Paradox Interactive, a publisher of games that are often misspelled, today released a free update to Magicka 2 which includes an overhaul of the game’s iconic spellcasting system. Magicka 2, a game that teaches “with great power comes zero responsibility,” now includes three additional elements to include in spells, added for free to further empower friendship-ending team-killing accidents. The new spell system arrives today on Windows PC, and will appear very soon for the PlayStation4 computer entertainment system.
Two of the three elements added to the Magicka 2 spellcasting system make their triumphant return from the classic repertoire of the original Magicka: Ice, created by combining Cold and Water, and Steam, created by combining digital software sales with a convenient interface. These new elements now occupy just one slot each in a five-element spell, allowing players to finally recombine Steam and Lightning, or Ice and Lightning, or Lightning and Lightning (which was available before but is honestly a very nice combination). An all-new element has been added as well: Poison, created by combining Water and Death, which generates a cloud of toxic, life-sapping gas. All spell elements are now lovingly rendered in a new visual effects system also being added to the game today, also for free, also.
A new trailer – which is also free – is available today to demonstrate how to handle wizards with toxic behavior.
“It’s driving me out of my mind,” said Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive. “That’s why it’s hard for me to find. Can’t get it out of my head – use it, cast it, try it, (wrong button, you’re dead). That spell is poison.”
In addition to today’s free Magicka 2 update, new in-game content is on sale today for truly professional prestidigitators:
- The Magicka 2 Gates of Midgård Challenge Pack, a set of three new Challenge Maps, perfect for sampling new spells
- The Magicka 2 Three Cardinals Robe Pack, a stylish new selection of wizard-wear (not stain resistant; highly flammable; do not eat).
Magicka 2 brings players back to the world’s most irreverent co-op action adventure series, providing all-new game features alongside the original’s iconic spellcasting system, humor, and always-on friendly-fire. Guided by Vlad, up to four wizards at once can challenge a series of new levels in a co-op campaign, or take on challenge levels for score, prestige, and game-altering ‘artifacts’ that alter Magicka 2 in strange and wonderful ways. The world is invited to put on their robes and wizard hats, invite their friends, and learn to spell all over again.