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XCOM Creator to Crowdfund Next Project, Phoenix Point

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Julian Gollop, one of the creators of the original X-COM series, is taking to Fig to crowdfund his next strategy game, Phoenix Point.

At the moment, access to the Fig campaign is limited to those who have already supported a project on the platform, and Gollop is aiming to raise $500,000 to bring the project to life. Phoenix Point has already been in development for over a year, first being announced in March 2016, with the first media emerging in June last year.

The game will follow closely in the footsteps of X-COM, being described as featuring “turn-based tactics” and “world-based strategy.” Also as with X-COM, Phoenix Point will take place in a near-future version of Earth, though rather than an alien invasion, the enemies are the result of a mutagenic virus that emerged alongside the melting permafrost. While these beasts will control the sea, players will control the sky and the two sides will do battle for control of the land.

Battles will be selected from a holographic globe, reminiscent of X-COM’s Geoscape, while the turn-based gameplay will require players to be able to both plan for the long-term and adapt to enemy tactics on-the-fly.

In addition to the monsters, players will also have to do battle against various human factions, who are fighting for resources adding an extra layer of complexity and decision-making. More details about the game are available in Gollop’s pitch video:

For Phoenix Point, Gollop is once again heading Snapshot Games, the team behind 2015’s critically-acclaimed tactical RPG Chaos Reborn.

OnlySP will continue to follow the development of Phoenix Point. In the meantime, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest from the world of single-player gaming.

Damien Lawardorn
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