Fantasy Flight Games has announced the X-Wing Second Edition Core Set which will be released in August at GenCon and then generally released in September 2018. Veteran players of the existing edition of the game can check a new FAQ they’ve added to answer all of your questions regarding what will happen to your current collection.
“While the X-Wing Second Edition Core Set provides everything you need to get started with your first space battles in the new edition, it isn’t all that will be on offer. You can bring your full collection of first edition ships into the new edition with Conversion Kits for the Galactic Empire, Rebel Alliance, and Scum and Villainy. What’s more, a full hangar bay of expansions will launch alongside the Core Set, giving you plenty of options for creating your squadrons and customizing your X-Wing Second Edition experience.” [source]
So why have they released a second edition? If you’ve been playing the game up until this point you’ll have noticed that the constant errata of cards and ships has created a convoluted mess and made the competitive scene a challenging, unfriendly place for new players. It’s also put a lot of strain on needing judges at competitive events to keep everyone above board which slows the game. A lot of the older ships are also lagging in their ability to compete with newer ships and Fantasy Flight have listened to a very vocal community and looked to rectify the situation by cleaning things up and hopefully injecting new life into the game.
“Since 2012 and the release of the game, X-Wing Miniatures Game has grown and expanded to become a massive bestseller. Fourteen waves and fifty-eight distinct starships provided a massive library of ships and tactical possibilities, giving you the chance to field hundreds of unique squadrons in their space battles across the Star Wars saga. Despite the massive success of the game’s first edition, we believe that by advancing the game to a second edition, X-Wing can offer an even better experience!” [source]
Highlights of some of the changes include:
- The addition of force powers to the game in a more streamlined and versatile manner in the form of a new force icon on pilots.
- The Resistance faction has been separated from the Rebel faction and the First Order faction has been separated from the the Galactic Empire faction which should add more tactical variety.
- An official X-Wing App will make building squads easier and will be necessary to build freeform squads.
- A revamped and redesigned damage deck.
For more details regarding the changes affecting the Rebel Alliance, Galactic Empire, or Scum and Villainy factions you can read their own articles on the Fantasy Flight Games website. Also check how these changes will affect the organized play community.