New details on gameplay, and first look at the cards themselves, have arrived for Star Wars: Unlimited, the new Trading Card Game launching in 2024.
Just the other week, Fantasy Flight announced a new Star Wars TCG was in the works and set to arrive next year. Details were scarce at the time, but the potential had fans (me) drooling. Today, they’ve blessed us with more details, along with a look at some early art, and it definitely sounds like the game old Star Wars CCG fans/players have been waiting for.
For one, they’ve confirmed you’ll be building up your decks before diving into a game session, using the starter packs and randomized boosters you can buy as well. The initial set (called Spark of Rebellion) will include over 200 different cards, which means crafting your strategies is entirely up to you! On top of that, their blog post on their site even details plans for competitive tournaments and such.
Here are more of the gameplay details revealed from their site:
The goal of the game is simple: destroy your opponent’s base before they do the same to you. Of course, there are numerous ways you can approach that goal, and the “unlimited” theme of the game means you can craft a deck that matches the exact playstyle you want.
We’ll go into more detail about deckbuilding at a later date; for now, all you need to know is that your deck consists of cards that you draw and play, your leader, and your base.
Each round consists of you and your opponent alternating back and forth, performing a single action each turn. Almost everything you do in the game is an action, such as playing a card, attacking with a unit, activating an ability, etc. Figuring out which action to use at a given time is a huge part of the game’s strategy, and since your opponent can potentially respond to anything you do with their action, each round is dynamic and impossible to predict!
Another strategic element to the game relates to your play area, which is divided into two different arenas: a ground arena and a space arena. Each unit can only be played into one or the other, which means every battle in Star Wars: Unlimited takes place on two separate fronts.
Some cards are able to affect units in either arena. For example, many leaders—such as Luke Skywalker (Spark of Rebellion 5) and Darth Vader (Spark of Rebellion 10)—have abilities that can affect any unit, regardless of arena. Leaders are powerful cards that can act as a centerpiece to your deck. A typical leader has both an “undeployed” side (where it starts the game) and a “deployed” side, which is also a unit. We’ll go more into detail about leader deployment at a later date, as well as show off who some of the leaders are, so stay tuned!
This game has something for everyone, whether you focus on constructed play or dive headfirst into draft and sealed events.
So yeah, it really sounds like those old-school card games we all loved, but with a dash of modern touches to make it easier to get into. Obviously there’s still a bit of a wait for the game, but based on what they’re showing us now, my hype is fully engaged.
Star Wars: Unlimited is set to launch in 2024.