Games Gazette Logo

On the 5th anniversary of the release of the best-seller by Richard Garfield, King of Tokyo gets a facelift with a new version, entirely redone by a group of artists* lead by Régis Torres, who previously illustrated the Halloween collector pack and King of New York.
In addition to these exclusive illustrations, this new version will have a new rulebook that was reworked to be clearer, as well as two new monsters: the ever-so-popularSpace Penguin (the original version, highly sought-after by players, was only available through tournaments) and Cyber Kitty.
The King, Gigazaur, Meca Dragon, and Alienoid, still defending their territory, have also benefitted from a makeover. The changes are purely aesthetic changes: the rules of the game and Power cards remain unchanged!
These new illustrations will also be used the the digital version of the game, currently in the development stages, whose requirements were the main reason behind the makeover.
Initially published by IELLO in 2011, King of Tokyo has today been translated into 30 languages, and has sold over 750,000 copies worldwide!

This new version will be available on July 14 in English**, and by the end of the year in the 14 following languages: German, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish, and Swedish.
* by Régis Torres, Igor Polouchine, Anthony Wolf, Djib, Gabriel Butik, Jonathan Silvestre, and Romain Gaschet
** release date in North America; the game will be available in other English-speaking regions in the following weeks.
Of course, we haven’t forgotten owners of the original edition, without whom the game’s success wouldn’t be possible. This new version will certainly inspire questions about compatibility and content, and we’ve tried to answer these questions so no one feels slighted.

Compatibility with the expansions
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to keep the same card backs on the Energy cards (they hosted the old box cover, which is different in this new version). To make sure the original version is compatible with future expansions, or the existing cards (promos or cards in the Halloween collector pack) with the new version, we’ll soon offer, at a reasonable price, card sleeves that fit the game’s theme.

The existing Evolution cards are completely compatible with the new version (by giving the new monsters the Evolutions of the monsters they replaced, or by using a dealing variant for the Evolutions – drafting or random distribution). A new version of Power Up!is already planned, with Evolutions for the new monsters, as well as Evolutions that let you use the King of Tokyo monsters in King of New York.

All the other contents, and notably the monsters, is and will remain entirely compatible between both versions and all expansions.

New and old monsters
We’re talking with our partners right now about the pertinence and possibility of offering Cyber Kitty and Space Penguin as a mini-expansion, so that owners of the original version can also enjoy them!

An additional monster that resembles Kraken will soon be available… Cyber Bunny is no longer available.


© Chris Baylis 2011-2021