Attempt to restart Hasbro Heroscape, the beloved miniatures wargame first released in 2004, ended in failure on Wednesday night. The crowdfunding campaign hosted on the company’s HasLab platform was unable to generate enough pre-orders to bring the project to life. In a statement provided to Polygon, the Rhode Island-based gaming giant said the project will be put on hold indefinitely.
“From the deadline of HeroScape: Age of Annihilation, Vanguard Edition HasLab project, we have not achieved the necessary goal to start production of this wonderful game,” Hasbro said. “As we said during the campaign, if this project does not achieve its goal, we will not be able to produce age of annihilation. That hasn’t changed. HeroScape as a project will be shelved, and there are no current plans to attempt a resurrection at this time. The Avalon Hill team will be refocusing their efforts on the exciting games we currently have coming up, such as the upcoming HeroQuest game system expansion, Mirror Mageor the next Gaping portal D&D strategy board game.
HasLab launched in 2018 with a campaign for Jabba’s Sail Barge, a playset compatible with Kenner’s classic action figures as well as Hasbro’s own toys. The platform was also key in bringing the classic board game Hero Quest back to life, plus several Transformers and Marvel themed toys. This isn’t the first time a HasLab campaign has failed, but it’s the first time a board game has failed on HasLab.
Today’s news adds to a tough week for Hasbro. The publicly traded company received a rare double downgrade of its stock by Bank of America on Monday. The financial institution’s researchers claim that it is pushing the Magic: The Gathering mark too hard, overprinting the cards and “killing his golden hen”.