Fantasy Flight Games has just announced a new fast-paced, cooperative, dice-driven card game X-Men: Mutant Insurrection. This game is for 1-6 players and will have players working together playing as iconic X-Men to accomplish a variety of different missions. X-Men: Mutant Insurrection is scheduled to be released in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Designed by Richard Launius and Brandon Perdue, X-Men: Mutant Insurrection invites you to travel across the globe on death-defying missions to recruit new mutants, capture criminals, protect innocent lives, and battle against some of the most iconic X-Men villains. You’ll build a team of mutants, with characters like Rogue, Wolverine, and Storm joining forces with Shadowcat, Magik, and Forge. Eight distinct scenarios await, each with their own challenges, and each leading to a no-holds-barred showdown against villains like Magneto, Dark Phoenix, or the Hellfire Club. The Blackbird is ready to launch—join your team and fight for the future!
Whenever you start playing X-Men: Mutant Insurrection, you’ll find yourself pitted against an undeniable threat. The X-Men may learn of a secret lab using mutants as test suspects, Jean Grey may be consumed by the power of the Phoneix Force, or Magneto may declare his intentions to reshape the world under the leadership of the Brotherhood of Mutants.
Your mission begins with the plot card and the story cards that it brings into play. By following the trail of these story cards, your team can accelerate toward a showdown with the dark forces arrayed against you. For example, when you’re playing The Brotherhood of Mutants scenario, your first steps are indicated by the Xavier’s Dream story card. The briefing brought by Xavier’s Dream shows that you’ll need to complete missions around the world to advance to the next part of the scenario! But what exactly goes into taking on a mission in X-Men: Mutant Insurrection?
At the start of each round, you and your fellow heroes are onboard the Blackbird, ready to fly around the world and take on any mission—such as a battle with the villainous mutant, Avalanche! Every mission card features of a series of objectives, each with its own requirements of power, teamwork, and fighting ability. For example, if you’re taking on Avalanche, you’ll need to complete all three objectives (in any order) if you’re going to complete the mission!
Different missions can have very different requirements and you’ll have to carefully choose which mutants are going to tackle a mission, because each of the game’s sixteen mutants boasts their own dice and special ability. Facing down Avalanche means that you’ll have a fight on your hand, and you’ll probably be taking some damage along the way. For a scrappy mission like this, you’re going to want heroes with plenty of red dice to pump out damage, like Wolverine and Cyclops.
Of course, the X-Men have plenty of tools that they could call upon. New mutants can be found around the world, such as Rictor or Cypher, and they’re eager to help out if you take them with you on mission. Special training lets you bank up tokens that can be spent to complete objectives, and you may even have the chance to forge a powerful bond with another hero at the table, such as Love or Camaraderie —giving you each helpful abilities so long as the two bonded heroes are deployed to the same mission.
The threat track is constantly advancing, and if it reaches 15, the X-Men will lose the game!
Every scenario culminates with a massive showdown against the villain!
Completing missions and advancing through the story forms the heart of gameplay in X-Men: Mutant Insurrection, but it’s always leading up to a massive showdown against the villain. This showdown is the cinematic battle against the main villain of the plot, and it pulls together two or more showdown missions, creating a panoramic portrayal of your ultimate battle. Once the showdown begins, every hero on your team will be tested to their limits in this climactic struggle. The only way to claim victory and safeguard our world is to complete the showdown and defeat the villain.
For more information about the game check out the full announcement, but fans of cooperative games will want to keep an eye on this one. Stay tuned to Gaming Trend for all your tabletop news and all of the continuing GenCon coverage as it’s released.