I don’t know if it’s cheerier or much more grim for an XCOM-ish turn-based tactical game to be set towards the very actual backdrop of the planet-ashing Cold War moderately than a humanity-mulching alien invasion, however I expect to find out in Phantom Doctrine. Developers CreativeForge Games, who you may keep in mind from their ‘XCOM/Jagged Alliance but demonic cowboys’ game Hard West, right now introduced plans to launch Phantom Doctrine on August 14th – simply over a month from now. It’s an interesting-looking one, supposedly with scope to finish missions with spy stealth in addition to Rambo III megamurder. Here, a brand new trailer introduces the premise.
And sure, that huge conspiracy corkboard is definitely a part of the game’s UI:
Our former Adam (RPS in peace) loved the Phantom Doctrine preview construct he performed final 12 months, attempting to wave away a few of the apparent XCOM comparisons, and it sounds sound.
“That’s a type of surprising parts. There are primarily three potential start-points for brokers on a mission. They will be a part of your squad, getting ready to infiltrate, they are often planted throughout the goal by assigning them to go undercover on the world map, or they are often on the perimeter of the map working as spotters or snipers. Those latter brokers can’t enter the precise tactical grid – they’re off-screen, assigned to 1 fringe of the map and geared up with both a scope or a rifle. With the scope, they’ll monitor enemy positions, and with a rifle they’ll decide off anybody silly sufficient to face close to a window or within the open.
“And the undercover agents can do just about anything you might imagine. You could have them kill all of their ‘colleagues’ silently and efficiently, giving your other agents a clear path to their target (whether that’s documents to steal, systems to sabotage, or a person to kill or kidnap), or they could simply act as eyes and ears on the inside. It might even be possible to have them complete objectives while pretending to be a good employee, without drawing attention to themselves.”
Hard West didn’t fairly come collectively however I’m longing for this one.