Under the label Avalon Hill brings Hasbro a new miniatures war game onto the market that is actually a very old one: Heroscape. The hex board game is one of the novelties announced by the toy giant at Gen Con 2022.
Hasbro has some hot irons in the fire: In addition to new ones content for HeroQuest and Betrayal at House in the Hill there is also something completely new – or at least almost new. Heroscape returns to the tabletop miniature wargame originally produced by Milton Bradley between 2004 and 2008.
Age of Annihilation
With “Age of Annihilation”, Avalon Hill and Hasbro have announced a novelty for the almost twenty-year-old board game with stackable hex fields. That was a real surprise as we hadn't heard of it before.
Not much is known: There is a trailer and a subtitle – otherwise not yet. However, Avalon Hill says it intends to release more information in the coming weeks.
The teaser video shows some miniatures standing on the stacking fields that characterize the board game. So it seems clear that little will change in the basic game concept. There are dragons, orcs and goblins and of course some pretty massive weapons. Otherwise, there's plenty of lava and some spark effects, which could at least hint at an Age of Annihilation theme. It's about annihilation.
Things weren't going well for Heroscape in the mid-2000s after it was taken over by Wizards of the Coast. The title was discontinued in 2010. It was a fantasy wargame with a special look, even by today's standards. The 3D terrain with several game levels is an approach that could prevail - possibly much more successfully than back then. Heroscape has been dead as a game and as a brand for twelve years. That's why the recent announcement was all the more surprising Hasbroto want to revive the game. It is still completely unclear who will implement the idea. At that time it was Stephen Baker, Rob Daviau, Craig Van Ness - three authors who were able to assert themselves on the market with their games years later. Rob Daviau's works include Pandemic: Legacy; Stephen Baker is behind HeroQuest and Space Crusade;
Craig Van Ness had a hand in Risk: Star Wars in the game.
More information about Heroscape: Age of Annihilation will be available on August 8th.
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