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Asmodee Digital Releases Ticket to Ride on PlayLink for PS4

All aboard! Asmodee Digital announced the launch of Ticket to Ride for PlayLink for PlayStation 4, available now for $19.99 MSRP on the PlayStation Store. With the new Ticket to Ride for PlayLink app on iOS and Android, players already have the best controller in-hand.

Simple, elegant gameplay and intense strategy come together in the critically acclaimed railway-themed board game gone digital, Ticket to Ride from Days of Wonder. The goal is simple – collect trains, claim railway across the map, connect famous cities and build the longest routes to win. Now with PlayLink functionality, Ticket to Ride is the perfect mix of digital and physical, putting social gameplay at the forefront, and automating the scores and progress.

Together players can use their Playstation 4 system to launch the main game on TV, and then grab their Apple iOS or Android devices to use as controllers. A dedicated app called Ticket to Ride for PlayLink enables the connection. Players can enjoy the game without any pesky pieces to keep track of… or any math!

Ticket to Ride brings the strategy of its board game origins to a faithfully recreated experience, unique to PlayLink for Playstation 4. The smartphone control system allows players to hide their next move from competitors, until it’s too late!

The Deluxe Edition of Ticket to Ride is coming later, complete with every map and expansion from the digital edition already available on mobile and PC. An exclusive map set in France that’s never been available before digitally will be available for the release. In fact, no maps have been playable with a smartphone as a controller, until now. Ticket to Ride on PlayLink is a first for Asmodee Digital.

Gen Con 2018: Asmodee Reveals New Digital Games including Gloomhaven!

Asmodee Digital announced at their Gen Con press conference that Gloomhaven is in development and scheduled to launch on Steam Early Access in Q1 2019. Alongside Gloomhaven, Asmodee Digital provided updates on some of the most anticipated games in their digital catalogue including Five Tribes, Bang!, Onitama, Munchkin, The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game, and Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace, and also console games with the famous Ticket to Ride on Playlink for PS4 and Carcassonne on Nintendo Switch.

Developed by Flaming Fowl Studios, Gloomhaven is a dungeon-crawling RPG featuring tactical turn-based combat, and for the first time, an infinitely replayable roguelike mode that will be available during Early Access launch and beyond. Set in a medieval fantasy world, players will struggle to survive through procedurally generated dungeons filled with deadly enemies, equipment to find, and powerful abilities to unlock, with much more in the works for the full launch.

Designed by Isaac Childres, the Gloomhaven board game launched in 2017, raising $4.4 million between two successful Kickstarter campaigns. Since launch, Gloomhaven has received extremely positive reviews from critics and has been rated the “No. 1 Board Game Of All Time” by BoardGameGeek where it also won six Golden Geek Awards.

Updates on Asmodee Digital’s release calendar can be found below:

Coming Soon

The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game (Fantasy Flight Games) – Steam – Q4 2018
Lead a fellowship of three heroes through a series of narrative campaigns across Middle-earth and face off against the dark forces of Sauron. Players will forge their own fellowships and build decks comprised of ally, event, and equipment cards to face challenges that test their spirit, lore, tactics, and leadership. Launching onto Steam Early Access on August 28, 2018

Scythe: Digital Edition (Stonemaier Games) – Steam – Q3 2018
Engine-building game set in an alternate history 1920s period where players attempt to earn fortune and claim their faction’s stake in the land around a mysterious factory. Currently available on Steam Early Access.

Terraforming Mars (Fryx Games; US Publisher: Stronghold Games) – Steam, iOS, and Android – Q3 2018
A Spiel des Jahres nominee set in the 2400s, The taming of the Red Planet has begun! Corporations are competing to transform Mars into a habitable planet by spending vast resources and using innovative technology to raise temperature, create a breathable atmosphere, and make oceans of water.

 

Pandemic (Z-Man Games) – Steam – Q3 2018 (already available on Android & iOS)
Work cooperatively to stop the spread of four diseases and cure them before a pandemic occurs. Each player gets a role and must work with — not against — the other players before any of the game-ending conditions are met.

Onitama (Arcane Wonders) – iOS and Android – Q3 2018
An elegant and simple two player, abstract strategy game where you take on the role of a Master, guiding your monk followers, in an attempt to defeat your opponent. Armed only with a handful of moves, your cunning, and your wits, do you have the skill to be victorious?

Bang! (dV Giochi) – Steam, iOS, and Android – Q3 2018
A Wild-West-themed social deduction game in which players recreate an old-fashioned western shootout with each player receiving a random character for special abilities and a secret Role card to determine their goal.

Bananagrams (Bananagrams) – iOS and Android – Q3 2018
Fast and frantic anagram game where players build crosswords without pen, paper, or a board. Perfect for families, multiplayer, or solitaire, and finally making its digital debut.

Gloom (Atlas Games) – Steam, iOS, and Android – Halloween 2018
A competitive deck-building game that challenges its players to outmatch their opponents in a depressive spectacle, vying to undergo the most miserable mishaps while sabotaging the competition with happy occasions.

Five Tribes (Days of Wonder) – Steam, iOS and Android – Q4 2018
A worker placement game where the workers have already been placed, players must carefully cleverly maneuver workers over villages, markets, oases, and sacred places to carve a pathway to victory and control the Sultanate.

Ticket To Ride (Days of Wonder) – PlayStation 4 with Playlink – Q4 2018
A cross-country train adventure where players collect cards of various types of train cars that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities in various countries around the world. Ticket to Ride will be one of the first games to utilize Sony’s Playlink which will allow players to use their phones to privately view their hands, plan their moves, and make actions.

Carcassonne (Hans im Glück) – Nintendo Switch – Q4 2018
Multi-awarded tile-matching game made digital, including solo vs. AI, pass-and-play and online multiplayer modes. Carcassonne will be one of the first Asmodee Digital titles to debut on the Nintendo Switch with more on the way.

In Development

Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace (Fantasy Flight Games) – Steam – Q1 2019
Completely original adventure game based on Fantasy Flight Games’ Mansions of Madness. Set in a Lovecraftian world, players lead a team of investigators through an eerie mansion and uncover dark secrets.

Munchkin (Steve Jackson Games) – Steam – 2019
A reimagining of Steve Jackson’s iconic Munchkin card game into a dungeon crawling digital adaptation. Players cooperate to kill monsters and grab hilarious magic items… but at the end, there is only one winner!

Rumor Mill: Asmodee Exploring a Sale

The board game publisher Asmodee Group is rumored to be exploring a sale. The potential sale could see the company valued at more than 1.5 billion euros/$1.7 billion. According to Reuters, Guyancourt, a French-based company, owned by private equity firm Eurazeo, has hired investment bankers to run the sale process. Eurazeo owns Asmodee.

The company generates 100 million euros/$119 million in 12-month earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. Eurazeo took over Asmodee in 2013 for 143 million euros and it is not uncommon for an investment firm to sell in hopes of making a profit.

Asmodee and Eurazeo has been aggressive bringing in new intellectual property and publishing studios. Asmodee includes Fantasy Flight Games, Days of Wonder, Asmodee Studio, Catan Studio, Z-Man Games, Plaid Hat Games, Lookout Games, and more. Their games include Catan, X-Wing, Flick Em Up, Ticket to Ride.

Fantasy Flight Games Merges with Asmodee

Asmodee-DOYAsmodee is gobbling up the game industry. The company has announced it will be merging with juggernaut Fantasy Flight Games. This is the second acquisition for Asmodee in six month. The company earlier this year acquired Days of Wonder.

Fantasy Flight Games brings a solid list of licensed games including Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and Sid Meier’s Civilization, and Games Workshop’s various worlds. It also helps Asmodee get a further foothold into North America, as Fantasy Flight has a great infrastructure with which they can build.

In return, Fantasy Flight gets better access and distribution in Europe. Asmodee oversees has distribution companies in the UK, Germany and the Benelux countries. They also act as a distributor for other brands not their own in various European countries.

FFG-Logo-BlueFantasy Flight Games will continue to operate as a fully independent publisher in the Asmodee Group out of its Roseville, MN headquarters and Fantasy Flight CEO Christian T. Petersen will continue in his current position, while also becoming a significant shareholder of the combined entity.

Most games will not be affected, though some games that are a better fit for Asmodee may shift over to them and vice versa.

Days of Wonder's Five Tribes is Here

Five-Tribes-Box-enDays of Wonder has released Five Tribes, which debuted at Gen Con. The game builds on the tradition of German-style games. The game twists the “worker placement” genre, starting with the pieces already on the board. Players mus maneuver them through villages, markerts, oasis, and sacred places that make up Nagala. How, when, and where you dis-place these Five Tribes of Assassins, Elders, Builders, Merchants, and Viziers determine your victory or failure.

The game features 30 tiles depicted the Sultanate of Nagala, 22 Djinn, and 54 Resource cards. It also has over 100 wooden pieces, which includes 90 meeple which represent the 5 tribes. There’s also palm trees and palaces.

The game is designed for 2 to 4 players age 13+. Games should run between 40-80 minutes.

Five-Tribes-setup

Small World, A Spider’s Web and Royal Bonus in November

Small World – A Spider’s WebDays of Wonder has announced new expansions for their popular game Small World. Two, Spider’s Web and Royal Bonus, will debut at the Essen Fair in October, and retail shelves in November. Royal Bonus was previously only available as part of the Small World 2 Kickstarter campaign.

At the same time, both The Necromancer Island and Leaders expansions, which have been out of print for years will also be available through game stores.

A Spider’s Web features entries from Andrew Capel, Alex and Bill Gurski, and Randy Pitchford, “Spiderine” backers from the Small World 2 Kickstarter campaign. It contains 3 new Races: Ice Witches, Skags and Slingmen; as well as 3 new Special Power badges: Copycat, Lava and Soul-Touch. This expansion comes complete with a plastic storage tray designed to store all the badges and tokens from A Spider’s Web, plus it includes room for all the additional recent Small World expansions. Retail Price is $15/€14.

The Royal Bonus expansion was previously available only to backers of the Small World 2 digital version of the game. It includes  3 new Race banners and tokens (Fauns, Igors & Shrubmen) and 3 new Special Power badges (Fireball, Aquatic & Behemoth). Retail Price is $12/€10.

Small World fans get another treat as Necromancer Island and Leaders, two additional micro-expansions for Small World that have been long out of print will be reprinted and available for $6/€5.

Asmodee Gets a Ticket to Ride

Asmodee-DOYThis is news you might have expected to be announced at Gen Con, but a little over a week since the convention has ended it has been announced that Asmodee has acquired Days of Wonder in a merger. Days of Wonder will now be a wholly owned subsidiary of Asmodee.

That means Asmodee will now be adding to their line of games hits such as Ticket to Ride and Small World. This gives Asmodee a bigger presence in the U.S. game market as well as Days of Wonder’s digital game expertise. The company has found massive success with their Ticket to Ride app.

Asmodee’s North American and European operations are quite different. In North America, the company is the publisher for it’s own games. In Europe, the company owns distribution companies and sells more than just its own games.