Mass Effect version of Risk shown off by BioWare

Latest video-game-themed adaptation of Hasbro's board game coming later this year.

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BioWare has announced its own Mass Effect-themed take on Hasbro's strategy board game Risk, scheduled to be released later this year.

The developer took to Facebook to show off the game's box. "Oh yes, it's real, and it's coming this Fall!" said BioWare.

The art used is the same as the cover for last year's Mass Effect 3, suggesting the board game adaptation will revolve around Shepard's last adventure. And the Galaxy at War tagline is clearly visible on the box, too--Mass Effect 3's galaxy-wide resource management and conquest system would likely make a solid base for Risk's territorial objectives.

Hasbro is no stranger to video game adaptations of Risk and has previously themed its iconic game around Metal Gear Solid, Starcraft, and Halo.

BioWare is still teasing additional DLC for Mass Effect 3, with eagle-eyed data miners recently uncovering files that suggest the company will bring single-player data into the next wave of co-op levels.

For more information on Mass Effect, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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JulyAeon
JulyAeon

one way of clawing back money lost from disappearing, sorry disappointed fan base that departed.  i am sure the currant fan base will grab it up as long it has multi player printed on..

-HaloHitman-
-HaloHitman-

That should have been the name for the third game: Mass Risk: 3

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

...and you can spend real money on microtransactions for more units mid-game!  (comes with envelopes for cash/checks)

finaleve
finaleve

First Firefly: The Game, now this?!

pimpofdoom
pimpofdoom

Cool now can we get a Mass Effect RTS? From the time I played the first Mass Effect I always thought wow this universe would make for a great RTS game.

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

AHHH! *cough* Do want.

AlexFili
AlexFili

Next we need LA Noire Clue and Skyrim Monopoly. Do not pass 'Whiterun', do not collect 200 septims. You have been hit by a "Fus Ro Dah", skip a turn.

Nova_Prime_85
Nova_Prime_85

no thanx, i prefer my Necron army & Warhammer 40k tabletop to get my cash

TheBlackSpeed
TheBlackSpeed

I..fully..await this. And will buy it considering I have the small cash. I love Risk and have a good history with it. Plus, Mass Effect is one of my favorite series of all time. I can't wait to hear more actually. :p

Legolas_Katarn
Legolas_Katarn

Risk isn't a very interesting game, could make a much better board game with the Mass Effect license if given to a better company.

meedokicky
meedokicky

at least it won't have long loading times ;D

myungish
myungish

I wouldn't be surprised if they lopped off some parts of the galaxy and you have to pay extra to get them to ship it to you. And after you conquer all, you can expect the whole board to self destruct for a 'bittersweet' ending with all the artistic integrity in the world.

Ledah
Ledah

That's a curious way of putting up a Risk.

Darkreaper_1
Darkreaper_1

Have EA got a line of post game DLC lined up for this?

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

The best lines are "Hasbro is no stranger to video game adaptations of Risk, and has previously themed its iconic game around Metal Gear Solid, StarCraft and Halo."

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

How many endings can you whip out and are they colorfull? And please don't tell me we can win against the reapers in a board game without making awful decisions!

catsimboy
catsimboy

It comes with a credit card reader so you can buy better dice rolls from EA.

berserker66666
berserker66666

Will we get to see...or play the "Good" ending? Will there be Paragon and Renegade options? Will you get to choose romance between Ashley and Miranda? No? Then screw this.

gameremag-ana
gameremag-ana

Milk it baby for the power and money, and never let go of it until you reach judgment day, and  demand the angels of punishment mercy, yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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The suffering of this franchise will never stop

The suffering of the fans will never end

The time of doom has come upon us alllllllllllllll

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Milk it baby until it's dry and weak, and never let go of it until you reach judgment day, and demand the angels of Hell mercy, yaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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The suffering of this franchise will never stop

The suffering of the fans will never end

The time of doom has come upon us alllllllllllllll

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All will feel the the pain and suffering of the gamers, and will never have mercy for the end is near for this world, oooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh 

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Death flies over me, chasing me, feeling his cold dead bone fingers holding my sick heart

Death flies over me, wanting my troubled soul, taking it with his scytheeeeeeeeee

There is no end in site

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All of Shepards fans need closure, but (EA) Evil Agent has corrupted Bioware to the core

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Blueeeeeeeeeeeeee, Let me take Control of your soul and state of mind, aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh

Greennnnnnnnn, Let me Fuse your soul and body with the metal of hell, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Redddddddddd, Let us all destroy ever thing and doooooooooommmmmmm the galaxy to fire, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh

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For there is no end in site

And the suffering will continue

But I will keep Head Banging and Metaling until the suffering ends

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Surrender  to the truth of this world, and suffer with me 

For there is no end in site

There is no end in site

There is no end in site

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But Holy mother of Metal I am coming to yoooooooooooooooooouuuuuuu

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Saidrex
Saidrex

I feel that this board game will meet "terrible ending" ;)

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Cash Effect moves onto the next level in 'gaming' - shitty boardgame ports. (not that board games are bad, but Risk is a shitty board game)

datbush
datbush

And I thought activision was the king of milking...

PotHeel
PotHeel

Next from Hasbro, new Monopoly: Liberty City! Steal crack from bitches and hang with your homies in the latest, greatest edition of your favourite game!

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

Does it comes with an actual game ending? or do we have to get it separately?

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

I own ever version of Risk I can get my hands on. It is literally the only game with an excuse to get together and seriously test your freindships, it reminds me of the good old LAN party days.  If anyone is really into RIsk or interested in it get Risk Legacy, its insane. 

kerrman
kerrman

So many people are ragging on Risk.. terrible people.

Patohua1
Patohua1

@FlameBoyBen yeah not really. Now if they were making a ME3 Farmville spinoff, then we could call them sellouts

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

@FlameBoyBen Seems like no one is allowed to just want to do something different without being called sellouts.

TheBlackSpeed
TheBlackSpeed

@Legolas_Katarn You're...very wrong (I guess it IS an opinion :P) about that lol. Risk is one of the most popular strategic board games of all time. I'd love to see that theme set in space. With the right people, and attitude, I've never had a bad time with Risk. :)

Patohua1
Patohua1

@gameremag-ana what...the...f**k was that? Did you really just write a hate song for Bioware? Everybody, this one has issues...

SeAzhrei
SeAzhrei

@PotHeel You mock, but you also know that would sell like hot cakes! (for the 3 days before it got recalled)

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

What!? This is a Board Game, not the Video Game.

FlameBoyBen
FlameBoyBen

@Hey_Jay @FlameBoyBen "something different" could you be any more vague

Legolas_Katarn
Legolas_Katarn

@TheBlackSpeedRisk gameplay rarely changes much based on what theme it adds form what I've seen (with the exception of Risk Legacy that has permanent map changes effects based on how games went). I would much rather see a bigger more interesting game made with the Mass Effect universe. With all the races, technology, and ships they could do something like Twilight Imperium or Star Trek Fleet Captain or, they could make a game with combat and unit placement that is something like risk but they can make it a lot more thematic and interesting like War of the Ring, with all the varied abilities people can have and the war going on they can make an interesting mission based miniatures game like Earth Reborn. I wouldn't want the game to end up almost exactly like one of those either but the Mass Effect universe can get a much more interesting game out of it then just another version of risk.

Legolas_Katarn
Legolas_Katarn

@Patohua1 @Legolas_Katarn @TheBlackSpeed ? I listed some of the most popular and best reviewed board games out. They have sold very well, had expansions, and in War of the Ring and Twilight Imperiums case have been reprinted over the years because of their popularity

Patohua1
Patohua1

@Legolas_Katarn @TheBlackSpeed Legolas Katarn, your idea sounds good in theory, but the problem is no one would ever buy it because they wouldn't understand it. There are so many other unique franchise games that simply hit the market stillborn because they were so complicated and no one could tell if it was worth buying without playing it first. Granted, I agree that Bioware should try to make this version of Risk more unique, but I am glad they are going with the Risk title

TheBlackSpeed
TheBlackSpeed

@Legolas_Katarn @TheBlackSpeed I get what you're saying. It just seems extremely ambitious and more innovative than what I think they're going for, at least right now. But yeah, that IDEA in itself, and those ideas, seem cool. I took love and appreciate the lore and universe enough that its OWN board game would be amazing. For now, I can just deal with this though. Who knows the variations and adaptations that can be added with the original ruleset though. There are plenty of board games that always offer different ways to play, and I would hope and imagine this is no different.