Cryptozoic Entertainment has released details about the launch of Batman:  The Dark Knight Returns – The Game and the DC Deck-Building Game: Crossover Collection 1, both releasing in the first quarter next year.

Announced last year (see “Cryptozoic Entertainment Releases New Info About ‘Batman:  The Dark Knight Returns Board Game’”), Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – The Game brings the Frank Millar comic book series to the tabletop.  Batman leaves retirement to face mutants, corrupt cops, and the press as well as iconic villains like Two-Face and the Joker.  The game features four “Books,” each with different rules and villains, which can be played on their own or as a campaign.  It also offers three difficulty levels, and can be played solo or one-on-one.

Two versions of the game will be offered:  a regular and a Deluxe Edition.  Both games include more than 200 cards, a game board, 160 tokens, 21 standees with bases, 1 dry erase marker, 11 Batarang dice and 35 other dice, and the 4 Books.  The Deluxe Edition adds 17 plastic miniatures.  Batman:  The Dark Knight Returns – The Game is intended for 1 or 2 players, ages 14 and up, and each scenario takes about 90 minutes to play.  MSRP is $64.99 for the standard version and $109.99 for the Deluxe Edition.

Cryptozoic raised funding for the production through a Kickstarter campaign last February that attracted 4,131 backers to pledge $398,775 to the project (an average of $96.53 per backer).  The game will be released into the trade in January following backer fulfillment.

The DC Deck-Building Game:  Crossover Collection 1 collects three Crossover Packs into a single box, featuring Crossover Pack 5:  The Rogues, Crossover Pack 6:  Birds of Prey, and Crossover Pack 7:  The New Gods (see “DC Comics Deck-Building Game Expands with ‘Rogues,’” “Cryptozoic Doubles Down on DC,” and “New Gods Join ‘DC Deck-Building Game’”).  Each of the three sets included add new heroes and villains to the game as well as new mechanics, with a total of 95 game cards and 18 foil character cards.  A Black Racer promo card is also included.  MSRP is $29.99.

Cryptozoic has pushed back the release date for The Flash vs. Reverse Flash and Injustice sets until next year (see “Cryptozoic Pushes Two ‘DC Deck-Building Game’ Releases”).