Fantasy Flight Games has announced that they will be publishing Android: Netrunner, a sort of reboot of the old Netrunner collectible card game designed by Richard Garfield and published by Wizards of the Coast back in 1996 through 1999. The original game has maintained a cult following despite being out of print for over a decade at this point. The game is known for its well-balanced, asymmetric gameplay, with many players swearing that nothing was necessary for play beyond the two starter decks.
The new art in the FFG edition looks very nice and I’ve always wanted to get a chance to play Netrunner, which I remember seeing back at the comic book shop in the late 90′s. It is not immediately clear how closely the new FFG release will follow the old version, although I would expect details quickly given that it is due for release in Q3 of this year (by the end of September, in normal human terms). My guess is “not exactly” since the game’s page states that it “resurrects the gameplay mechanics of the original Netrunner … and updates them to increase clarity and promote a more dynamic play environment.” I imagine that some people will be up in arms, but for those of us that missed out on Netrunner the first time, this reboot in living card game format (which I happen to be quite fond of since it involves frequent expansion of the base game, but you know exactly what you are getting when you buy a new pack of cards since the contents are set) is really the only chance we have to get into the game with a reasonable number of cards for a decent price. The base set will include 252 cards and will retail for $39.95.