Cooperative board game Pandemic Legacy set to release October 8

Coinciding with Essen Spiel 2015

Pandemic has served as a primer to cooperative board games for many who have recently taken up the hobby. Last year Z-Man Games announced that Pandemic designer Matt Leacock and Risk Legacy designer Rob Daviau would be teaming up to create Pandemic Legacy. Now we know exactly when to expect it: October 8, 2015.

Legacy mechanics shake up a lot of what people know about tabletop games. Unlike traditional board games, games with legacy elements change from play session to play session. Decisions are made in one session that can affect all future games played on that board. Components are destroyed and discarded. New rules show up over time. It worked wonderfully with the competitive nature of Risk, so it will be exciting to see how it applies to a cooperative game like Pandemic.

One new piece of information that the promotional image holds is “Season 1,” which implies that this is only the first of several versions of Pandemic Legacy. Zombicide is another board game that features seasons, where new characters and scenarios are introduced over time. It is possible that Pandemic Legacy will not be “over” after the end of one in-game year, but will continue on afterward.

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Darren Nakamura
Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011. While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.