Times are changing in the galaxy. As you embark on new missions and fight to keep the side of the Force tipping in your favor you’ll have undoubtedly made some connections on your way. Because of these connections, it’s not always the case that you’ll walk into situations alone anymore. Maybe you’ll have a bodyguard to protect you? Maybe you’ll have a powerful Sith lord watching you from the shadows?
In the new deluxe expansion for Star Wars: The Card Game announced by Fantasy Flight, you’ll no longer have to take on missions alone. Balance of the Force introduces brand new cards, rules, and for the first time in the game, a two-versus-two format. This new format allows you to team up with a friend and go head-to-head against a pair of opponents, and the new challenge deck allows for up to three friends to take on a singular, powerful foe.
Six new objective sets will be included in the deluxe expansion, and with them come new units and tactics. Fantasy Flight is calling Balance of the Force “the multiplayer expansion” for the game, and designer Nate French elaborates on that just a bit for us:
Balance of the Force, the multiplayer deluxe expansion for Star Wars: The Card Game was a project that grew in the making. The original vision was to allow two to three light side players to join forces against a single powerful dark side player. It was an exciting vision for the product, but as we started developing it, we began to realize that the game’s multiplayer format also held the potential to bring even more to the game.
“Instead of only allowing the light side to play as a team,” we asked in early development talks, “why not enable team play for both light side and dark side?” Once that question was on the table, everything else fell quickly into place.
Nate talks more about the different formats included in the expansion, and goes into more detail on the Fantasy Flight post. The challenge deck scenarios will enable a single player to take on either a two- or three-player team of opponents. The challenge deck itself will be a powerful, singular deck that is run by the player who is against the team. The two decks included in Balance of the Force will be Jerjerrod’s Task and The Hunt for Skywalker.
In Jerjerrod’s Task, the dark side player works to complete a second Death Star, while the light side players work to sunder the project.
The Hunt for Skywalker sees the dark side players attempting to locate Luke Skywalker while the light side player is looking to help Luke hide away.
When the developers were coming up with the challenge decks, they also were working on new rules that allowed teammates to work together. They came up with a “common reserve” that enables players to pass a card between teammates, and both support attack and defense mechanics will allow players to support each other in combat. Balance of the Force will introduce brand new ruleset for both playing and deck building for the new formats, so players won’t have to worry about being confused out of the gate. I think these new formats will definitely help the game grow, and I just may give it a try myself. The only bad thing about Balance of the Force is the wait until the fourth quarter of this year when it releases!