Weta Workshop, a movie-making firm studio, known for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Avatar and Mad Max: Fury Road, has announced a District 9: The Board Game Kickstarter Campaign. A movie, which they were very involved in doing.
The New Zealand based company has released one board game before, GKR: Heavy Hitters, which has spawned a couple of expansions.
Prospero Hall, the makers Villainous and Jurassic Park: Danger!, and Ravensburger have announced that Jaws is coming for to your table in June 2019. For those of you unfamiliar with Jaws: It's a huge shark that eats pretty much everything in it's way, and it derives from the classic movie with the same name. Kinda lika the "The Meg" but, you know, good.
Lookout Games are releasing a expansion for Bärenpark in 2019. It's at a prototype state at the moment, and it's called Die Grizzlies sind los!, which translates to The Grizzilies are loose!. This expansion will consist of three different modules, two "core" modules and one smaller module with new achievement tiles.
Ravensburger has announced that a Minecraft board game is going to be released sometime in 2019. Actually, we now know more than that. Check it out.
An expansion for the Disney themed game Villainous is to be released i March the 3rd, and will be only be avaible in Target stores (in US) until the end of the month. After that, our guess is that you can pretty much pick it up anyware. What goes for the rest of the world is a bit uncertain at this point but there has been hints from Ravensburger that the game will be released in germany in March aswell.
Splotter games are as developing an Food Chain Magnate expansion as we speak, called The Ketchup Mechanism & Other Ideas. The expansion will be avaible some time during 2019 and is avaible on pre-order from Splotters website. Splotter claim "the expansion is in good shape", but it is till being tested and balanced out.
Caverna: The Forgotten Folk is being released in the US as we speak. It's an expansion for Uwe Rosenbergs behemoth Caverna, and one interesting thing is that it originated as a fan project on BoardGameGeek, and Caverna publisher Lookout Games decided to work with the designer to develop this material and release it as an official expansion.
The BIG ONE has hit San Francisco and has destroyed the area. It is time to rebuild, but beware of the AFTERSHOCK! The game is desgined by no other than Alan R. Moon (Ticket to Ride) and Bobby West, an up-and-comer in the business. The Kickstarter campaign launches the 29th of January.
The Portuguese designer Vital Lacerda, known for titles such as Vinhos, Lisboa, and CO₂, is working on a game named On Mars.
Like the name suggests, the game is set on Mars, and the players take the roles as chief austronats working for private space exploration companies. They are to develop the biggest, most advanced colony on mars scoring points for different mission goals and hidden corporate agendas.
Mining, building, exploring, upgrading buildings, recruiting and managing settlers are their tasks, aswell as getting power to the colonies.
In the end, the colony should be self-sufficient.
Rio Grande games has announced that Underwater Cities is hitting the stores in US this spring. This version has upgraded components such as thicker boards. The game, which was released in 2018, has been designed by the Czech designer Vladimír Suchýwhich (Pulsar 2849 and Last Will), has reached a high ranking on BGG, and looks very solid.