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German board game publisher Hans im Gluck Verlags has announced plans to release Carcassonne Star Wars in Autumn 2015.  The news was shared, along with prototype images, on its Twitter account, after a preview at Spielwarenmesse, the international toy fair in Nuremberg.

Designed by Klaus-Jurgen Wrede and published in 2000 by Hans im Gluck in Germany, the tile-based board game received the Spiel des Jahres and the Deutscher Spiele Preis awards in 2001, and has been translated into 24 languages.  U.S. publisher Z-Man Games began selling the board game in Toys R US stores in late 2013 (see "'Carcassonne' in TRU").  Carcassonne holds the #9 spot on ICv2’s most recent Top 10 Board Games chart (see "Top 10 Board Games--Summer 2014").

Z-Man's U.S. spokesperson told ICv2 that the company is negotiating with Hans im Gluck for rights to several games, but did not confirm whether or not Carcassonne Star Wars was one of them.

With J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens slated to be released nationwide on December 18, 2015 (see "'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser"), a Q4 2015 release would be smart planning for any licensed Star Wars product release.