Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) has announced a new partnership with theOP to bring new officially licensed factions to Smash Up. This is the first time that the two California companies have worked together, and Smash Up is a perfect forum for bringing in well known properties in interesting ways.
Smash Up (2012) is, of course, the phenomenally popular card game from Paul Peterson, in which players combine two factions decks together (“shufflebuilding”) to create a unique monster force. This new hybrid deck is then used to take over Base Cards for points. Of course, factions would be nothing without special abilities and powers, which can throw all the rules out the window. Previous factions have included Pirates, Zombies, Dinosaurs, Aliens and many others. In fact, with the many expansions already released, Smash Up now has nearly 70 factions.
TheOP (formerly USAopoly) is known for collecting and utilizing numerous intellectual properties, such as Batman, Harry Potter, Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, and others. Previous agreements with other publishers have yielded games such as Talisman: Batman, Talisman: Kingdom Hearts, Codenames: Harry Potter, Thanos Rising, and Star Wars: Dark Side Rising.
AEG has promised more information about the partnership at their March Smashness event in 2020. For more information, check out the full press release here.