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SPIEL '19 II: Dark Outlook for King of Tokyo in 2020

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: King of Tokyo
Board Game: King of Tokyo
Richard Garfield's King of Tokyo has had a few different looks since its debut from French publisher IELLO in 2011, and for 2020 it will be reborn again as King of Tokyo: Dark Edition.

Here's a quick take from the publisher on what's new:

King of Tokyo: Dark Edition is a collector's edition of King of Tokyo, with the fight taking place in an alternative and darker world in which the struggle for control of Tokyo has never been so fierce...and wicked!

This edition includes deluxe components (such as an embossed box and lightning-bolt-shaped energy) and all-new art by Paul Mafayon. The game is based on the classic KoT rules, with the addition of a new mechanism exclusive to this edition to offer a fresh gaming experience.
Board Game: King of Tokyo: Dark Edition
The cover

I received an overview of this edition at SPIEL '19, and here's what I can tell you: The title and other relevant information about the game will be printed on the shrinkwrap or other covering material so that when you remove that, you see only the image shown above. The only monsters shown so far are Gigazaur and The King, with the others scheduled to be revealed over the coming months ahead of the game's release.

Board Game: King of Tokyo: Dark Edition

The new mechanism mentioned in the description involves your ability to move up a new sidetrack on the central game board to grab unique bonus powers, while your overall goal remains the same as in the original game: score 20 points, or be the last monster standing.

Board Game: King of Tokyo: Dark Edition

As for this being a collector's edition, IELLO's Stephen Vargo told me that King of Tokyo: Dark Edition will have only a single print run, with IELLO still working to determine what the size of that print run will be. The challenge is to thread the needle perfectly so that you have neither thousands of people disappointed that they can't acquire the game nor thousands of copies unsold on your next warehouse inventory, but of course that's the challenge for every publisher with every game they publish, so I wish them good luck with that impossible task they've set for themselves.

Board Game: King of Tokyo: Dark Edition
Lightning energy

The anticipated release date for King of Tokyo: Dark Edition is Q2 2020, and I need to clarify with IELLO whether this title will be released in multiple languages or only English and French.

Board Game: King of Tokyo: Dark Edition
The King awaits you on the battlefield...
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