Sometimes the best way to make a name for yourself is just to target the top person or thing in your industry and go right after them. It doesn’t always work, but at least you can’t be accused of not aiming high enough if you don’t succeed. Hearthstone is currently the king when it comes to mobile/PC collectible card games, but ZiMAD is hoping to shake things up in the genre with Star Crusade: War for the Expanse.

As the name implies, Star Crusade is a sci-fi take on the CCG, allowing players to take control of one of six different factions jockeying control of a distant sector of space (smart money says that’s the titular Expanse). Already in beta on Steam, the game has more than 400 cards, a unique twist on deck construction thanks to variable deck sizes and multiple game modes, including single-player matches, ranked matches and random draft raids.


ZiMAD is also working on things like a co-op 2v2 mode, a new customization mechanic called “Modules,” and long-term events. The hope is that a new level of versatility will be Star Crusade’s calling card, so to speak.

“There are few truly dominant players in the digital CCG scene, but we intend to change that,” ZiMAD producer Alex Rechevskiy said in a press release. “We feel so strongly about the strategic deck construction, Modules, and multiple play modes in Star Crusade – which we know will add tons of variety to the genre – that we’re ready to take on all comers. Come play the game at GDC and see for yourself!”

An ‘A’ for ambition seems to be in order here. As Rechevskiy said, anyone at GDC March 16-18 can get an up-close look at Star Crusade at Booth 2041 in the South Hall. For everyone else, the ZiMAD website should be your first stop as we wait on word for when the game might show up on iOS.