According to ICv2, WizKids will release Star Trek Expeditions, a new co-operative HeroClix game designed by Reiner Knizia, on June 15th. The game, based on the J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie released in 2009, is for one to four players and takes roughly 60 minutes to play.
Robot Viking reports that Expeditions is a cooperative game, following a classic Trek episode plot: The planet Nibia has requested entrance into the Federation, so the Enterprise is sent there to guide the process. When they arrive, they find that a Klingon warship is parked in orbit, threatening to obliterate the planet. Meanwhile, civil war is breaking out on the planet itself, and their leaders are trying to withdraw their application to join the Federation. It’s up to the crew to sort things out.
Expeditions includes random side missions, a unique branching mission tree, and three difficulty levels, which provides a high replayability factor. Gameplay is reminiscent of “choose your own adventure” books – there are decks of cards, and choices the players make (or whether they succeed or fail at an action) will lead them to different cards and different choices.
Star Trek Expeditions will include six HeroClix minis (Kirk, Spock, Uhuru, Dr. McCoy, the Enterprise, and a Klingon Battle Cruiser), a game board, cards, tokens, and dice. For players of Star Trek role-playing games, these prepainted miniatures might prove useful.
This is a resurrection of sorts for WizKids, which in 2008 was shutdown by Topps. WizKids has since been purchased by the National Entertainment Collectibles Association and will continue support of HeroClix as well as the Star Trek license.