More grim tidings for comic book loving gamers – superhero collectible card game Vs. has been given the death sentence by Upper Deck. All we can do now is hope that next year, we’ll find out this cancelled Vs. game was really a cosmic entity only pretending to be Vs., while the real Vs. was in suspended animation on the moon.
This economic crisis really sucks. Just when we really need escapist fun, all our entertainment industries are slashing, burning or just flat out collapsing. Even the Hollywood film studios are feeling the crunch. Upper Deck has already been through two rounds of layoffs, and are embroiled in a major lawsuit over the Yu-gi-oh! CCG. Vs. suffered from the same problems as so many other collectible games – dwindling interest, too many lackluster expansions shoved out the door one after the other, and not much in the way of a local tournament scene to sustain the playerbase (with a few exceptions). Feel free to read the official announcement.
With Wizkids dead and the HeroClix sale in limbo, the comics/games crossover market is totally flatlined right now. Your options include Marvel Heroscape and some old Spider-Man pogs you found in a closet. The silver lining when any collectible game dies is, of course, that Vs. boosters should be cheap to come by, and it’s still a fun game to play with your friends. Some of the expansions were already selling for bargain basement prices, so it will be easy to stock up and build a bunch of fun theme decks.
So what is the shelf life for a collectible game these days? Back when HeroClix and Vs. came out, they seemed like strong games that would last forever. Name a single collectible game (cards, minis, whatever) other than Magic and, uh…PokÃ©mon, that’s been around for more than five or six years.