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All Upcoming UniVersus Sets In 2024

UniVersus 2024 Roadmap

Though it’s a trading card game that’s been around since 2006 – originally as the Universal Fighting System, or UFS – UniVersus relaunched in 2021, initially focusing on popular manga/anime series My Hero Academia.

Since then, the card game has built up a dedicated fanbase, with numerous My Hero Academia sets launched and many more on their way!

However, 2024 isn’t just about My Hero Academia for UniVersus.

In fact, the team at publisher UVS Games have been picking up some very interesting, impressively high profile properties to bring to UniVersus, which is made all the more intriguing when you know that all UniVersus sets are cross-compatible with each other.

Want to take characters from My Hero Academia into battle against those from Cowboy Bebop or Critical Role, or even Godzilla?

UniVersus makes that possible!

There’s much more to come, however, so let’s take a look at what sets UVS Games have announced for release in 2024.

1.  Challenger Series: Cowboy Bebop and Trigun Stampede (January 19th, 2024)

Cowboy Bebop and Trigun Stampede Universus

We’ve already mentioned these two behemoths of manga/anime; we’ve also already had a close up look at what these decks offer, in our Cowboy Bebop and Trigun Stampede Universus CCG article.

So what exactly are the Challenger Series decks?

Well, rather than larger sets of cards to collect via booster packs, which is the usual way that UniVersus cards are released, the Challenger Series decks are more self-contained, pre-constructed decks that peek into a new universe.

So, for the first releases in the Challenger Series, UniVersus has gone beyond My Hero Academia; bringing decks based on Cowboy Bebop and Trigun Stampede to the game.

Both are perennially popular properties; each originated in manga and anime form in the 90s, and have also seen more recent adaptations hit screens too.

In the case of Cowboy Bebop, Netflix released a live action adaptation and Trigun was rebooted in animated form, in the 2023 series Trigun Stampede.

The sets can be purchased as 60 card, pre-constructed decks, each of which has numerous foil-treated cards and a choice of two characters to take into battle.

Cowboy Bebop Universus Collector Booster

Additionally, each box also has a Collector’s Booster pack, which features all alternate art, foil treated variants of cards from the specific set.

Though it’s a decent entry point to UniVersus for fans of either property, these decks are fairly powerful and, given their relative complexity, may not be the right way to learn for absolute beginners to card games or UniVersus in general.

For players more curious about UniVersus, we’d definitely recommend checking out the My Hero Academia 2-Player Rival Box sets or Clash Decks, each of which provide a better, more accessible way to jump into the game.

However, given the spectacular foil treatments on many of the cards in the pack, they’re excellent as collector’s items for fans of either Cowboy Bebop, Trigun Stampede or both! 

2. Yu Yu Hakusho: Dark Tournament Boosters (February 23rd, 2024)

Yu Yu Hakusho Dark Tournament UniVersus Booster

Yu Yu Hakusho is another classic manga and anime series; the original manga made its debut in the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump way back in 1990.

Since then, the supernatural story has made its way into anime, video game and card game form too.

A Yu Yu Hakusho CCG was originally released in 2004, with another named Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files emerging in 2019, which used the UFS, now UniVersus, system!

So the new boosters are technically not the first time that Yu Yu Hakusho has come to UniVersus, though it is the first time since the game was released in its current form.

Coming exclusively to specialist game retailers, the Yu Yu Hakusho Dark Tournament boosters will contain a character card, six common cards, three uncommons, one foil rare, and one reprint card.

The set will feature 160 brand new cards, highlighting The Dark Tournament story arc, as well as seeing the return of Yusuke Urameshi and his team in UniVersus.

UniVersus Yu Yu Hakusho Dark Tournament Cards

Secret Rares, alternate art cards and even very limited, serialized Chrome Rares can also be pulled from Dark Tournament boosters.

Four serialized Chrome Rares are distributed in boosters; there are just 100 of each Chrome Rare, numbered #1-100 on each card. Naturally, these will be highly sought after by Yu Yu Hakusho and UniVersus fans and collectors!

There are 35 cards returning from the previous UniVersus Yu Yu Hakusho set as Time Shifted Reprints; these will be in the modern format, using the new, updated card frames (and card backs – check out more details in our UniVersus card back design guide).

Additionally, specialist game stores will also be holding special release events, in which players can compete for entry into the Wish Tournament, as well as potentially winning a playmat and special promotional card too!

The Wish Tournament will see players fighting for Chrome Rares, with the top 4 players all receiving ‘Top 4’ stamped versions of the four Chrome Rares from the Dark Tournament set.

In a neatly thematic touch, the overall winner of the tournament also gets to make a wish; choosing from one of the following:

  • Wish 1: One of every UVS Games product released in 2024
  • Wish 2: Create their own UniVersus card
  • Wish 3: Gen Con 2024 UniVersus VIP Experience

You can check out where to find a tournament near you, as well as stores holding stock of UniVersus products in general, using the UniVersus store locator.

3. Challenger Series: Critical Role: Vox Machina and Mighty Nein (March 21st, 2024)

Critical Role Challenger Decks - Universus

The streaming-live-roleplay series Critical Role has been a huge success, with many tie-ins based on its campaigns being released, including an animated series and even Dungeons & Dragons sourcebooks!

So it was surely only a matter of time before Critical Role made it to the tabletop in card game form – and it’s now arrived, though perhaps not in the game you’d expect; thanks to Critical Role being adapted for UniVersus!

Just like Cowboy Bebop and Trigun Stampede, the Critical Role sets will be Challenger Series decks. In the case of Critical Role, there are two decks; one based on the first Critical Role campaign, Vox Machina, and another based on the second campaign: Mighty Nein.

A variety of foil treated cards are in each of the 60 card decks, and the Collector’s Booster Pack (one of which you get alongside each deck) include even more variants; a random selection of alternate art and all foil treatment cards will be found in these packs.

4. My Hero Academia: Girl Power (May 17th, 2024)

UniVersus Girl Power Booster Box

It’s not all about exploring strange new worlds in Challenger Series decks for UniVersus in 2024; UVS Games are still finding time to take players back to the super powered world of My Hero Academia, with the seventh booster set, Girl Power, having arrived on May 17th, 2024.

As you may have guessed from the set’s name, Girl Power showcases female students, heroes and villains from My Hero Academia. Along with plenty of alternate art cards in the set in general, each of the character cards will have an exclusive alternate art version; these are also new to the Girl Power set.

Unlike the Challenger Series decks, Girl Power follows the pattern of the other UniVersus My Hero Academia sets, in that it’s a full collectible card game set. That means booster packs (and boxes, if you want to pick up your boosters in bulk!) are available, so you’ll be able to experience the thrill of the hunt in ripping open booster packs, hoping to get your hands on those aforementioned Rare and alternate art cards!

One thing with the bigger UniVersus sets is that there are always plenty of alluring special cards to find; just check out our guide to My Hero Academia Card Rarities for a deeper look at what you can expect from Girl Power boosters, as well as other My Hero Academia UniVersus sets.

When Girl Power was announced, it was also revealed that more My Hero Academia products are due in the third quarter of 2024 from UniVersus. For now, however, what these actually are is currently under wraps.

As soon as more information is released, however, you can be sure that we here at Card Gamer will be ready to update you with the details!

5. Challenger Series: Godzilla  (June 21st, 2024)

UniVersus Godzilla Decks

Just in time for the King of the Monsters to celebrate his 70th birthday (that’s right, the original Japanese kaiju movie, Gojira, was released way back in 1954!), UniVersus ihas brought two more Challenger Series decks to stores.

Not only is this just in time for Godzilla’s 70th anniversary, but it’s also been timed (coincidentally or otherwise!) with the very well received, highly regarded Godzilla Minus One releasing internationally via Netflix.

The two decks available are Godzilla + Mothra and King Gidorah + Rodan. These, like other Challenger Series decks that have previously been released, contain the decks themselves and a Collector’s Booster pack alongside each one. These contain 6 foil treated and alternate art cards, which, given Godzilla’s current, not to mention enduring, popularity, are sure to become highly sought after cards!

Also in these packs, you’ll find a card guide booklet too. Of course, with Godzilla x Kong having also been released earlier this year (despite being far less warmly received than Godzilla Minus One), it’s clear that the King of the Monsters is having quite the anniversary, so what are you waiting for? Grab hold of these decks, so the kaiju can emerge and reclaim the tabletop from us pesky humans!

6. Attack On Titan (Q3 and Q4, 2024)

Attack On Titan - UniVersus
IMAGE CREDIT: UVS GAMES

Perhaps one of the most exciting releases on the UniVersus schedule for 2024, little is known about the Attack On Titan sets that are due in the third and fourth quarter of the year.

So what makes them so exciting?

Well, the Attack On Titan releases are going to be the first sets, from the current incarnation of UniVersus at least, that will be heading beyond My Hero Academia for more than ‘just’ Challenger Series decks.

That said, there will be Challenger Series decks; however, the Attack On Titan products will also include booster packs, boxes and Clash Decks, based on the manga, too.

The first booster set, known as Attack On Titan: Battle For Humanity, is launching in the third quarter of 2024, accompanied by Clash Decks and Challenger Series Decks; the second, as yet untitled, booster set and other products will follow in quarter four.

Given just how popular the Attack On Titan manga and anime series are, this should definitely be a set to look out for.

Not only will it be a great way in to UniVersus for Attack On Titan fans, given that both Clash Decks and Booster Packs will be available, but it’ll also prove to be of interest to collectors too, with both the boosters and Challenger Series decks giving ample opportunity for alternate art, full art and special foil treatment cards to be found!

7. Star Trek: Lower Decks (2024)

IMAGE CREDIT: PARAMOUNT

With no release date yet announced, there’s very little information and no images of the UniVersus Star Trek set.

However, UVS Games have confirmed that the card set will focus on Star Trek: Lower Decks, the animated, comedic look at a previously little-covered side of the Star Trek universe.

We also know that the set will take the form of four Challenger Series decks, each with its own unique character card. Though not fully confirmed, it’s heavily implied in the UVS announcement that the characters heading up each deck will be Ensign Beckett Mariner, Ensign Brad Broimler, Ensign D’Vana Tendi, and Ensign Sam Rutherford.

Star Realms Base Game

UVS Games have also confirmed that they will be releasing a crossover with the ever popular deck building game, Star Realms. Though this won’t be compatible with UniVersus, the Star Trek Star Realms game will be both standalone and fully compatible with all previously released Star Realms products.

8. Tekken 8 (2024)

Tekken 8
IMAGE CREDIT: BANDAI NAMCO

Finally, the last product expected for this year is a release which takes UniVersus right back to its origins as the Universal Fighting System, back when it was an excellent vehicle for adapting popular fighting video games into tabletop form.

Tekken 8, the latest in the fighting game series which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is on its way to UniVersus.

All that’s known currently is that the cards will feature characters from the most recent instalment of the Tekken saga; there has been no release date announcement at this stage.

However, we’ll be keeping a close eye on further news and will update this article as more information is announced.

Keep your eyes peeled for much more UniVersus news as the year goes on – we’ll be here with updates and new product reveals as they happen.


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