Fans of the beloved 80s board game, HeroQuest, have just received big news courtesy of its new owner, Hasbro. While we did report that a revival of the iconic series was in the works at the company, we now have additional details about the project, including an official retail release.
In an official press release, Hasbro revealed that like the original, the new HeroQuest will be semi-cooperative. One player will take on the role of Zargon, the Game Master, and his evil minions while one to four others play as either the barbarian, wizard, elf, or dwarf. The party's goal is to explore the complex dungeon, complete epic quests, find treasure, and defeat the forces of evil. While the 1989 original release of the game was developed by Milton Bradley and Games Workshop, this new version of the game is being published by Avalon Hill, which is now an imprint of Hasbro credited with games like Betrayal at House on the Hill and Diplomacy.
The revival of HeroQuest will include the following out of the box. There will be 14 written quests, booklets, cards, and board tiles featuring stunning artwork done in the same expressive style as the 1989 original, and over 65 detailed miniatures.
Finally, there is the release date and price. If you did not contribute to the HasLab crowdfunding project that helped bring HeroQuest back, you can now purchase this brand new adventure set when it ships to local retailers this December for the recommended price of $125.99. If you wish to secure a copy of this board game for yourself, it is available for pre-order right now on Hasbro Pulse.
While this release does herald the return of the HeroQuest board game system, the situation regarding its tabletop RPG system is a bit more complicated. With the original developers basically continuing the original run of RPG books and supplements under a different name, Hasbro has plenty of open space to do their own thing with the HeroQuest license if this board game revival brings in a bigger audience.