December 29, 2020 – Publisher Ares Games dropped the sad news of Battlestar Galactica Starship Battles Miniatures Game ending due to not being able to come to an arrangement on the license renewal. The game that originally came out in 2018, had additional expansions come since and had an ambitious pipeline for the future will be coming to a complete end on December 31, 2020. Ares made the apologetic announcement today via their website. According to them, the reasoning is because they and license holder Universal Brand Development “failed to reach a satisfactory outcome.”
There were two expansions planned for early 2021, Faster Than Light and the Additional Counter Set, which are now going to instead be released as free, downloadable PDF. After that, no additional content will be released. The announcement shared their sadness for not being able to bring you all the great content they have been working on, but that they were saddest of all that they were no longer going to be able to bring this game to the community that has embraced it so lovingly. With a new Battlestar Galactica TV show coming soon, who knows if that has anything to do with this, but one thing we do know is this is sad news. The community has proved to still love all things Battlestar Galactica and this is just another thing that people cannot get. Hopefully, something great will come to help fill that void.
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Here is the full announcement from Ares Games:
Ares Games is very sorry to announce the Battlestar Galactica – Starship Battles combat miniature game is going to be discontinued, due to the end of the license agreement with Universal Brand Development. The contract is due to expire on December 31st and all negotiations to extend it failed to reach a satisfactory outcome.
The expansion Faster Than Light and the Additional Counter Set, announced for early 2021, will be released only as free downloadable PDFs, and no further models will be released. Sales of existing inventory will continue until June 30th, 2021.
The end of the game represents a significant loss to us – not just because of the loss of all developed models in the pipeline, now canceled, and of all the work we dedicated to the project for several years – but also because we will not be able to provide to the dedicated player’s community which supported the game the new releases they were waiting for.
Battlestar Galactica Starship Battles was launched in December 2018, when the Battlestar Galactica – Starship Battles Starter Set was released, featuring four ready–to–play miniatures – two Colonial Vipers Mk. II and two Cylon Raiders. Three waves of Spaceship Packs followed, bringing all the main small ships in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series from 2003: Viper Mk.II, Viper Mk.VII, Cylon Raiders, Raptors and Heavy Raiders. The game received multiple awards, including UK Game Expo awards as best miniature rules and best miniature line, in 2019.