There's a free visual novel based on Magic: The Gathering's new cyberpunk setting

There's a free visual novel set in the world of Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty (opens in new tab), the magical-cyberpunk setting created as the new world for Magic: The Gathering (opens in new tab)'s latest set. Kamigawa: A Visual novel casts the player as a magically spirit-infused Imperial Samurai with an important job to do. 

As you explore the neon streets of Kamigawa, you learn more about the powers of your bonded kami god-spirit, and you pick up or discard members of your party. It's a cool game, taking you on a whirlwind tour of one of the most radical setting shakeups in Magic history. The previously low-tech and feudal Kamigawa hasn't been visited in years, and its radical new form is a crazy twist compared to previous setting revisits.

Either way, you don't need to know much to go and meet the moonfolk, rat-people, and snake-men who live on Kamigawa. Go get some noodles in the neon, Blade Runner style, and see what weird side quests you can find. 

You can get Kamigawa: A Visual Novel for free on itch.io (opens in new tab), and presumably in the future on Steam. (opens in new tab) The Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty cards for Magic: The Gathering release worldwide on February 18th.

If you're hungering for more Magic: The Gathering while that downloads, go read about how the first digital deckbuilder was a Magic: The Gathering game from 1997 and it ruled (opens in new tab).

Jon Bolding is a games writer and critic with an extensive background in strategy games. When he's not on his PC, he can be found playing every tabletop game under the sun.