I tend to go to the line “Give me my detonators!” more than “Yippie Kie Yay ******” when I think of Die Hard. Never would I have thought though there would be a Die Hard board game! USAOpoly, and their partnership with Fox, have announced their intent to release a tabletop game from the film called Die Hard: The Nakatomi Board Game this Spring.
Released in 1988, the film and the franchise have never had a board game licensed to it, providing gameplay where one player plays as John McClane saving hostages from the rest of the players, who are members of Hans Gruber’s gang, in the Nakatomi Plaza high-rise. The announcement given on March 19th, source here, says:
USAopoly® (The OP), a leading board game and puzzle publisher, and FOX Consumer Products today announced plans to release Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist Board Game this spring. This is the first time the suspenseful action classic, which made its theatrical debut in 1988, has been officially licensed for a board game.
“Die Hard’s influence over the action-thriller genre is staggering, so we were beyond excited for the opportunity to harness the movie’s expert blend of action, intelligence and drama into a unique tabletop experience,” said Pat Marino, Lead Game Designer, USAopoly. ‘We are developing a game that will deeply resonate with Die Hard enthusiasts, incorporating even the slightest details to create a rich and entertaining experience that properly pays tribute to arguably the greatest action movie of all time.’
Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist Board Game will leverage one-versus-many, asymmetric gameplay to pit protagonist John McClane against others acting as thieves, cooperating to foil the hero’s plan, which is to save the hostages in the iconic Nakatomi Plaza high-rise. Movie buffs and hobby game enthusiasts will appreciate the forthcoming release’s distinct homage to the 1988 film, which packs rules and gameplay to the air vents with callbacks to Die Hard’s most memorable scenes, characters, and events.
Federico San Martin, Vice President of Global Toys and Hardlines, 20th Century Fox Consumer Products added: “The Die Hard board game from USAopoly provides an engaging touch point for fans seeking a nostalgic trip back to Nakatomi Tower and, three decades after the film’s release, allows a new generation of fans to play a unique game experience showcasing this incredible property.”
The OP, the award-winning publisher behind hit party games Telestrations® and Blank Slate™, as well as popular hobby games Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War and Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle, has worked with FOX Consumer Products for 13 years. The company has created compelling board game experiences for a variety of their licenses, including Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Futurama and Planet of the Apes.
Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist Board Game will be available Spring 2019 in select retailers, encouraging friends to come out to the table, get together, have a few laughs. Debates over whether the title will be considered a Christmas game or an action game to play year-round are expected to surface among fans waiting to relive the pop-culture hit on the table top. More information will be shared in the coming months on The OP website.
I don’t know about you, but we will have to see stats on how often this game gets played at Christmas! Be sure to check up for details on the USAOpoly website for more details on the Die Hard board game, and once out we’ll come to the board game table, get together, have a few laughs!