With so much going on in Judgement land, we thought it was time to lay down a marker and publish the roadmap between now and Adepticon 2020. The incredible growth in the game has provided some stability financially and affords us the luxury of planning things out a little better than we have previously. So, without further ado, here are our plans for the next 8 months!
Patch #8 - The Championship Patch
Patch #8 is the final one before the inaugural Judgement North American Championship. Therefore, we are keeping things light with just enough changes to steer the course towards a successful JNAC.
5v5 Cobblestone Neoprene Reforged
We are re-releasing the 5v5 Cobblestone neoprene with fixed terrain. The original 5v5 Cobblestone was the first map we produced, and while it included our ground-breaking pre-marked scenarios, it was before we had locked in pre-set terrain. The considerable success of Scorched Earth has inspired us to go back and redo the cobblestone version, and we are super excited to get it out there.
November is an exciting time for the game with the release of two new sculpts. Fazeal and Dor'gokaan will be available for purchase at Wafaire Weekend.
Lord Fazeal - Undead Death Knight
Publishing Fazeal's sculpt a few months ago generated unprecedented hype. So, we cannot wait to get him into the hands of our players. Fazeal is the first of our undead heroes, a race that introduced a host of unique racial traits, and he is our 3rd mounted model. The death knight is sure to become iconic in future years.
Dor'Gokaan - Demon
The maturity of the game provides a fantastic platform for the game's designers to push the boundaries with the monster class. Dor'gokaan is the result of this. Not only is he jam-packed full of special rules, but he also hits like a truck and increases his power for each Soul bound to his target. Dor'gokaan is also the first monster that can be summoned by Warlocks, so the big guy adds considerable strength to the sinister halfling Viktor.
Judgement North American Championship
The launch of the Judgement North American Championship is a significant milestone in our plan for the game we established from day 1. We make no secret of the fact that Judgement is built from the ground up for competitive play. Therefore, we are very excited about setting a platform to build a tournament circuit from that will grow exponentially over the next few years. While the 2019 JNAC is an open tournament, for 2020 and beyond it will be a 32 player invitational. We will be publishing full details on how tournament organisers can run 2020 qualifiers and how players can gain entry very soon.
As big as 2019 was for the game, 2020 is set to be even bigger. The year that Judgement makes its mark in North America.
Patch #9 - Setting Up 2020
The first patch of the year will be an opportunity to introduce any major corrections we feel the game may need. By this patch, we will also have a lot of data on win/loss and pick/ban records for all the heroes which will give us an informed view on the state of the game.
Elves vs Undead Narrative Campaign
While the competitive play of Judgement is front and centre for us, we love storytelling and have spent a lot of time fleshing out the origins of the Judgement universe. Our passion for the back story of the game come to fruition via our first narrative campaign. The Elves vs Undead campaign is set in the future world of Athien where Nephenee and Skye reside. A rivalry that was introduced in the Lich Dance origins stories is advanced and brought to life in this campaign. More information about the campaign will be released soon.
Bale & Sarna - The Mischevious Duo
Another milestone release as we introduce hero units with the mischevious duo. Bale & Sarna promise to provide a considerable meta shakeup with a plethora of cool abilities and a very high skill ceiling. North America's best competitive players will be uncovering dangerous synergies for a long time with these two.
Zhim'gigrak - Undead Lich
Ever since we published the Lich Dance origins stories, we have received questions about the mysterious Zhim'gigrak that Styx refers to in the narrative. Well, we are pleased to announce that we are going to bring him to life on the tabletop as he is one of the main protagonists in our narrative campaign. The rules for Zhim'gigrak are already under play-test, and we are excited to announce that Helge C Balzer has been commissioned to create his illustration.
Patch #10 - The Adepticon Patch
The April patch will be aimed towards setting the game up for the tournament season, kicking off immediately after its release with a JNAC auto-qualifier at Adepticon.
Adepticon JNAC Auto-Qualifier
We will be running a JNAC auto-qualifier at Adepticon 2020. The tournament will be a 5v5 pick & ban tournament on the Saturday with details forthcoming closer to the convention.
Isabel - Human Paladin
This is a very early sneak peek of Isabel, a hero we have not spoken about much up to this point. Her rules translate the Paladin archetype perfectly to the tabletop and she is going to be a fantastic addition to the Judgement universe.
We have plenty of cool things planned for release in 2020, however, for now, we will keep them under wraps. We are bursting with excitement about what we have locked in already after all! :)
Jeff & Andrew