A solid little 2/1 agenda. The first one in Jinteki since Clone Retirement! And a much better one too - Jinteki decks seldom ran with much bad publicity, and Clone Retirement was not a reliable way of removing it. (Since if stolen, it just made the problem worse!) Hybrid Release is a much better agenda overall, that doesn't have a downside in the same way Clone Retirement did.
So first off, it's a 2/1. This is nice just for scoring reasons - it's only one point, but you can fast-advance it out of your hand with no other tools. The effect is solid also - Installing cards from archives is both very handy, and very in-theme for Jinteki. (Although note that you still have to pay for the install. No cheap ice towers for you!) It does have one other limit though - you can only install cards from archives that are facedown. So you can't install anything that the runner has already trashed, for example. But that's fine - it's still a great way to pull out failed traps or agendas that you have stashed! (Or just useful cards that you have discarded.)
I also really like the design of this card. Every startup-legal Jinteki identity synergizes with it in a different way:
- Jinteki: Personal Evolution loves 1-point agendas, and ones that are safe to score are basically just free net damage.
- Jinteki: Restoring Humanity likes having facedown cards in the archives anyway, (and tends to have at least some defense on their archives) so will very likely have something to target with the agenda ability.
- Issuaq Adaptics: Sustaining Diversity can play it facedown on the board, unadvanced, and if the runner doesn't check it, next turn they can Seamless Launch it to score and trigger their identity, making it effectively worth two points.
Other synergies are mostly just things that put things into the archives facedown for it to target. Hansei Review is a classic. Moon Pool can leave things in archives facedown, if you already have an agenda in archives when you trigger it. And the new card, Simulation Reset is a fantastic way to both recur useful cards, while leaving some facedown cards in archives.
So yeah. It's not a terribly exciting agenda. It's not going to break the game, or be the final piece in some ridiculous janky combo. (Issuaq nonsense notwithstanding) It's just a very solid agenda with good numbers, clean design, and a useful effect, that can fit right into almost any Jinteki deck and be useful. Give it a whirl next time you are deckbuilding, and you will probably find it useful!
That is a really good point! I forgot that Kakurenbo doesn't block scoring, but that makes it a really nice combo with this card, doesn't it?— Bwob
You could also combo with Kakurenbo to score it and install ANYTHING from archive.— Diogene