Crytek-Approved Crysis Board Game Seeking Funding Via Kickstarter

From Halo and Mass Effect-inspired permutations of Risk to original titles such as Fantasy Flight’s XCOM: The Board Game and The Witcher Adventure Game, tabletop treatments of famous video game properties have been around for a long time.  Franchises like these feature rich worlds with plenty of memorable characters, locations, and systems which could easily lend themselves to a board game adaptation.

In light of this, Crysis may seem at first like an odd choice to base a board game on.  After all, even the series’ heartiest supporters would be hard-pressed to argue that its setting amounts to much more than Half-Life-lite.  This is why German developer Frame6 is looking to an unlikely place for inspiration for its Kickstarter-funded project.

Crysis Analogue Edition is a Crytek-approved tabletop strategy game based on the style of multiplayer introduced in Crysis 2 and expanded in Crysis 3.

Using the Nanosuit as its cornerstone, the game allows players to take advantage of obstacles, team bonuses, “maneuver” and “tactics” cards, and customizable loadouts to achieve their objectives in either Team Instant Action or Capture the Relay modes.  According to Frame6 dev Julian Reinartz, the team aims to create a “challenging and competitive tactical board game for two to eight players that feels like a first-person shooter.”

He elaborates:

“The game provides quick action, a wide array of weapons from the original games, lots of technical choices you can make, and of course the series’ signature Nanosuit, providing you with unique gameplay options.  We believe this game will appeal to Crysis fans and board game geeks alike.”

Time will tell if he is right.  As of this writing Frame6 has raised $25,390 of its $94,851 goal.  The developer is offering numerous rewards for backers, including the game itself and special thanks in the form of sponsorships enumerated on the back of the in-game weapon cards.  You can check out the game’s Kickstarter page here.

Thanks to GameSpot for the heads up.