Alderac Entertainment Group announced the sale of its Legend of the Five Rings intellectual property to RPG and LCG powerhouse Fantasy Flight Games. This is a big move for FFG. Most of their products are based on licensed IPs. Now, FFG will own the whole L5R IP.
These news open the future to some exciting possibilities. We know L5R will be published in the future as a LCG. After all, some product leaks show L5R pictures with the FFG logo. It is also expected that FFG will continue publishing the L5R RPG in one form or another. What excites me is the possibility of board and miniatures games, like Star Wars: Imperial Assault, for example, but based in the L5R universe and lore. Let’s hope we don’t have to hold our breath too long for these.
Below is the email we received Friday from AEG:
For twenty years, Legend of the Five Rings has held a unique place among Collectible Card Games (CCGs). It is not only one of the oldest around, it stands out by being driven by its story…a story that has, in turn, been driven by legions of devoted fans. We at AEG are thankful beyond words to all of the awesome people who have made these past two decades so special for the CCG and that most definitely includes you, our valued retail partners.
The time comes, however, when any healthy enterprise has to take a step back and look hard and critically at itself. We’ve now reached that time in the life of the L5R Brand. The focus of AEG has progressively shifted toward other types of games over recent years, so, after some hard and detailed analysis (and, yes, some deep soul-searching), we’ve concluded that it’s time to start a new chapter in the story of L5R. Accordingly, the upcoming Evil Portents expansion for the CCG, and the “Atlas of Rokugan” for the RPG, will be the final products for L5R produced by AEG. The L5R Brand will continue under a new owner, Fantasy Flight Games (FFG). We believe that the good folks at FFG, some of whom have themselves been involved with the L5R Brand for many years, will do an excellent job of carrying the L5R Brand and the story of Rokugan on into its next twenty years. Fantasy Flight Games anticipates that its first L5R product will be a relaunch of the card game as a Living Card Game (LCG), with a debut event at Gen Con 2017.
Of course, your most immediate concern is likely to
be, what about L5R card game stock I currently have in my inventory? How am I going to realize any value from it? Well, we’ve anticipated this, and will be offering to you the last AEG expansion of the CCG, Evil Portents, essentially for free. We hope this will help you to leverage sales of your remaining L5R product. More details about this will be provided to you in the coming days.
Once again, thank you for being a valued retail partner for Legend of the Five Rings. We look forward to continuing to work with you in promoting and selling the full line of AEG game products in the coming days, weeks and months!
For more information, contact Dave Laderoute, Legend of the Five Rings Brand Lead, at L5RBrandLead@alderac.com.
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