Magic: The Gathering to get Warhammer 40K and Lord of the Rings expansions

Hasbro is taking big swings with its Magic: The Gathering brand. Wizards of the Coast president Chris Cocks announced on Thursday the launch of Universes Beyond, a new series of cards that will feature crossovers with other franchises. They will include the Warhammer 40,000 franchise and character’s from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

Magic’s first Universes Beyond crossover was announced in September. It will feature Wizards’ own Dungeons & Dragons franchise in a set of cards called Adventures in the Forgotten Realms. It’s not the first crossover with D&D by a long shot, as the tabletop role-playing game has been publishing sourcebooks based on Magic lore for years.

The partnership with Games Workshop is more of a surprise. The United Kingdom-based company has had an incredible resurgence in recent years, with plastic kits in short supply around the world. It has also experienced a massive bottleneck in its card-based products. There’s no word on whether Wizards will be lending its expertise to help resolve that shortage, which has resulted in scalpers charging exorbitant prices for sets of cards online.


Lord of the Rings tabletop RPG The One Ring is getting a second edition

Middle-earth Enterprises, formerly Tolkien Enterprises, gives Wizards access to certain works by Tolkien. That includes The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy’s characters. Polygon has reached out to Wizards of the Coast, Games Workshop, and Middle-earth Enterprises for more information.

The announcement was made Thursday during a Hasbro’s investor call.

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