Legendary tabletop game of the 80s, HeroQuest, is finally making a comeback. After weeks of countdown happening on Hasbro's website we've finally learned of a remake of the classic game with all-new art, extra characters and best of all it includes a remake of two of the game's expansions, Return of the Lich Lord, and, Kellar's Keep.
The countdown ended today at 12pm EST to reveal a video showing off the new design. The new cover is a redo of the original, this time with a more heavily stylized artwork, and with the elf mysteriously undergoing a gender-swap for some reason. The video also details the new miniatures, and much like the cover these minis will be more stylized than realistic like the originals were aiming for. Another pretty sizable change is that the furniture is no longer constructed from plastic and cardboard, but is instead fully 3D modeled figures.
Right now you can pre-order the game at Hasbro's Pulse site. There are two distinct varieties of HeroQuest to choose from. The Heroic Tier includes the original game, as well as 4 extra gender-swapped characters and one Pulse-exclusive miniature of Lord Ragar. The other version is the Mythic Tier, which as well as including the base game and all the above-mentioned miniatures includes the two expansions that are also seeing a re-release.
If you plan on pledging for the Heroic Tier of HeroQuest it'll run you a cool $99.99, but for the god-like Mythic Tier it'll total up at a whopping $149.99. You have to decide if doing battle with a Lich Lord will be worth your extra wad of hard-earned cash. Not so fast though, if you're not in North American then this campaign isn't available for you. Even if you are in NA but happen to reside in Canada, the only shipping option would be Fed-Ex International Economy coming in at USD 120 for Heroic and USD 135 for Mythic.
That means that to buy the standard version of the game in Canada would cost you an insane $219, and the Mythic edition would run you $284.99 USD, which is significantly more in Canadian dollars. Compared with the U.S. delivery cost of only $25 to anywhere in the (continental) U.S. and it seems more and more likely that Canadian fans are going to get turned off of pledging to the project. What makes it all worse is that the game will only be released if the high $1 million target can be met. Adding insult to injury you'll also need to pay up for the Mythic edition if you want to get any of the promised stretch goals.
If the campaign is successful the game should be hitting a retail release in late 2021 according to Brand Manager, Patrick O'Rourke, in an interview with Polygon.
"if all goes well, there will also be a version of the game available at retail in late 2021"
O'Rourke also discussed some slight changes to the original game's gameplay:
“While the gameplay featured in the original 1989 version of HeroQuest will remain true, the game will be updated to deliver the high-quality experience it deserves.”
You can check out the reveal video at the game's official website, but only time will tell if O'Rourke's statements will prove to be true, or if this will be a re-make to be forgotten about. Either way, the lack of international shipping, the high cost of shipping to Canada, and the $1 million goal could prove fatal to the re-release of this much-beloved game, although at publishing the campaign kicked off quite well and is already over $200k.