Back in September we were surprised to see the name Asmodee Digital on the App Store where Playdek once resided, specifically on the Playdek versions of Twilight Struggle and Ascension. Today we learned that those two games were only the beginning of the Playdek/Asmodee partnership as Asmodee is now also the publisher of Playdek’s first foray into the heavy euro-world, Agricola as well as their card battler, Summoner Wars.
There was a lot of speculation back in September as to what this meant for Playdek going forward. As we’re all quite aware, it doesn’t seem to have meant much, as least in terms of the games we all know and love. Twilight Struggle hasn’t been updated in a year and Ascension hasn’t been touched in 10 months, both well before any partnership blossomed. Hopefully, while not showing any outward signs we can spot, it’s bringing Playdek a little extra cash so they can keep doing what we want them to do—make more games.
So, while it sounds like big news, Asmodee now publishing Agricola and Summoner Wars probably doesn’t mean a whole lot for us in terms of the games themselves. I imagine the Agricola you can download in December of 2018 will be very similar to the one you can download now. Hell, it might be the same version. What we can hope for is that Playdek announces that they’re working on a new title backed by Asmodee. I know it’s a long shot, but that’s all I can really make out of this whole situation.