Fantasy Flight Games announces details on Imperial Assault App
The Death Star has been destroyed—but as fragments of wreckage rain down on Yavin 4, the war is not over. The time for heroes has not passed. If anything, the Rebellion needs heroes more now than ever before. The Galactic Civil War is raging on, and it’s time for you and your friends to come together and journey side by side into a galaxy filled with more peril, excitement, and adventure than you had ever imagined.Fantasy Flight Games has just released details on their upcoming Legends of the Alliance app that will support Cooperative and Solo play for Imperial Assault. In both the 2016 and 2017 GenCon In-Flight reports Fantasy Flight Games announced work on the app was continuing, but did share details beyond that. Gamers should not have long to wait based on the report from Fantasy Flight Games that the app is "coming soon." In 2016 Fantasy Flight Games released the Road to Legend app for Descent: Journeys in the Dark Second Edition. That app allowed for solo and fully cooperative play without one person having to play as overlord. Road to Legend has been supported with additional campaign releases, and allows players to select what physical content they have purchased and then integrates that content into the game. Legends of the Alliance for Imperial Assault appears to include similar support, including the ability to play the game fully cooperatively. Cooperating to Save the Galaxy Legends of the Alliance is will release as a free companion app for Imperial Assault that allows up to four players to join the Alliance and fight the Galactic Empire together with the app taking full control of the Empire over the course of a single game or over a campaign. Designed exclusively to allow for cooperative play, the app does not replace a traditional campaign that includes an overlord or the skirmish game. Those modes of play will continue to exist separately and will continue to be supported by Fantasy Flight Games. Getting Set Up Similar to the Descent App, Legends of the Alliance requires players to select what physical content will be available. Whether you have just the core set or every single expansion, the play experience will be tailored based on what physical content is available. Players will only need to select what content they have once, and can change those selections at any time. On release the app will only support Imperial and Mercenary forces from the Core Set, but planned future updates will add foes and allies from all of the additional box expansions, Ally Packs, and Villain Packs. Replacing the Imperial player, Legends of the Alliance will provide introductions to each quest and will instruct players how to set up the map. The map will include map tile details, placement of Imperial forces, supply crate locations, and objective tokens for the mission. App based play allows for truly hidden information. While the app provides instructions on how to set up what is visible to players, tiles beyond doors won't be placed until doors open. Maybe the hallway beyond that door is empty. Maybe it contains a room full of stormtroopers eating their galacticaly delicious lunches? As soon as you open a door the app will pause for you to add indicated map tiles and any Imperial forces or other traps you can now see. Adventure Awaits Once installed, players will have the chance to play through a tutorial that will to teach them the game and the primary differences between the new fully cooperative campaign and the traditional game. Players will then be invited to take on a brand new five scenario mission: Death Star above Yavin 4. This campaign requires only the Imperial Assault Core Set. After each mission players will have the chance to resupply and upgrade their heroes. Following a mission, whether victorious or defeated, players will be taken to a map of the galaxy from which they can learn skills from class cards or upgrade their weapons and equipment in the armory. The app tracks back class cards and item purchased, allowing for quick setup in future plays. Imperial Assault...ing you Legends of the Alliance isn't just creating a map full of characters for you to shoot down. These figurines fight back. At the end of each Hero activation, the app will select an Imperial unit to activate and provide orders for it. Smart technology allows the app to isolate heroes and pick off the weak. Each Imperial activation provides special abilities and powers, as well as a list of actions for you to carry out on behalf of the app. These aren't your friendly neighborhood stormtroopers. Darth Vader will enter battle, cutting your allies down with melee weapons. Stormtroopers will fire and duck back under cover. Each unit in the game will have behavior reflective of their character, and will be up to you and your friends to work together to develop strategies to defeat them. Available Soon? Fantasy Flight Games has only announced that the app will be "available for download soon." Fantasy Flight Games does not traditionally make announcements too far in advance, so it's likely rebel scum won't have long to wait to begin their assault. Descent's Road to Legend app is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play, and via Steam. It is likely that the Imperial Assault app will also eventually be available on all the devices those platforms support.