A Preview of the TANTIVE IV Expansion Pack for X-Wing from FFG

Here is that classic ship that we’ve all seen a million times but had no idea what is was called. Now you too will be able to blow it up, if you are so inclined. Here is a portion of the article from Fantasy Flight Games, visit their website for all of the info:


A 360-degree view of the CR90 Corellian corvette. (Click to view a larger image.)

Developer Alex Davy on the CR90 Corellian Corvette and Point of No Return

The Tantive IV is the iconic Rebel corvette that appears in the very opening scene of Star Wars: A New Hope. Rocketing through space above Tatooine, turbolaser blasts ricocheting off its shields, the Tantive IV screams onto the screen in the midst of a struggle for its very survival. Then, as the menacing bulk of an Imperial Star Destroyer appears in hot pursuit, with its vast bulk physically annexing the screen, the truly uneven nature of the Tantive’s desperate plight becomes immediately apparent.

While we were working on the missions that you’ll find in the Tantive IV Expansion Pack, we wanted them to convey the same feelings of dread and desperation that the opening scene of A New Hope evokes so well; we wanted you to know how it felt to stand among a beleaguered group of Rebels aboard a heavily-outgunned frigate. However, the Tantive IV was far from the only CR90 Corellian corvette in the Rebellion, and in our campaign, instead of fleeing from a massive Star Destroyer, a group of Rebel sympathizers must escape wave upon wave of the Empire’s seemingly endless supply of TIE fighters.

Fortunately, when it’s equipped for battle, a CR90 Corellian corvette is more than capable of holding its own against these starfighters. The corvette that’s coming to X-Wing boasts banks of turbolasers, the game’s most powerful primary attack to-date, and a brand new range ruler that extends to Range “5.” The crew of this corvette may find themselves in a desperate situation, but it will take every fighter in the Empire player’s arsenal to bring them down.

Meanwhile, the six missions that form the expansion’s Point of No Return campaign present the most cinematic X-Wing experience yet. While each of the missions can be played independently, they were designed with campaign play in mind, and that’s where they shine brightest. Winning or losing a single mission won’t end the campaign, but it will change the storyline and determine the mission that players will tackle next, ensuring that the campaign will never play the same way twice. The entire campaign culminates in a tense battle amid an Imperial minefield, as the Rebels try to run the blockade and escape with their Tibanna gas – as well as some new information that may prove vital to the Rebel Alliance.

 

The new campaign from the Tantive IV Expansion Pack introduces you to just one of the play experiences you’ll be able to enjoy with your CR90 Corellian corvette. While you wait for your chance to dive into the exciting new challenges of the Point of No Return campaign, you can look at the Point of No Return Campaign Progress Sheet (pdf, 762 KB), now available on the game’s support page. Then, in the coming weeks, we’ll take a closer look at the Epic Play tournament format and explore how the CR90 might serve as the centerpiece for a couple of different squad builds.

The Tantive IV is one the most iconic of all Star Wars starships. Don’t miss out on your chance to field it in the fast-paced battles of X-Wing. Head to your local retailer today to pre-order your copy of the Tantive IV Expansion Pack!

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