11 January 2018
Final Force Pack in Alliances cycle will be the last ever
Star Wars: The Card Game’s next expansion will be its last.
Designed by Eric Lang and launched back in 2012, Star Wars: The Card Game is a two-player competitive title set during the original trilogy of films, with some other elements of the Star Wars extended universe also finding their way into the game over its lifetime. Notably, this doesn’t include Episodes VII and VIII of the main movie series, but does cover prequel story Rogue One.
Now, after five and a bit years in circulation, Fantasy Flight has announced the ‘completion’ of Star Wars: TCG, with the last Force Pack in the current Alliances cycle of expansions, Promise of Power, serving as an end cap to the entire series.
The pack – which adds ten objective sets and a host of characters from TV animation Star Wars Rebels – is the last in a run of six cycles and five major expansions for the game, and the final update to the pool of tournament-legal cards leading into the Star Wars World Championships this May, which will be the game’s last appearance at an official organised play tournament.
Star Wars: The Card Game is the third living card game to be brought to an end by Fantasy Flight, following the closure of Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game after seven years in 2015 and the death of two Warhammer LCGs – 2009’s Warhammer: Invasion and 2014’s Warhammer 40,000: Conquest – in 2016 as a result of the publisher’s split with Games Workshop. A Game of Thrones: The Card Game was similarly concluded in 2015, but replaced by a second edition the same year that continues to today.
The other living card games currently alive and well are Arkham Horror: The Card Game, The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game – which is due to come to PC as a free-to-play app soon – recent newcomer Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game and, of course, Android: Netrunner, which recently overhauled its core set and tournament pool of cards with a rotation.