February 25, 2015 by dracs
Cipher Studios have today issued a rather sad press statement declaring that their long running miniatures skirmish game Anima Tactics is to be discontinued.
Anima Tactics is a strategic skirmish game set in the Anima universe first explored in the Anima: Beyond Fantasy RPG. The game drew heavily upon the style of Japanese anime and RPG video games to create a striking series of miniature sculpts and interesting gameplay.
Here is what was said in the official statement:
Cipher Studios announces that the Anima Tactics™ Miniature Skirmish Game is being discontinued. Anima Tactics™ has had a long run, launching in 2006 with over 150 unique characters released. The game has become unsustainable from a business standpoint due to market and global distribution changes, so the hard decision to discontinue the line had to be made.
We at Cipher Studios thank our fans for the many years of support in building a wonderful community of players and hobbyists around a game we have loved creating.
Anima Tactics™ and Hell Dorado™ will no longer be sold through distribution. The ranges for both product lines will remain available online through the Ninja Division | Soda Pop Miniatures web store.
The last new figures for Anima Tactics™ will be released through the web store, including a special edition Celia model.
The Hell Dorado™ range will continue. Hell Dorado™ new releases will resume, with the next release wave beginning during Q2 2015.
While I am relieved to hear that Hell Dorado will be continuing, it having in my opinion one of the best set ups of any modern tabletop game, I can’t help but feel sad that Anima Tactics will be no more. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a couple of the game’s miniatures and the sculpts were superb.
Of course, players still have the opportunity to explore the Anima universe through the Beyond Fantasy RPG and in the video games Ark of Sinners and the upcoming Gate of Memories, so we still have the chance to experience the great setting. Still, Anima Tactics ticked all the right boxes for us anime fans and I hope it keeps a following even if it is no longer supported.
Did you play Anima Tactics? What did you think of the game?
"Anima Tactics ticked all the right boxes for us anime fans."