|Support Ships and System Upgrades
Announcing Four Upcoming X-WING (TM) Expansion Packs
|X-Wing | Published 04 May 2013|
“Inform the commander that Lord Vader’s shuttle has arrived.”
–Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the next four single starship expansions for X-Wing™!
The HWK-290™ Expansion Pack, Lambda-class Shuttle™ Expansion Pack, B-Wing™ Expansion Pack, and TIE Bomber™ Expansion Pack are scheduled to arrive in the third quarter of 2013. Each of these expansions comes with a detailed miniature starship, accurately rendered at the same 1/270 scale as the game’s other ships (as always, we worked closely with Lucasfilm Ltd. to ensure the correct sizes of each ship), and includes multiple ship cards, upgrades, a maneuver dial, and all necessary tokens.
Supporting Your Fleet
As a group, these starships allow X-Wing players to pursue a wide range of new, tightly focused, squad-based strategies built around their support functions and system upgrades.
Both the HWK-290 and Lambda-class Shuttle Expansion Packs introduce an array of support options that clever squad leaders will be able to use to great effect. Designed from the ground up as support ships, the HWK-290 and Lambda-class Shuttle are versatile utility vessels that make your other starships better.
The HWK-290™ Expansion Pack
The HWK-290 comes with four ship cards for a Rebel Operative and three unique pilots, including the renowned Kyle Katarn, who can assign his focus tokens to friendly ships within Range 1–3. Additionally, each HWK-290 can be outfitted with a turret weapon and a crew member, and the expansion provides you with six upgrade options, including the unique Moldy Crow title card, representing Kyle Katarn’s signature starship.
Meanwhile, Imperial fleets gain the support of the new Lambda-class Shuttle. This starship expansion includes four ship cards, featuring three unique pilots who can each provide powerful benefits to their squad mates.
The Lambda-class Shuttle™ Expansion Pack
As an example, Captain Kagi can divert enemy target locks from your other ships and force your opponent to fire against his shuttle and its five shields. The Lambda-class Shuttle is highly customizable, too, as each one can carry up to two crew members, one cannon, and a system upgrade. Pair Captain Kagi with a Rebel Captive, and you may discourage your opponent from trying to establish target locks and fire missiles. The expansion comes with a total of twelve upgrade cards.
Also new to this wave of expansions is a new type of upgrade, the system upgrade (). System upgrades appear with both the Lambda-class Shuttle and B-Wing Expansion Packs, and they give players more control over the game by reducing the potential risks inherent in random dice rolls and an opponent’s unpredictability. For example, when your ship is defending against an attack, the Sensor Jammer allows you to convert one of your opponent’s results to a result that cannot be rerolled. Be sure to see our coverage of system upgrades in upcoming previews.
Need a ship to boost with the support abilities offered by the HWK-290 and Lambda-class Shuttle? Perhaps you might consider the devastating offensive potential of the B-wing or TIE bomber.
The B-Wing™ Expansion Pack
The B-Wing Expansion Pack allows you to equip any of its four ship cards with an impressive array of upgrades. Each B-wing can be outfitted with a system upgrade, a cannon, and up to two torpedoes, including the hard-hitting Advanced Proton Torpedoes. These short-range torpedoes can only fire at enemies within Range 1, but with its five shields and ability to barrel roll, the B-wing is built to get up close and personal in even the thickest of combats.
The final ship among these four upcoming expansions, the TIE bomber is capable of delivering an astonishing payload. While not as agile or fast as other TIE variants, TIE bombers can carry enough firepower to destroy virtually any enemy target.
The TIE Bomber™ Expansion Pack
Each TIE bomber is capable of carrying two torpedoes, two missiles, and one bomb. Accordingly, the expansion’s five upgrade cards present you with a wide array of armaments, including the punishing Proton Bombs, which deal one faceup damage card to each ship within Range 1 when they detonate, even bypassing any shields the ship might have. We'll present more on these exciting new options in a future preview, so be sure to check back often!
Decide the Fate of the Galaxy
With their new support abilities, system upgrades, and massive payloads, these new starships look to heat up the ongoing battles between Rebel and Imperial fleets. You can look for them to arrive in the third quarter of 2013. Until then, keep your eyes peeled for more previews, announcements, and other X-Wing news!
X-Wing is a tactical ship-to-ship combat game in which players take control of powerful rebel X-wings and nimble Imperial TIE Fighters, facing them against each other in fast-paced space combat. Featuring stunningly detailed and painted miniatures, X-Wing recreates Star Wars’ exciting space battles. Select your crew, plan your maneuvers, and complete your mission!