The Fantasy Flight Games edition of Cosmic Encounter was released in 2008. It included improved components, including stackable plastic ships and mobile mini-boards for the planets and game areas (as opposed to the large fixed boards of previous editions), support for up to 5 players (up to 8 with expansions), 50 aliens (many returning from previous editions but some all-new), improved rules with clarifications and the all-new Technology variant.
42nd Anniversary Edition
In 2018, in honor of the upcoming 42nd anniversary of Cosmic Encounter, Fantasy Flight Games re-released their edition of the game as an anniversary edition. This edition included several new features, such as translucent plastic ships, a "Learn to Play" comic to allow players to quickly jump in without having to read the rulebook, a set of Cosmic Combo cards that list themed sets of aliens to be played together, corrections for many cards' texts based on the official FAQ, and a re-release of the Demon alien sheet and flare card, which had formerly been available only as promos.
This edition includes 50 aliens, 13 of which are brand-new in this edition:
The 42nd Anniversary Edition includes the above aliens plus 1 more:
The Fantasy Flight Games edition currently has a total of 6 expansions and 2 promotional aliens:
|Expansion||Year||New aliens||New player color||New variants|
|Cosmic Incursion||2009||20||Orange||Reward deck|
|Cosmic Alliance||2012||20||White||Large group; Team Cosmic|
|Cosmic Storm||2013||25||Space stations|
|Cosmic Dominion||2014||30||New reward deck; ship markers|
|Cosmic Eons||2016||30||Hidden Alliances; Essence aliens|
|Booster (promo)||2019||1||Pink (ships only)|
With all expansions included, the Fantasy Flight Games edition currently includes 196 aliens (197 if you can get your hands on the Booster promo) and supports up to 8 players. If the translucent ships from the 42nd Anniversary Edition are included, the game can unofficially support up to 13 players.
- The box cover image has gone through a number of changes across Fantasy Flight Games' various printings:
- The first printing simply shows the game's logo on a textured background.
- The second printing depicts Parasite in the foreground and (clockwise from top) Mirror, Virus, Warpish, Fodder, Reincarnator and Will in the background.
- The 42nd Anniversary Edition depicts Sorcerer in the foreground and (clockwise from top) Citadel, Tick-Tock, Vacuum, Cudgel and Will in the background.