Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The end of Star Wars

I was poking around Wizards of the Coast and I came across something that has tore a chunk out of my gaming heart.

Quoted from Wizards of the Coast's website:
There have been several questions lately regarding the future of the Star Wars Miniatures and Roleplaying Game and until now I haven’t had definitive answers to give you.  After a lengthy evaluation, Wizards of the Coast has decided not to renew the Star Wars license with Lucasfilm. We’ve had a long and fantastic run, but with the economic downturn, we have made the tough decision to discontinue our Star Wars lines.

The license officially ends in May this year, with WotC product available through August. In the meantime, we have awesome new products still coming your way. This week, we released The Dark Times minis and Galaxy of Intrigue RPG. We’ll have more coming with Masters of the Force minis in April, which will have some of your most favorite characters along with rare creatures from the Dejarik Holochess game that have never appeared in our game. We’ll also release The Unknown Regions RPG in April, which includes entirely new planets and mini-adventures for each world.

We are finishing the line with a bang so look for special programs at your local game store to stock up on favorite sets before they go into the vault. We will continue to support our Star Wars forums on the Wizards Community site so you can reach out and chat with us and other fans.

While I know the news is disappointing, we wanted to make this announcement as soon as possible and thank you for being such great fans. It’s been a fantastic ride with the Star Wars community and working with Lucasfilm. We hope you enjoy the next several months of great products. You never know when we may circle back again!

Greg Yahn

Director of Marketing, Wizards of the Coast
What does this mean for all of us that play Star Wars Miniatures and the Star Wars Saga Edition Roleplaying game? Well, I'm GLAD to say that Wizards won't be screwing up rules or stats anymore and that some other company will probably JUMP on the opportunity to put out Star Wars products, with my guess being Fantasy Flight Games.

Stay tuned and maybe before Christmas we'll have news of what's going to happen to these games...

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