Final Fantasy Coming to Magic? MTG Release Schedule for 2024 and Beyond Unveiled

ChrisCee August 6, 2023 6 min
Final Fantasy Coming to Magic? MTG Release Schedule for 2024 and Beyond Unveiled

What is in store for MTG in 2024 beyond The Lost Caverns of Ixalan? This is one of the burning questions that was summarily answered during this year's very recently held MTG panel at GenCon. And boy, there are quite a lot of things to unpack for its 30th-anniversary announcements. We start with most of the teased sets for next year, and work our way up to the tantalizing new stuff until 2026!

(watch the full MTG Panel at GenCon here)


MTG 2024 Roadmap Overview

  • Ravnica Remastered (Q1 2024)
  • Murders at Karlov Manor (Q1 2024)
  • Universes Beyond - Fallout (Q1 2024)
  • Outlaws of Thunder Junction (Q2 2024)
  • Modern Horizons 3 (Q2 2024)
  • Universes Beyond - Assassin's Creed (Q3 2024)
  • Bloomburrow (Q3 2024)
  • Duskmourn (Q3 2024)


Ravnica Remastered (Q1 2024)

We start with perhaps one of the most beloved planes of all time, one of the two sets that defined the very names of color combinations to this day. Much like other paper remastered sets, it will include a curated selection of cards from the main Ravnica block, will be specially built for a fun Limited format experience, and would not have an MTG Arena release. Expect new retro-framed cards for this set as well!

Murders at Karlov Manor (Q1 2024)

The premier new set for 2024 takes an unprecedented turn to how settings in upcoming card sets are laid out, which Mark Rosewater officially calls "backdrop sets". Murders at Karlov Manor take place in Ravnica, and its events seem very contained, revolving around just one incident. The genre of the whole story is teased to be a murder mystery. Before, we used to (re)visit new planes and see plane-wide events occurring for its native citizens and main characters. This time, the scale is significantly smaller, though the cards for the set would seem to be primarily the same as ever.

The set's release would also have MTG collaborate with the popular murder mystery board-game Clue. A special Murders at Karlov Manor version seems to be in the works, combining the game's sleuthing mechanics with MTG's strategic depth, plus the setting of Ravnica.

Universes Beyond - Fallout (Q1 2024)

Yes indeed, we head into the uncertain future of the alternative nuclear apocalyptic wasteland of Fallout for the next Universes Beyond collaboration. No additional info yet as of now apart from the initial announcement, so stay tuned for future updates!

Outlaws of Thunder Junction (Q2 2024)

This is it, the Wild Western setting for MTG that some people have been craving since forever! The explanation for the setting of Outlaws of Thunder Junction is quite interesting. It is basically a set born directly out of the aftermath of the Phyrexian Invasion. Through the Omenpaths, a brand new "place" was created that eventually became the haven for criminals and outlaws across the multiverse. Mark Rosewater claims that if you squint just enough, players might even be able to recognize some of the characters in the teaser artwork above.

Modern Horizons 3 (Q2 2024)

We already knew how Modern Horizons was created with complexity in mind, paying homage to some of the greatest gameplay design moments throughout MTG's history. The catch for Modern Horizons 3 is that unlike the first two, it will finally include every single mechanic available to the game. Like, every single one so far. This most likely would hype up its Limited format potential. We can once again witness the game's macro-level interactions within a single, evenly-focused set built for advanced play, at a scale that is hopefully bigger than ever before.

It is also quite noteworthy that there is a special emphasis on its release to MTG Arena. But don't expect Modern itself to come over.

Universes Beyond - Assassin's Creed (Q3 2024)

This one has been announced a while back, but it is nice to be confirmed once again in another official panel. This set will feature what is known as Beyond boosters, a sort of collectible, but not draftable set of cards. Still usable in formats Universes Beyond sets are legal in, it's just that they are not curated for the Limited format. The theme for this particular release, would, of course, be Assassin's creed characters, including iconic scenes, moments, and certain story spotlights for the included game titles.

Bloomburrow (Q3 2024)

If Wilds of Eldraine is dubbed as the first story arc (post Phyrexian Invasion), will be the second one, affectionately codenamed as the "dragonstorm arc." Remember those cryptic sets of images Mark Rosewater showed last SDCC, where he cannot elaborate on anything and just put them on a slideshow? They are part of several sets, one of which is Bloomburrow. It is introduced as an anthropomorphic setting, where animals are basically the rulers, and there are no humans or (overly) humanoid creatures. The scale is weirdly consistent though, which means that mice and squirrels stay tiny while having human apparel and attributes.

Bloomburrow is claimed to be one of the most "charming" sets to date. But we'll see if it beats the chipper tones of the lighter parts of Eldraine soon enough.

Duskmourn (Q3 2024)

A "top down, modern horror set" as it is showcased, Duskmourn, House of Horror seems to be the complete antithesis of the colorful world of Bloomburrow. It explores a more updated version of horror tropes, much more akin to classic novels of the 60's, or movies of the 70's and 80's. The "world" of this set takes place in a giant mansion, which as you expect, creates all of these unspeakable creepy things. It is unknown yet how the setting of this world would interact with the larger Multiverse (presumably) outside of it.


MTG 2025 and 2026 Roadmap Overview?

(Disclaimer: At this point, most of these information bits are still in the planning stages, which means designations are simply codenames, and some of the concepts might still significantly change in the future.)

Innistrad Remastered (2025)

The next big paper remastered update. Same stuff, but now we are heading to the classic Innistrad block. Remember that this differs from Shadows Over Innistrad Remastered, which was an MTG Arena exclusive update.

Tennis (2025)

the codename for a wacky set that involves a death race. Yup, professional derby racing across the Multiverse through Omenpaths, it seems—all with the bells and whistles of MTG as we know it today. According to Mark Rosewater, the set will involve at least three planes minimum, two we haven't returned to in a while, and the third was only seen on cards up to this point.

Ultimate (2025)

the codename for a set that would return us to the plane of Tarkir. The key phrase of the concept is "the best of both worlds," combining the highest aspects of both previous Tarkir sets.

Universes Beyond - Final Fantasy (2025)

this panel also confirms that the next UB set after Fallout... is Final Fantasy! For those already familiar with the franchise, the nature of MTG's settings should mesh very well with many of its beloved titles, even including the ones with a significantly more modern setting than the rest! This set is confirmed for release sometime in 2025.

Volleyball (2025)

the codename for the set that would start a brand new arc post-dragonstorm. Story details were scant because as explained, giving any would immediately give it away. But basically, it hints at pushing the boundaries further for sci-fi-meets-fantasy concepts. This time, we actually explore space! If Kamigawa Neon Dynasty echoes futuristic cyberpunk, this one is a bonafide space opera set.

Wrestling (2025)

the codename of a set returning to Lorywn, the plane previously requested most often by fans to be revisited. Much like other revisited planes after a long time, the challenge will be to find new twists to the setting that would yet again challenge the norms, or make the games exciting again for those anticipating the return.

Yachting (2026)

a set that is still deep within the development department, so concepts are still very rough. But it is slated to return players to the plane of Arcavios. What awaits us back in the magical academy plane so far into the future? We'll just have to wait and see.

Ziplining (2026)

a "capstone" climax event set much like War of the Spark and March of the Machine. The theme, setting, its involved characters, and the main villain are, of course, not revealed for spoiler reasons. But the big hint, at least, is that this will be the culmination of all events in future sets starting from Wilds of Eldraine.

BONUS 01: Jurassic World Booster Insert

Much like the release of the Transformers cards in The Brothers' War, MTG is also slated to include Jurassic World tie-in cards as booster inserts for the release of The Lost Caverns of Ixalan this year.

BONUS 02: Secret Lair Commander Deck: Angels

Lastly, the panel also unveiled this bombshell Secret Lair commander deck just right before the presentation ended. Enjoy the alternate artwork!

About ChrisCee:

A witness since the time the benevolent silver planeswalker first left Dominaria, ChrisCee has since went back and forth on a number of plane-shattering incidents to oversee the current state of the Multiverse.

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I hope the FF Eikons are Planeswalkers instead of creatures
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