Disney Lorcana is Mickey Mouse’s attempt to break into the world of collectible card games (and make a lot more money).
Well… it seems that Disney is not happy with having a monopoly on movies, parks and series: now it also wants to become ‘the King of Games’. The Mickey Mouse company announced today an alliance with Ravensburger, a publisher focused on board games, with the aim of launching its own collectible card game (TCG): Disney Lorcana.
The game has been billed as a ‘family collectible card game’. This means that Disney is hoping to target an audience that might not be comfortable with the Gathering’s Magic demons or the anime girls on Yu-GI-Oh! cards. The first set of cards will be released in the second half of 2023, so there’s a long way to go before you can challenge your friends to a shadow duel with your Frozen deck. But if you’re itching to get a sneak peek, Disney is giving the TCG a first look on September 9th during D23.
“The basic idea is that there is this place called The Great Illuminary,” Ryan Miller, brand manager for Disney Lorcana and an alumnus of Wizards of the Coast (the company behind Magic the Gathering), told Polygon in an interview. “It’s a collection of all the Disney songs and stories that have ever been made, all the characters, and it’s where they’re recorded. Players take on the role of an Illumineer, this powerful wizard who has the ability to bring these characters to life outside the pages (of this collection).”
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So the idea of the game is not just that you collect the cards, but there also seems to be a focus on offering some level of gameplay. It will be interesting to see how Disney Lorcana will try to do it, considering that most of the popular TCGs tend to rely on the complexity of their mechanics or the level of strategy they require.
The game also has the same hooks that we can expect from traditional TCGs. The illustrations have been described as ‘taken from a modern story book’. You can also look forward to cards with foil or holographic prints that increase the rarity (and price) of some of the cards you can get.
“I would say that as a person who collects Pokémon cards, especially shiny Eeveelutions, I am very excited. I can’t wait to add more cards to my collection. I think other Disney collectors will feel the same way,” said Cassidy Werner, head of art for Disney Lorcana.