02 January 2018
Labyrinth, My Little Pony and Hunger Games studio working on adaptation of cult movie
There have been a number of card games based on cult ‘80s movie Highlander over the years, but when it comes to board games it seems there can be only one. For the moment, that is.
Bringing the Sean Connery and Christopher Lambert vehicle to the tabletop is River Horse, the British studio behind a number of big screen spin-offs including The Hunger Games, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, and Terminator: Genisys – as well as the surprisingly solid My Little Pony RPG Tails of Equestria.
Sticking in the vein of the sci-fi film, Highlander: The Board Game is described as being “a quick-playing game for up to five players in which you duel throughout the ages in order to be the last immortal standing and claim the prize”.
The action revolves around players recruiting allies and living through whole lifetimes during their immortality to improve their skills and prepare for battle, but they won’t be able to know exactly when enemies will appear to fight.
Warhammer 40,000, Arkham Horror and League of Legends author Graham McNeill has provided some of the narrative background for the game, with River Horse founder Alessio Cavatore and Jack Caesar co-designing the gameplay.
In the core box will be 32mm miniatures of Conner, Ramirez, Kastagir, Fasil and The Kurgan, with more unlocked through the game’s upcoming Kickstarter, due to start on January 12th.
Highlander uses the same signature system of five colour-coded dice – a d4, d6, d8, d10 and d12 – used in all of River Horse’s games, bolstered by 90 cards and five character sheets, plus a main game board.
There's no confirmed release date yet, but it'll likely depend on the outcome of the crowdfunding campaign later this month.