There has been a disturbance in the Force as USAopoly and Disney Consumer Products UK detail the launch of Star Wars: Dark Side Rising, a new cooperative card and dice game.
Inspired by the events leading up to and through Star Wars: A New Hope, the game sees players work together in a strategy tabletop game to recruit rebels and prevent the construction the Death Star.
Star Wars: Dark Side Rising will be available in the European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) regions this autumn.
“Utilising The OP’s proprietary game engine, which was recently recognised for its achievement in creativity and innovation with licensed products, Star Wars: Dark Side Rising is a best-in-class cooperative tabletop game that will keep players at the edge of their seats,” said Tony Serebriany, director of inventor relations and international sales at USAopoly.
“As our first game designed specifically for the EMEA regions, approachability had to be one of the foundational design pillars. Star Wars: Dark Side Rising requires strategic thinking but scales in difficulty, making it accessible yet challenging and fun for gamers of all experience levels.”
The game starts each player with an individual board that indicates the Rebel cell they are leading: Intelligence, Leadership, Support or Tactical. The player boards depict the Base of Operations – Tatooine, Alderaan, Yavin 4 or Lothal – and Team Leader (starting character asset) for each player – Captain Cassian Andor, Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker and Hera Syndulla.
Players must work together to recruit iconic characters, such as C-3PO, R2-D2, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Admiral Raddus and Han Solo, and organise their cells to thwart the Empire’s rise to galactic domination.
The main board features a custom-sculpted 3D Darth Vader bust that commands the Imperial operatives and actions with orders to wipe out the Rebels and to make the Death Star operational. Meanwhile, players must direct their Rebel efforts across different locations in the galaxy.
Star Wars: Dark Side Rising is designed for two to four players aged 10 and up with an estimated runtime of 45 minutes. The game includes a custom-sculpted Darth Vader bust, a Death Star board with six components, 51 asset cards, 17 custom-sculpted dice and more.
Star Wars: Dark Side Rising is USAopoly’s first Star Wars-themed game and will be available in EMEA regions autumn 2019 for $49.95.
Those attending DISTOY 2019 in London can stop by The OP’s booth (St. Ermins G03) to learn more about the game. The OP will also be showcasing Star Wars: Dark Side Rising at the UK Games Expo.