Last week, Renegade Game Studios sent out a press release about its licensing agreement with Hasbro, stating the following:
“Renegade Game Studios is excited to announce that they are in negotiations to expand their licensing relationship with Hasbro, a global branded entertainment company, to include best-selling games Axis & Allies, Diplomacy, Squad Leader, and Robo Rally. “
First, I assume that they wouldn’t be releasing this information if there was a chance that the negotiations would fall through, so I’m going with “this is happening.”
Secondly, I was really excited to see the name Squad Leader in the announcement!
What does this mean for Advanced Squad Leader from Multi-Man Publishing and will this be a straight reprint of the original game (prior to Advanced Squad Leader being created)?
I have no idea.
Renegade hasn’t responded to my request for more information on that.
What’s even more confusing is the graphics that came with the press release:
Where is Squad Leader?
I don’t know.
There’s a link to sign up for more information on Axis & Allies, and Diplomacy/Robo Rally on this page, but again, no Squad Leader.
In fact, that paragraph is the only mention of Squad Leader that I could find. The rest of the press release and the hype seems to be for the other three titles.
I’m assuming more information will be coming at some point, and of course any reprints that are part of this agreement won’t be coming until sometime in 2023 anyway, but I’m dying of curiosity!
Squad Leader was one of my favourite games when I was in college. I graduated to ASL but never actually played it before moving out west and having to sell what I had already bought.
Now it’s too expensive (tons of money for just the rulebook not to mention the modules to play the game, unless you do the Starter Kits), but a reprint of the original Squad Leader (even if it has upgraded graphics and stuff) might be in my wheelhouse.
I am intrigued, but I’m also wary.
More information on this will surely be coming, and if Renegade responds to my request with any concrete information, I will definitely update this post.
But for now, all we are left with is a kind of wariness.
Since they don’t talk about Squad Leader except in that paragraph, I can’t imagine that it will be high on their priority list.
But a man can dream.
What do you think about this development?
Let me know in the comments.
I actually never played Squad Leader so maybe that will be great way for me to jump into it?
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Depending on what they do and how they do it, maybe!
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I would pay hundreds to be able to play original Squad Leader scenarios on a 2023 computer….in canadian $ 😜
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