Neopets is kicking off its new period by returning to an outdated one: The corporate’s newly-independent management has introduced the creation of a buying and selling card game referred to as Neopets Battledome, harkening again to the unique Neopets Buying and selling Card Game from the early 2000s. I by no means performed that one myself, however I wager there are numerous 20- and 30-somethings on the market who expertise a type of full-body time journey at any time when somebody reminds them of it.

In contrast to the unique Neopets TCG, which was made by Wizards of the Coast, the brand new card game is being made by Higher Deck. That is the identical firm taking rival game-maker Ravensburger to court docket over upcoming CCG Disney Lorcana, if the identify sounds acquainted.

Neopets Battledome is ready to hit in 2024, simply in time for Neopets’ twenty fifth anniversary. It will be a two-player TCG that includes “a singular cube fight system, progressive deck constructing methods, and over 20 Neopets to gather”. If the identify rings a bell, it is as a result of the Battledome was where you’d ship your Neopets to struggle and die in your identify within the browser game.

The game will characteristic “over 250 distinctive items of customized artwork” from a bunch of various artists and you may get a take a look at it if you happen to occur to be attending this August’s Gen Con. In any other case, you are simply gonna have to attend till subsequent yr. Provided that I think about numerous the individuals who will probably be enthusiastic about this have in all probability been ready for it because the authentic was discontinued in 2006, I suppose yet another yr is not an excessive amount of to ask.

Neopets is a surprisingly potent idea for me. Like Myspace, Bebo, MSN Messenger, and Smarterchild (the unique and biggest AI), it looks like some kind of totemic image of a now-buried period of the web. Seeing it by some means survive—and escape the embrace of its NFT-hawking former dad or mum firm—and nonetheless have the clout to place out precise, bodily merchandise in 2023 is weirdly touching. It may not have that energy which within the outdated days dominated browsers all over the place, however Neopets nonetheless lives.