Snapshot Games, the studio behind Kickstarter alum Chao Reborn, announced on Tuesday it is now seeking $500,000 on crowdfunding platform Fig for its new video game project and XCOM inspired, Phoenix Point.
Phoenix Point is described as a turn-based tactics and world-based strategy scifi game. The game’s story reads:
“The spread of alien Pandoravirus was an unimaginable extinction event, nearly wiping out all human life. The fortunate majority were quickly killed off by the virus, but some were mutated by the aggressive virus, which attacks human DNA sequences and imbeds its own transformative DNA, thereby mutating humans into horrifically disfigured alien species with the ability to clone. Those who somehow survived gather in isolated havens spread throughout the world, with several of the largest and most powerful factions of radically contrasting ideologies controlling most of the world’s resources.
“Players play as part of the Phoenix Project, a worldwide organization set in place before the Pandoravirus, and designed to activate in times of world peril. You and your team must find out what has happened to the other Phoenix Project sleeper cells as you race to bring humanity back from the brink of extinction. Along the way, you will encounter constant threats from an ever-increasing variety of alien mutants (procedural generation system) armed with varying tactical abilities and intense boss battles with massive monsters and alien land walkers. Aliens are not your only concern as you will come face to face with unpredictable interactions with human factions with their ideologies and rife with internal conflicts including kidnappings, assassinations, sabotage, military coups, and base defense missions.”
Phoenix Point was created by Julian Gollop, the veteran designer of the original X-COM games, and David Kaye, the founder of Gaming Insiders. According to Snapshot Games, Phoenix Point draws inspiration from a deep pool of talented developers from companies such as Ubisoft Sofia and Crytek Black Sea, and games such as XCOM 2 and X-COM Apocalypse. Gollop, who is also the studio’s CEO, stated:
“We are creating Phoenix Point by taking influences from the famed X-COM franchise. We are updating our favorite gameplay features from X-COM titles such as UFO: Enemy Unknown and X-COM Apocalypse that I designed, and mixing them with some of the amazing ideas Firaxis Games executed brilliantly in their franchise reboots, to create an entirely new game whose essence lies in the XCOM genre.”
Phoenix Point is expected to release in the fourth quarter of 2018 for PC, MAC, and Linux. Since its launch, the campaign has successfully secured nearly $200,000 from nearly 3,000 backers. It is set to close on June 7th.
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