Last June, Upper Deck — the trading-card and sports memorabilia maker — announced that it was moving into the digital arena with Legendary DXP, a digital trading card game based on its Legendary tabletop games. The best known of these is probably Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game, though as any true browncoat can tell you, there’s also a version based on Joss Whedon’s Firefly. Legendary DXP will use similar deck building gameplay as the tabletop games, though it will be set in a new — and considerably less expensive to license — fantasy world called Alamyth. The names have changed but the theme remains and players will recruit powerful and legendary heroes to improve their deck and use it to battle dastardly evil-doing villains that keep popping up.
There will be a few different modes of play. Solo play pits you against the AI, or you can take on a friend or unknown human opponent in a quick or customized match. There is also the Gauntlet, a five-player tournament where you’ll battle it out for in-game rewards. Other events and eSports opportunities will be tested after launch.
Upper Deck’s plan is to launch Legendary DXP on iOS, Android, and Steam on August 17th to coincide with Gen Con, and things seem to be proceeding well. A tweetfrom the Legendary DXP account confirmed the game has been submitted to Apple for approval. The game will be free to play, though it will require an IAP to unlock all content that will set you back $2 during Gen Con, August 17th to the 20th, and $5 thereafter.
That’s a reasonable price to unlock content, and as long as there aren’t other freemium shenanigans going on, it sounds like a reasonable bet for deck-building fans. If you’re a huge fan of the Legendary tabletop games and can’t wait to get playing, Upper Deck has been offering early access to interested players – though you can also check out the rather lengthy video above.