If you’ve already played Paradox Interactive’s quirky Magicka series, you already know about what to expect with its new spinoff developed by Paradox North, Magicka: Wizard Wars. The new PvP-focused game is now available on Steam Early Access in three flavors: Starter Wizard Pack ($12.99), Founder Wizard Pack ($19.99), and IMPressive Founder Pack ($49.99). As with all things Early Access on Steam, you can expect to see bugs, crashes, glitches and more, but you’ll also have the chance to help improve the game before its official launch.

Magicka: Wizard Wars pits two teams of four players against each other with the goal of eradicating the other with extreme prejudice using whatever sadistic magic they have at their disposal. And given the fact that friendly fire is on in this little grand competition, there’s a good chance that you may end up incinerating a friend...or maybe your whole team if you’re creative.

If you’re curious to learn more, head over to the Magicka: Wizard Wars Steam Early Access page and check out the upcoming developer livestream Q&A on Thursday, October 17th.

Wizard Wars Now Playable via Steam Early Access Program

Wizards Kept Mashing Fire & Water Keys Until It Worked

NEW YORK — October 15, 2013 — Paradox Interactive, a publisher of games with an excess of access, today announced that Magicka: Wizard Wars had joined the Steam Early Access program, allowing players to purchase and play an early version of the game before its official release. Magicka: Wizard Wars, the upcoming spellcasting action PvP game from Paradox North, can now be played during its Alpha phase, giving players a look behind the magic at the equally baffling world of game development and a chance to see the title take shape via their own feedback and suggestions.

Three tiered packages are available for purchase during Early Access, all of which—in addition to accessing the Alpha itself—will include something special that only early supporters of the game will receive. No purchase is necessary during Early Access to play Magicka: Wizard Wars when it launches in 2014, Early Access adopters simply get a head start on the fun.

Purchasable packages provide players perks pertaining to powers of prestidigitation, including bonus robes, in-game weapons, extra Alpha invites, bonus games from Paradox, and even the ability to name an in-game Imp. For full details on the packages available for Magicka: Wizard Wars, visit http://access.wizardwars.com.

In Magicka: Wizard Wars, two teams of four wizards each will do their best to incinerate, refrigerate, and defenestrate one another in chaotic combat, utilizing the versatile, element-combining spell system of Magicka. With friendly fire in full effect, wizards will have to think on their toes and mind their aim as they contend with imps, enemy players, and each other. With short battles, skill-based spellcasting, and flammable friends, Magicka: Wizard Wars explores all the ways that teamwork can go horribly wrong.

The developers of Magicka: Wizard Wars will conduct a Q&A during a live streaming event on October 17, where players can ask which elements hurt the most and/or taste the best as tart filling. Join the stream at twitch.tv/paradoxinteractive at 9 p.m. CET (12 p.m. PDT).

For more information, please visit http://www.wizardwars.com/.

Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016

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