STAR WARS license speculation

Han Solo from LEGO Star Wars When Wizards of the Coast revealed that they won’t be renewing the STAR WARS license a lot of fans of their SW RPG and miniatures line were quite disappointed. Especially the latest edition of their Star Wars RPG, the Saga Edition was quite popular among fans.

Some days ago Mongoose’s Matthew Sprange revealed that his company tried to get the STAR WARS license, but was beat to it by another company. Here’s an excerpt from the post:

In other A Call to Arms news, I can now report that we did not manage to grab the licence we were chasing for the game – Star Wars. We weren’t really expecting this one to happen (we made a sideways reference to it in the State of the Mongoose), but we got much further along than we thought we would.

The interesting thing is why our negotiations ended – another company beat us to it. We are not going to reveal who this is (you have heard of them), as that is their fanfare to blow. However, I am sure many will find it intriguing that the licence covers card games, RPGs, and… miniatures. Now, the company concerned is not known for its miniatures lines, which will probably put paid to my dream of 28mm multipart/multipose Stormtroopers.

This morning I had some discussion with fellow blogger David A. Miller aka LodeStoneDavid on Twitter. Especially the following quote left us scratching our heads: “Now, the company concerned is not known for its miniatures lines”. At first glance this may disqualify quite a few companies that came to mind, but he basically just said that the company in question was not known for it miniatures. That does actually not rule out companies with existing miniature lines, as we first thought.

So, who could be the new Star Wars licensee for RPGs, card and miniature games? Obviously any company trying to get this license must have the funds necessary to pay for it. And as David pointed out, the company should also have the staff able to support such a game.

Since roleplaying games are a huge part of said license, I am pretty sure the new licensee is one of the major RPG publishers. While I still love the idea of a Star Wars game powered by Savage Worlds, I doubt that Pinnacle Entertainment is the company Matthew Sprange was talking about.

Paizo fans would probably love the idea of Pathfinder-based Star Wars game, but I seriously doubt we’ll ever see something like that.

Green Ronin is no stranger to licensed products, but I am not sure if Star Wars isn’t just a bit too much even for them to handle.

In my humble opinion our current best best is Fantasy Flight Games. They definitely have the money and the manpower needed for such a license. But there was no mention of board games and FFG is known for a few miniature games lines. So perhaps I am on the wrong track here.

What do you think about what Mr. Sprange said? Do you expect to read an official announcement by the actual Star Wars licensee anytime soon? And what company do you think will it be? Feel free to post your comments below!

10 thoughts on “STAR WARS license speculation”

  1. It's almost certainly Fantasy Flight. I suspect they're the only company other then Wizards of the Coast who can afford to stump up enough capital to LucasArts. They also have a wide market and an already popular sci-fi RPG system (40kRP).

    Given the simplicity of the 40kRP books, I'd almost certainly be rushing out to buy their take on Star Wars. Especially if it didn't use miniatures.

  2. FFG has the resources for such a big license for sure. I hope they use a different system than they are using for their Warhammer line if they do end up getting it. Star Wars needs something fast, heroic, and light to get it's feel across. D6 Star Wars was a good fit, the original D20 games were a little to heavy, and the Saga version was just about right.

    What I would like to see is a company taking the license in new directions like West End did with all the sourcebooks on things not in the movies or books. I still have a whole shelf of awesome reference material from them.

  3. FFG has the resources for such a big license for sure. I hope they use a different system than they are using for their Warhammer line if they do end up getting it. Star Wars needs something fast, heroic, and light to get it’s feel across. D6 Star Wars was a good fit, the original D20 games were a little to heavy, and the Saga version was just about right.

    What I would like to see is a company taking the license in new directions like West End did with all the sourcebooks on things not in the movies or books. I still have a whole shelf of awesome reference material from them.

  4. I like the idea, I should keep my,ear to the ground since FFG is local to my area. I would give a kidney to get in to play testing.

  5. So this is the time to finally reveal the new game you’ve been working on Michael? The new game based on Warrior, Rogue & Mage, Jedi, Smuggler & Princess? Oh no I have said too much!

    (The above mentioned bit of date is jokes, just in case, don’t want this to become the latest rumor!)

    I am not looking forward to a new Star Wars RPG game. Grognard ALERT! If I want to play Star Wars I have Saga. This may be heretical but I was NOT a fan of the D6 system. I agree with Wayne that they did take the universe into interesting and unexplored territory, but I wonder how much of this Lucasfilms would allow any company.

    It would have to be something pretty amazing to get me to buy it…

  6. what about White Wolf? They've had a few toes in the figure pool (indirectly with licensed minatures of their lines and with the card based version) and they have the staff for the job. Not sure how they (and their parent company) stand for the financing angle but I expect the publishers of Eve can afford another sci-fi franchise in their stable.

  7. Would love it to be FFG. But over on RPGGeek.com, one guy from the great lakes area said, that he heard from a "reliable source" it is not FFG. Might be true, might be BS.
    Paizo and White Wolf seem to have stated, that they don't have the license. One scary name, that keeps cropping up is Steve Jackson Games. Please NOOOOOO! Then we will get Munchkin: Star Wars!
    How about AEG and Green Ronin?
    (Link to thread at RPGGeek: http://rpggeek.com/thread/595329/new-star-wars-li

    1. I seriously doubt that Steve Jackson has the license. I am not sure about AEG either. I doubt they have the financial background, but I may be completely mistaken. Green Ronin has quite a few top licenses (Dragon Age, DC, Game of Thrones) and I am sure they would be able to create a great SW game. But if they are the new licensees I really hope they don’t use another d20 based system.

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