EDIT: This post was previously made with the wrong release date listed, all dates listed are now correct. Apologies to anyone who received the incorrect information.
Phoenix Point is the game that builds off of the success of Firaxis Games’ XCOM: Enemy Unknown, which in turn was a re-imagining of UFO: Enemy Unknown, which was originally created by a guy called Julian Gollop, who was the designer on Phoenix Point. Simple stuff. In short I guess he’s the Sid Meier of turn-based tacticals, and I bet after so long away from the helm of such a project he’d be brimming with ideas for something new and exciting.
The Earth has been overrun. A mutating, alien menace threatens the last remnants of mankind. Only the Phoenix Project, a secret organization of the best minds and bravest soldiers left on earth, can repel the aliens and reverse the inevitable. It’s up to you to lead the Phoenix Project: research and develop new technologies and techniques, explore a ravaged globe, build your bases, manage resources, and fight hard battles.
Well, OK then. I guess he’s more like the Sid Meier of turn based tacticals, if Sid Meier doggedly held onto the same concept for his entire career. Never let a good idea go to waste I guess.
That being said however, Phoenix Point is a fantastic game, rivaling Firaxis’ rebooted XCOM franchise in just about all ways. It seems to take itself a little more seriously, the world seems darker, everything is just a bit more grim and gratuitous. It at least sets itself apart from the Firaxis effort in that sense, although the core gameplay is largely the same as their competitor’s efforts just adding enough depth to make it seem like the more hardcore of the titles.
Looking to release the 3rd of next month is the games “Year One Edition”, featuring all of the games currently released DLC content and digital extras all bundled together in one neatly wrapped package.
Alongside this announcement developers Snapshot Games have launched a new update for the game featuring improvements to the user interface in both tactical combat and the geoscape (or world map for those not familiar with the terminology). The update also feature new end screens to allow you to check out stats of your run-through of the game, and a memorial service acting as a reminder for fallen soldiers.
Outside of this the update brings better controller support which may be a good thing to hear for those who have been waiting for Phoenix Point to make it’s arrival on console, and a number of balance tweaks and performance optimizations.
Phoenix Point: Year One Edition
(December 3rd 2020)
The Earth has been overrun. A mutating, alien menace threatens the last remnants of mankind. Only the Phoenix Project, a secret organization of the best minds and bravest soldiers left on earth, can repel the aliens and reverse the inevitable.