Fantasy Flight Games has acquired the rights from Lucasfilms to publish Star Wars games. Woot! This includes Board, Card, Roleplaying, and Miniatures. So of course one of their first releases will be X-Wing, a miniatures game. Will FFG be able to capture the feel of battling X-Wing’s vs Tie Fighter’s?
One of the earliest PC games I ever loved was Tie Fighter, which was the sequel to X-Wing. Can pre-painted miniatures, intriguing game play, and scaleable conflicts measure up to that experience? I can only hope so. If anyone can do it, I’m hoping Fantasy Flight Games can.
Here’s the info from FFG on x-Wing:
Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the upcoming release of X-Wing, a tactical ship-to-ship combat game in which players take control of powerful rebel X-wings and nimble Imperial TIE Fighters (with more starfighters to choose from in future releases), pitted against each other in fast-paced space battles! Featuring beautifully detailed painted miniatures, X-Wing recreates the excitement of Star Wars‘ incredible space battles throughout its several included scenarios…or gives you the tools to imagine your own. But whatever your mission, you’ll need all your skill and cunning to claim victory.
Assemble your squadron leaders
X-Wing delivers rapid gameplay that puts you in the middle of Star Wars‘ fiercest firefights. Each ship type has its own unique piloting dial, which is used to secretly select a speed and maneuver each turn. After planning maneuvers, each ship’s dial is revealed and executed (starting with the lowest skilled pilot). So whether you rush headlong toward your enemy showering his forward deflectors in laser fire, or dance away from him as you attempt to acquire a targeting lock, you’ll be in total control throughout all the tense dogfighting action.
Want to customize your ship and crew? X-Wing’s advanced rules let you spend setup points to allot resources to your ships, so whether you enter the fray with a seasoned ace, an anxious rookie, or even Luke Skywalker himself, you’ll face a range of compelling options before you even fire up your engines. Choose your pilot, fighter specifications, and (in the case of the X-wing) Astromech droid, all of which has a direct and significant impact on your strategy.
With its easy-to-learn rules system, beautifully detailed components, and range of gameplay options, X-Wing immerses players in the tense cinematic excitement of Star Wars’ space battles. And with multiple sets, you can even combine your forces to create your own epic engagements. Learn more at our X-Wing website, keep checking back for previews, and look for X-Wing to hyperspace jump onto store shelves in the first quarter of 2012!