Star Wars has some of the coolest villains the entertainment world has ever witnessed, as almost all of them are loved by some segment of the fandom. Except for Supreme Leader Snoke, nobody likes Snoke. Be that as it may, the gaming-loving fandom of Star Wars rarely misses a chance to play through the narrative as their favorite villain, and now they can do it in a tabletop — Disney Villainous tabletop series is finally getting a Star Wars spin-off.
That’s right; Ravensburger’s original Disney Villainous, first unveiled in 2018 and possibly one of the best board games released in recent years, finally brings Star Wars villains to the tabletop. As reported by GamesRadar+, Star Wars Villainous will allow fans to play as the legendary Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Asajj Ventress, Moff Gideon, or even General Grievous. Each character has a unique, sculptural pawn made with flecks of different colors, giving them a randomized look.
However, this isn’t just the reskin of an old gaming tabletop system. Just like Marvel Villainous, Star Wars spin-off also features game-specific mechanics, such as vehicles, which are the franchise’s first, and a resource called Ambition. The former allows players to save Heroes from defeat or slow their opponents down, while Ambition offers abilities based on the villain’s use of the Force, combined with their position on the game’s map.
Combined with another mechanic, called Fate, which is basically the game’s objectives list, Ambition fuels various actions at the table. Darth Vader is trying to turn Luke Skywalker over to the dark side of the Force, Grievous is collecting lightsabers, Asajj must complete three of five randomly selected missions, and Gideon is trying to capture Grogu. The objectives of Kylo Ren are still unannounced.
All of this encapsulates mechanics and gaming style incompatible with previous Disney Villainous releases, which means you won’t be able to pit Thanos against Darth Vader — how cool would that be? And as with the previous Villainous releases, the Star Wars spin-off features its very own artwork, which renders iconic scenes and locations from the films. These are all artistical representations of locations from the film, rather than just screenshots. For example, Vader moves through Death Star, Cloud City, and many other locations presented in the Star Wars lore.
Though certain details regarding the new tabletop remain undisclosed, the game’s release date is well known — it’s set to release in August 2022, priced at approx. $40. The Disney Villainous series has flipped the world of tabletop gaming with its first release, The Worst Takes All, which allowed players to take on the roles of the most iconic evildoers from classic Disney animated films. These included Jaffar from Aladdin, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, and many others.
In other Star Wars gaming-related news, the legendary Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video game is finally getting a big-budget remake. This is almost two decades after its initial release. Star Wars game-loving fans are in for a treat in the following years, considering that the number of developing games grew exponentially after EA lost exclusive rights to the franchise.