Corvus Belli: Aresteia Characters Revealed

An all new boardgame spinoff of Infinity is coming.  Take a look at all 8 characters & their minis!

via Wikipedia:

“An aristeia or aristia (/ærˈst.ə/; Ancient Greek: ἀριστεία, IPA: [aristěːaː], “excellence”) is a scene in the dramatic conventions of epic poetry as in the Iliad, where a hero in battle has his finest moments (aristos = “best”). An aristeia can result in the death of the hero at the aristeia’s end.”

 

As promised, here’s the 8 characters promised in the earlier teaser videos:

 

https://youtu.be/px-uXdFWHT0

 

 

It looks like Corvus Belli has a team-based hexboard boardgame set in the Human Sphere.  This looks like an all new fast paced casual way to enter the Infinity universe. The teaser video shows off a hexboard, and a montage of characters. According to Corvus Belli, this is a two player team boardgame set in the universe of Infinity.

The game board perhaps?

Corvus Belli says:

What is Aristeia!?

Aristeia! is the new board game from Corvus Belli, an Infinity spin-off in which two players become the managers of two competition teams for the greatest show in the Human Sphere. Players will face each other in the arena, and will have to plan their actions carefully to win.

Is this Game Independent from Infinity?

Yes, absolutely independent. Aristeia! is a board game, not a miniature wargame, and has been designed from scratch as a parallel product. The action happens in the Infinity universe and the game shares some characters and introduces new ones to this Science Fiction setting.

Which is the Release Date?

The expected release date is late 2017. Those who come and visit us at Gen Con, Essen or the Interplanetary will have the opportunity to try the game in our demonstration tables.

How Can I Know More?

We’ll reveal soon more information about Aristeia! in our website and social network accounts. To be up to date you can visit our official website:

www.aristeiathegame.com

Go look, even more mini pics.

A variety of characters

Aresteia Homepage

~What do you think of the minis?

  • Severius_Tolluck

    So.. was this always in the card or are they reacting to the Overwatch hype with a similar genre?

    • ZeeLobby

      So the game has always existed, but I think they’re reacting more to other games which are coming forward from tabletop gaming companies. Shadowspire, Arena of Planeswalkers, (some sci-fi anime one I can’t think of the name of), etc. I mean it’s a genre that’s always kind of been around. While they bear some thematic resemblances to Overwatch characters, they’ve been in Infinity longer than Overwatch has been out (Wild Bill, etc.)

      • Severius_Tolluck

        I know all this. What I mean is their timing to release the game and aesthetic choices sadly can paint them a target for legal action. It most likely will not result in anything, but I tend to be of a cautious sort.

        • CB would have a strong case and have the advantage of being an EU company. There are enough CB aesthetics dating back past 2014 that Activision would have a challenge making a case in the US. In the EU courts that are notoriously hostile to US tech companies, they wouldn’t stand a chance.

          • Severius_Tolluck

            True. Again, I am stating more a hypothetical due to the interesting choice of time they decided to release this. I know it is probably more driven from all the other hybrid skirmish games being launched. Basically I am stating what a million rabid fans of Blizzard can and will try to point out. I honestly don’t care about Blizzard or Overwatch and I am a long fan of Infinity and it’s lore. I was just trying to state to others that it doesn’t matter if it was part of the lore or not, it’s perception that matters (and copyrights).

          • Gives us the perfect chance to push our glasses up our nose and say “well actually…” in our best nasal voice. ;P

          • euansmith

            I guess that it is difficult to see which of their more extreme characters Corvus Belli could have used that aren’t also mirrored by Overwatch’s eclectic cast of characters.

          • euansmith

            “In the EU courts that are notoriously hostile to US tech companies…”

            Or as we prefer to put it, “Famously intolerant of Corporate Legal Teams BS activity.” 😉

          • Some of it’s fair, some of it is BS. The EU wants a thriving tech sector and feels that US behemoths will overwhelm the fledgling EU companies. EU courts would almost certainly see a case like this as bullying, which in this case I think it would be. In general, I have mixed feelings about this. It’s a lot like Airbus which was given a lot of government money of questionable legality to make sure commercial aircraft didn’t just come from the US. The world is a better place for having Airbus around, but when Boeing makes complaints, they have a point.

          • Dabicho

            Well, to been honest, when Overwatch fisrt came out, a part of the Infinity players pointed at that game to be an Infinity to PC.

            It’s obvious that them both drink from the same fountain, in some way or another, but there are more than enougth diferences betwen them, a lot more diferences.

          • euansmith

            Boeing gets a lot of Federal cash too. 😉 I don’t see how they could have much of a complaint against Airbus on that front.

          • Boeing definitely had a better argument when there were more than 2 US aerospace defense contractors.

    • euansmith

      The sport has apparently been a long time part of the background in Infinity, with some named characters have participation as part of their fluff.

      • Severius_Tolluck

        Yes, I am aware.. Like their knockoff of Deadpool a big champion. I am a long time Infinity player. However my issue is the aesthetic choice they went with for some characters and their roles mirror too closely and was poorly timed release which others can use as pretext… just saying.

  • Eisai

    The concept of Aristea! was in Infinity from the beginning.
    It is more of a ‘hunger games’ genre, as a battle-royale television show.

    The
    characters are the stars of it. Miyamoto Musashi is a recreated
    historical character, that you can field from the 1 edition of Infinity
    (he didn’t like the concept of being a star/toy)
    The other characters are still well-placed in the fluff.

    I am guessing, but: Hexxer, Gata and D-ball are from Nomad ships, where you can do a lot of illegal high-tech stuff and no-one bats an eye.

    Parvati is, probably, a part of an AI.

    And yes, this system has a feel of ‘miniatures made to look cool’. But hey, what’s wrong with that? It is a hobby, and 50% female miniatures is not a bad thing, right 😉

    • Severius_Tolluck

      I know everything you just said, I can tell what factions most belong to. However its the new character designs are and classes now resemble many that overwatch has, too comfortably close. Problem is with a juggernaut like Activision/Blizzard you have to tread carefully, even if you had the idea first, if you hadn’t patented it.

      • Dabicho

        Well, the Overwatch characters look similar to other characters, you are going to tell me that you never saw a ciber ninja? or a Samurai with a bow and a Dragon tatoo? a monkey who talks…

        If you want to see, you’ll see, but you know, Overwatch wasn’t the first to show us those things after all.

        • Severius_Tolluck

          Doesn’t matter. Sure there are a few troupes, but too many are present in some place. In a similar genre performing same roles. When a legal giant can (although most likely will not) assert its will.

  • euansmith

    I’m hoping for some non-metal minis is Corvus Belli are hoping to snag the gameboard crowd.

    I hadn’t realised, until I saw the discussion on Beast of War, that the Nomads feature cyber/gene-enhanced Furies 😀

    • Scientists who don’t want to be bound by rules (or morals) are drawn to the Nomad Praxis labs. The Taskmaster heavy infantry units exist primarily to “deal with” any Dr. Moreau projects that become a threat to their creators (and the rest of the ship).

      • euansmith

        Cool. I’ve only dabbled in Infinity.

        • The Infinity fluff is solid. If the RPG ever gets around to a full release you should check it out.

  • TriggerItch

    I wish CB dropped this whole cookie-cutter pseudo-japanese aesthetic and went for a more distinct visual style instead.