Star Wars: Imperial Assault Companion App Announced

Imperial Assault is getting a companion app from Fantasy Flight Games and it looks fantastic!

If you’re a fan of the hit game from Fantasy Flight Games, Star Wars: Imperial Assault, then you’re about to get an entirely new way to play with a new digital app! Call your fellow rebels up because this one is for a purely cooperative experience.

via Fantasy Flight Games

Legends of the Alliance is a free companion app for Imperial Assault that promises to revolutionize the way that you play the game. Until now, your campaign games of Imperial Assault have been divided between two sides. Up to four players became heroes of the Alliance, fighting for freedom across the galaxy. The final player took on the role of the Empire—commanding Imperial forces, triggering powerful events, and serving as the heroes’ opponent over the course of the campaign.

With the Legends of the Alliance app, you immediately have the chance to challenge and reform these existing roles. The Legends of the Alliance app assumes the role of the Imperial player—handling every aspect of the game once controlled by that player, whether commanding the Imperial forces in battle, springing traps on the Rebel heroes, and inviting you to explore secret bases and strange planets in entirely new ways.

That’s right – FFG is moving all the responsibility of the Imperial Player over to the App and allowing players to take on the AI as a team. This is a great way to play co-op and now it’s no longer a 1v4 game! At the same time, if you prefer the traditional style campaign or skirmish, you can still do that.

I know a lot of folks that are skeptical about these new Hybrid games that combine the analog and digital games – but let me try and reassure you, FFG is doing it right. They make sure that both the analog (the board game) and the digital game (the app) co-exisit in a happy medium so that you want to use both. In fact, they make sure that you actually NEED both to ensure the correct playing experience.

To use the App, you actually don’t need anything other than the Core Set. However, the app also features the option to track your collection – and the more physical expansions you have, the more the app will draw from that pool increasing your content. Now, you could just say you have access to everything and “unlock” all the options. But based on previous games with similar levels of integration from FFG, you’ll probably run into issues where you don’t have the physical products. If you lie to the app you’re only going to cheat yourself.

On top of that, the App also has a new, free campaign you can play through to start: Flight of the Freedom Fighter. It’s 5 mission campaign to get you used to using the app and how the works with your collection. Not only does the App have campaign content and control the Imperial player, but it also helps players keep track of all of the “book-keeping” in the game. It tracks your character upgrades, equipment and purchases.

Personally, I think this was a really good move my FFG. They’ve proved that they know how to create a good Hybrid gaming experience and Star Wars: Imperial Assault is another game that could really benefit from having a programed AI run the Game Master. Some groups of players might not of had a person who wanted to play as the Imperial player and this app really opens up the game for them. At the same time, if you prefer the traditional way to play, you can still do that, too. It’s very cool to see FFG embrace both ways to play and let the players decide how they want to progress.

I’m looking forward to see how this shapes up. The Mansions of Madness game with the APP assist is really fun – so is XCOM for that matter. Now I want to dive in to a new campaign of Imperial Assault with the AI to see how that plays out.

Read the full announcement from FFG HERE

What do you think of this move from FFG? Are you more or less likely to play Imperial Assault now?

  • ZeeLobby

    I love that FFG is diving head first into this stuff. As long as it’s companion and not necessary, I’m always a fan, especially if it makes things easier.

    • silashand

      Agreed. I really like the app in XCOM so if this helps as much as that one does I will probably like it a lot.

  • tau4eva

    Most exciting gaming news I’ve heard in awhile.

  • Xodis

    Been waiting for this app for a LONG time. Itll be what keeps IA relevant and active during the Legion release IMO.

  • Manuel Bateman

    pretty curious how its going to work out..
    you really had a ton of options as imperial player how is the AI going to manage that.
    and more importantly how is it going to trak what is happening on the gameboard (are you still throwing dice? do you have to track the movement of every modell in the app? etc)

    really interested and intrigued in general though!

    • Reddog

      I assume it’s going to work just like Mansions of Madness. The app knows what pieces on the board but it’s up to the players to activate them in the app at the appropriate times.

  • stinkoman

    I cant wait! My wife an I love this game but she wont play the imperial side, because… this looks promising.

  • DrunkCorgi

    This sounds excellent, I can’t wait to try it!

    That said…

    “Some groups of players might not of had a person…”

    Did you really write that? “of”? Really?

  • mafiacheese

    Can’t wait to finally get to play this without having to beg someone to do so!

    • euansmith

      This is going to be a great thing for sad solo players.

      • mafiacheese

        But what will it do for Han Solo players?

        • euansmith

          They always get to shoot first… always!

  • zeno666

    FFG leading the way. They show again why they’re the top dog and sells better than GW.