon defeating these opponents players can gain access to these new spells and creatures; the enemy duelist becomes playable within the game; and the player can select from various clothing and other accoutrements allowing players to customize the look of their chosen duelist.
- In addition to acquiring new spells Magic: The Gathering – Battlegrounds will provide players with the ability to increase their duelists power with special artifacts. Artifacts are magical relics with varying effects that when used correctly enhance a duelists chances of victory. Every time a single-player chapter is completed by defeating that chapters sub-boss the player can select one of several artifacts to add to his collection.
- More than 350000 Xbox gamers are currently enjoying online game play and downloadable content via Xbox Live! Magic: The Gathering – Battlegrounds will feature an entire host of features that take full advantage of this new opportunity for extended online play. Xbox Live! features will include: a global ranking and statistics system; new downloadable content; convenient cross title invitations; opponent feedback forums; a robust friends list; voice chat; and more.