Gen Con: Asmodee Digital Announces Gloomhaven On Steam In 2019, Plus A Huge Upcoming Slate of Digital Board Game Ports

Gen Con: Asmodee Digital Announces Gloomhaven On Steam In 2019, Plus A Huge Upcoming Slate of Digital Board Game Ports

Yesterday, on the opening day of Gen Con 2018, the digital board gaming power house that is Asmodee Digital, revealed their upcoming slate of digital board games for Steam, iOS, Android and console platforms.

While we have already heard about some of these titles during last year’s Gen Con announcement, there are several exciting new additions to the road map. Plus, Asmodee always seems to keep one or two surprises close to the vest so I’m sure there will be some additional unannounced games as well. One previously announced title that appears to have been dropped from the immediate road map is the port of CMON’s Zombicide, but an existing version has been available on Steam for a couple of years for Tabletop Simulator.

The headliner for this year’s announcement is the BoardGameGeek Hotness-Topping tactical, dungeon-crawling RPG behemoth, Gloomhaven. This “award-winning board game celebrated for its tactical combat and branching narratives” is currently in development and scheduled to launch on Steam Early Access in Q1 2019.

The digital release of Gloomhaven is being developed for Asmodee Digital by Flaming Fowl Studios, and will feature a brand new “infinitely replayable roguelike mode” that will be available starting during Early Access launch. According to Asmodee, it will be “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”.

We’re absolutely thrilled to have the privilege of bringing Gloomhaven to Steam. It’s one of the highest regarded games from the tabletop community and is a perfect addition to our digital catalogue,” said Pierre Ortolan, CEO of Asmodee Digital. “Flaming Fowl Studios is a young studio with talent whose vast experience includes the Fables series. When paired with our proven track record of creating engaging digital board games, we are confident that Gloomhaven’s digital edition will surpass even the most seasoned players expectations.

While Asmodee’s digital version will be inspired by the source game, like many of their other digital adaptations, it will not be a direct digital port. Instead they plan to expand the experience, starting with the endless roguelike mode and offer a unique experience that features new things not otherwise capable in a solely cardboard format. The port will be overseen by Gloomhaven’s designer, Isaac Childres.

Gloomhaven is, in a lot of ways, inspired by video games so it made sense that there would one day be a digital adaptation of it. Like the physical product, the digital version will be a large project that is more like its own unique game rather than a digital port of a board game,” said Isaac Childres, Gloomhaven’s designer and co-founder of Cephalofair Games. “I chose to work with Asmodee Digital because they have the most resources and experience to make sure that it got done right. In their hands, Gloomhaven’s digital edition could become a fully formed digital implementation of the massive critically successful board game. Working with them has been great and every creative decision runs through me to ensure my vision of the world comes to life in the best way possible.

Other updates and announcements include:

Coming Soon (Q3 2018)
Scythe: Digital Edition (Stonemaier Games)

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.

Platforms: Steam

Terraforming Mars (Fryx Games; US Publisher: Stronghold Games)
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.

Platforms: Steam, iOS and Android

Pandemic (Z-Man Games)

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.

Platforms: Steam (Already available on iOS and Android)

Onitama (Arcane Wonders)
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?

Platforms: iOS and Android

Bang! (dV Giochi)

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.
 
A digital release of Bang! was previously available on iOS from SpinVector S.p.A., but disappeared from the App Store during the whole 64-bit upgrade push, so it’ll be great to have this one back in an all-new release.

Platforms: Steam, iOS and Android

Bananagrams (Bananagrams)
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.

Platforms: iOS and Android

Halloween 2018
Gloom (Atlas Games)

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.

Platforms: Steam, iOS and Android

Coming In Q4 2018
The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game (Fantasy Flight Games)
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

Platforms: Steam (iOS and Android not officially announced, but likely in the future)

Five Tribes (Days of Wonder)

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.

Platforms: Steam, iOS and Android

Ticket To Ride (Days of Wonder)
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.

Platforms: PlayStation 4 with Playlink (Already available on Steam, iOS and Android)

Carcassonne (Hans im Glück)

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.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (Already available on Steam, iOS (via TheCodingMonkeys) and Android)

In Development for 2019
Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace (Fantasy Flight Games)
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.

Platforms: Steam (Due Q1 2019)

Munchkin (Steve Jackson Games)
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!

Platforms: Steam