Infinity 3rd Edition
Corvus Belli has just announced that they will be releasing a 3rd Edition of their popular skirmish sci-fi wargame Infinity. You can watch this announcement straight from the horse’s mouth in this video created by Beasts of War below.
My first reaction to news of 3rd Edition was a small measure of sadness. I’m not bothered that Corvus Belli has decided to re-release their game, just that I never even finished painting my Infinity army before they did so. Yes, another unfinished project. Maybe when I finish painting my Deadzone stuff.
Other than my shame I didn’t pay much attention to the new edition until the above video landed in my Youtube stream. I’ve watched the first bit to learn how the new edition will affect me.
The first thing I took out of this video is that the 3rd Edition rulebook replaces only the 2nd Edition rulebook and not Human Sphere or Campaign Paradiso. There is a big FAQ covering the 2nd Edition book but not the other two books. They were written by a more mature company and although they have lots of complex rules are more direct and easy to understand. I was a little skeptical when I first heard this but as 2nd Edition was released three after Human Sphere I’m going to say that Corvus Belli is fully capable of doing this.
I really like this idea. 2nd Edition was an imperfect translation that has needed a new version almost from the day it was released. Now that Corvus Belli has so many years of experience with the game the 3rd Edition rules should practically sing.
Another important point made in the video is that the background presented in 3rd Edition will be the same background as appears in 2nd Edition. Since Human Sphere and Paradiso are extensions of the storyline and are intended to still work with 3rd Edition new players will not lose a chunk of the timeline by starting in the 3rd Edition “universe.” For example, the Tohaa, introduced in Paradiso, will not appear in the 3rd Edition book.
This doesn’t mean that the Tohaa won’t be getting any shiny new toys. The Tohaa versions of anything new introduced in 3rd Edition will be available free online, as will the main rules. If the rules for 2nd Edition hadn’t been available free online I don’t think I would have invested in Infinity.
The most of the video is a preview of new and redesigned troop types coming in 3rd Edition. I’m not interested in previews so I didn’t watch it although I can see how it would be of interest to many people.
So, to recap:
- 3rd Edition replaces 2nd Edition but Human Sphere and Campaign Paradiso are still valid.
- The storyline won’t be advanced by 3rd Edition. There won’t be new troop types for the Tohaa in the book but there will be new troop types available online for free.
- Like all previous books the rules from 3rd Edition will be available online for free.
I think Corvus Belli demonstrated how to best refresh a game without starting from scratch. The most famous example, Games Workshop, is notorious for releasing new editions which invalidated all their previous material. Infinity fans should rest assured that this won’t happen to them and should be universal excited for the new edition. I know I am.
Any readers play Infinity? Leave a comment below to let me know what you think about the new edition.