Assassin's Creed Board Game Releasing February 26
Last month it was announced that The Witcher series would be getting a tabletop board game entitled The Witcher Adventure Game. Now it has been unveiled that another game franchise is getting the board game treatment - Assassin's Creed. While the fantasy setting of The Witcher is clearly a great fit for a board game, Assassin's Creed certainly wouldn't have been one of the first series to come to mind to make the jump to board games.
Ubisoft has partnered with Cryptozoic Entertainment to create the game, entitled Assassin's Creed: Arena. The game is for 2-4 players, ages 15 and up, with the goal to assassinate targets or other players across Constantinople to rack up Victory Points. Players start each turn by drawing an Event card, which can either affect everyone or just them. Then the player can choose to either Move, Hide, or Attack, with Action cards in your hand determining how many spaces you can move and how many damage points you deal in an attack. The ultimate goal is to attack and kill to acrue points, but hiding allows you to draw a few extra cards, so strategy certainly comes into play.
The ultimate goal is to score 15 Victory Points, which can be done in a variety of ways. Killing patrolling guards nets you points, with the inner sections of the board worth more than the outer sections. There is also treasure you can find, but it only net you points if you can bring it back safely to your home square - if another player character kills you, it drops and can be picked up by anyone. Actually killing a player is difficult though because you can only use one Attack card at a time, as opposed to as many as you want against the guards. Defeating a player only nets you a single Victory Point, but if the player you killed had more Victory Points than you at the time, you get an extra point for a total of two.
It definitely seems like a rather complicated and strategic game, but for the $50 price tag, it's a little disappointing the players and guards are merely cardboard in stands instead of pewter pieces or even plastic. Still, if you're a big Assassin's Creed fan and have a couple of friends to play with, it's not too bad of a deal. The game is currently available for pre-order and will launch on February 26.