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Phantom Doctrine Brings Back Cold War Spy Strategy Next Month

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CreativeForge has set a mid-August release date for its Cold War thriller, Phantom Doctrine.

The turn-based strategy game, which pits players as the leader of a secret organisation endeavouring to end a global conspiracy to reignite the Cold War, is slated to launch on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on August 14.

For its core gameplay, the title draws from the likes of XCOM, but aims to provide “next-generation turn-based combat,” incorporating real-time elements, as well as variations on traditional skills such as Overwatch.

Beyond the battles, Phantom Doctrine is said to include more than 40 hours of content, which includes a robust investigation board mechanic that provide players with an ever-expanding set of missions, tools, and clues.

The title will also invite replayability through the inclusion of two different protagonists—a former member of either the KGB or CIA—though the narratives converge, as well as maps that employ a form of procedural generation to ensure that each playthrough offers a different experience.

In many ways, Phantom Doctrine is an expansion on the ideas of CreativeForge’s previous game, Hard West, a supernatural Western-themed strategy game that was lauded for its style, though its gameplay received a more mixed response.

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Stalker 2 is Not A Revived Version of the Cancelled 2012 Project

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Stalker 2 has been confirmed as an entirely new project that has no basis on the cancelled 2012 sequel.

Roughly a decade ago, fans were excited when Stalker 2 was announced. Unfortunately, in 2012, Ukrainian developers GSC Games World was shut down and all progress on the sequel was put on hold.

All went quiet until 2014 where the company resurfaced and announced that development on a version of Stalker 2 was underway. Despite a developer build for the original Stalker 2 making its way onto the web, GSC Games World chose to start from scratch and create an entirely new AAA experience for the series.

GSC Games World has so far not stated why the decision was made to start from the beginning, aside from the assurance that the new game is currently in development and will hopefully hit stores in 2021.

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