New Infinity CodeOne: Crimson Stone starter set announced with trailer

Playing wargames with minis needs persistence. There’s all the painting, naturally, however the guidelines themselves are infamously intricate. Surviving a fight can take hours, and there’s frequently downtime invested awaiting your challenger to deviate. It’s these drawbacks that Infinity CodeOne, a video game established and released by Corvus Belli, was created to prevent. On Thursday, the Spanish business revealed a brand-new starter set, entitled Infinity CodeOne: Crimson Stone. We’ve embedded the trailer above. Polygon spoke with co-creator Gutier Lusquiños to get more information.

Infinity was very first released in 2005. Lusquiños and his partners wished to make a sci-fi video game that stuck out from the competitors. They desired something less grim and retrofuturistic than Warhammer 40,000, however likewise something brighter and more positive than your typical cyberpunk setting. The service was a mix of Japanese manga-inspired art work and a confident, global political landscape comparable to Star Trek.

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A table established to play Infinity at Gen Con in 2015. The only method to pass through the snowy map jumbled with icy spires was through the narrow passages of a futuristic area nest.
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Theirs is a world set 180 years into the future, where humankind is simply beginning to develop itself throughout numerous extrasolar worlds. For gamers that implies great deals of unique weapons and armor, however a design of battle that still feels nevertheless familiar.

In a conventional video game of Infinity, 2 gamers square off versus each other with about 15 minis each. Fights happen on little tables, the biggest being a 4 foot square. However what sets the video game apart aesthetically is the density of the surface. Where a video game like 40K might have just a handful of buildings or trees on the table, games of Infinity often resemble dense mazes filled with weird futuristic structures and alien plant life. The reason for all that surface is because of Infinity’s most unique feature, a mechanic called Automatic Order Reaction (AoR).

Cover art for Operation Kaldstrom shows two heavily armed and armored warriors fighting with swords.

Infinity CodeOne launched with Operation Kaldstrom in 2020.
Image: Corvus Belli

Say that one of your models is standing in the back of a structure, completely hidden from your opponent’s miniatures. On their turn, your opponent moves their miniature around the corner of that structure bringing them face-to-face with your own. In a video game of Warhammer 40,000, unless those units were within one inch of each other, nothing much would happen. The enemy unit would finish its move, and then take its actions accordingly on that player’s turn. But, in Infinity, moving into line of sight — called Line of Fire (LoF) in game terms — allows you to take aim and fire at the enemy unit.

Units are always at risk of receiving return fire, making the simple act of moving across the board a challenge. As a result, fans of Infinity find it to be much more active and engaging than other systems.

A render showing a play mat, miniatures, dice, and more.

An early render of the first Infinity CodeOne boxed set. Expect a similar assortment for Crimson Stone.
Image: Corvus Belli

“One of the great advances of Infinity when we released it — nearly 20 years ago — was the Automatic Order Reaction,” Lusquiños said. “One of the reasons we say, ‘In Infinity it is always your turn,’ is because you can always play. Always. And, that again, came from our times as gamers, when you say, ‘Okay, it’s your turn. I’m going to sit here and wait. I’m going to get a Coke and come back in five minutes, but you can you can start moving now.’ That’s very boring, and it doesn’t reflect the reality of combat.”

Additionally, games of Infinity last simply a few rounds making every engagement a sprint to the finish line. Players must probe for weakness in their opponent’s line, but if they stall or lack boldness it can be easy to lose momentum.

A hybrid human/alien creature lashes out with a clawed fist. He’s lightly spattered with blood.

Fans who pre-order Infinity CodeOne: Crimson Stone will get the exclusive Wolfgang Amadeus Wolff miniature for free.
Image: Corvus Belli

Infinity CodeOne is a simplified version of the larger Infinity game. Like Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team, it also requires fewer miniatures — as few as three on each side. But, unlike Kill Team, CodeOne is a true introduction to a larger ruleset. CodeOne teaches players the exact same skills they will need to succeed at the full-fat version of Infinity. Lusquiños calls it the “gateway to Infinity.”

The new Crimson Stone starter set adds two factions, the Nomads and the Ariadna, which have not yet appeared in this slimmed down version of the game. Expect an asymmetrical confrontation, with the lower-tech Ariadna relying on brute force against the more advanced Nomads. When the game ships later this year it will come with a playmat, plenty of three-dimensional cardboard surface, and all the tokens and markers needed to play. Pre-orders begin on July 5. No pricing information was given.

You can get started playing Infinity right now, with whatever minis you have actually offered. The complete, 176-page rulebook is offered totally free online.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.