05 January 2021
The licence expired December 31st
Battlestar Galactica – Starship Battles is a miniatures game through Ares Games, a game we reviewed back in a 2018 edition of the magazine (though additional waves of ships and miniatures followed it), and based of course on the Battlestar Galactica media franchise. Despite games being scheduled for early this year, the license agreement with Universal Brand Development has ended, as "all negotiations to extend it failed to reach a satisfactory outcome".
The aforementioned games were due to be released as soon as this month, however, as a result of the license expiry, the expansion Faster than Light and the Additional Counter Set will be released only as free downloadable PDFs. Ares Games has confirmed that there will be no further models to be released. Furthermore, existing inventory will only be sold until June 30th, 2021, so if wanting to pick up any of the line, you haven't all that much time to do so.
Ares Games said of the development "The end of the game represents a significant loss to us – not just because of the loss of all developed models in the pipeline, now cancelled, and of all the work we dedicated to the project for several years - but also because we will not be able to provide to the dedicated player’s community which supported the game the new releases they were waiting for."
Indeed, the game received a number of awards over its cycle, and so it's fair to say it will be missed.