Ares Games released a sad announcement about their well-regarded title Battlestar Galactica: Starship Battles, namely that they had failed to extend the license, and that their license expires on December 31st.
This means that ongoing support for the game is going to be discontinued, as the developers lose the rights to make the game. Universal Studios owns the rights to Battlestar Galactica, and it is with them that the negotiations failed, for unknown reasons. However, while the end is near for Battlestar Galactica: Starship Battles, there are still a couple of things left to come.
First is that the two previously announced expansions Faster Than Light, and Additional Counter Set will see a limited release. Instead of getting a retail release, these two expansions will only be released in a free PDF release that players will be able to print and use. The Faster Than Light expansion will provide a variety of optional rules including additional rules for planetoids, for starships landing, and taking off, and rules for advanced FTL movement. As it says on the tin the Additional Counter Set has a variety of counters including damage counters, FTL markers, and ship base templates. Described as punchboards, it sadly will have to be cut unless you print it in cardboard yourself.
As for the existing inventory, Ares Games will continue selling it until June 30th, 2021. There won't be any new models released or other new releases. This includes stuff that was being worked on, as Ares Games mentions that they had several developed models in the pipeline. Sadly, we don't know what they are, but it does leave one wondering what additional plans they had for the game before losing the license.
What do you think of Battlestar Galactica: Starship Battles coming to an end? Have you played the game? Let us know in the comments below!