When fans fall in love with a trading card game, it is hard for them to give it up. Such was the case with Upper Deck’s Vs. System game which was discontinued in January, 2009. Legions of fans continue to play the game and fight for the return of it on Facebook groups like the Vs. System Collective and Bring Back Vs. System. Upper Deck shared in 2011 that the company had put the game on the shelf for now. After looking at the market and continued fan demand for the game, a special announcement was made on Thursday at Gen Con; the Vs. System would be back.
A preview version was available exclusively for the Gen Con show, and over 100 fans immediately got in line to grab a copy of the Vs. System. This is basically a test to see if fans are really willing to support the game at the show. If fans buy the game, share the game and help us grow interest in the game, Upper Deck will support it by releasing new sets and expansions using the company’s existing licenses.
The game would not be back in the traditional trading card game (TCG) format with booster packs and rare cards. This concept allows players to compete on a level playing field. Cards from the older set would not be eligible for use in the new game.
Things are looking good for Upper Deck to formally bring the game back based on feedback and sales at the Gen Con show, but the team will need to review all show data before we formalize plans to publically announce future plans for the Vs. System. We understand die-hard fans have a lot of questions, we ask for you all to be a little patient while we work out the details.