Board Game 'Risk' Revamp Coming to XBLA

Strategy board game Risk is to receive an Xbox Live Arcade revamp courtesy of Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers developer Stainless Games, EA has announced.

Risk: Factions updates the global domination game with online play as well as, EA Play says, "outlandish factions, a unique art style, new gameplay twists and off-beat humor."

Objective-based and world conquest modes will feature, with dynamic terrain, five different factions and unlockable avatar rewards. "Head-to-head... unique, animated combat missions" will also bring exciting-sounding "Overkill" moments based on dice rolls.

"For the past half-century, millions of RISKfans have been consumed with ruling the world... we're now going to bring that masterpiece experience to life and add other amazing layers of XBLA-style gameplay that will take conquests to a new level," said Chip Lange, general manager of EA's Hasbro Division in a press statement.

Risk: Factions is slated for release on Xbox Live Arcade "in early 2010."

From The Chatty
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    January 12, 2010 6:27 AM

    Needs a classic mode. :(

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      January 12, 2010 6:34 AM

      Speculation, but:

      There was a great set of articles on WotC's website on how Stainless Games built the MtG game for XBLA, including how it used good programming design and parts of its AI. They claimed in that article that while their target was the version of MTG we have today, they built enough flexibility in it to add many more cards or even a different game engine; the AI itself is mostly deterministic cycling through millions of possibilities to find the best result.

      What this has to do with Risk? I can easily see Stainless taking the same approach (reusing their AI threading code and other aspects) to have both the Factions version of Risk described and a classic mode without all the frills in the same package. They are not slackers on the coding and also seem very dedicated to replicating the physical play.

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      January 12, 2010 7:08 AM

      Yeah, I agree. This, "outlandish factions, a unique art style, new gameplay twists and off-beat humor," sounds ridiculous. Just give us good old-fashioned multiplayer Risk and I'll be happy.

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        January 12, 2010 9:42 AM

        Sounds like a pile of shite for kids. It is about time someone made a new PC version aiming to be serious and with all emphasis on multiplayer.

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      January 12, 2010 7:34 AM

      yeah, they had me up until "outlandish factions, a unique art style, new gameplay twists and off-beat humor."

      I'll still give it a shot at least.

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