Maker of original X-COM franchise launches Phoenix Point next week

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If you think Phoenix Point looks like it's made by the creators of the original X-COM, you'd be right. Snapshot Games is led Julian Gollop, the "man who gave birth to the X-COM franchise," in the form of UFO: Enemy Unknown/X-COM: UFO Defense in 1994.

Phoenix Point is rife with bug-like aliens scrapping with bug-killing soldiers here on Earth. Well, on an Earth ripped right from the headlines, where global warming has melted Antarctica's permafrost, and the misty vapor from Antarctica has released some kind of alien-making plague? Either way, you're sending in a trio of soldiers on a dropship into xeno hot zones where you get to go alien sniping. There's a global overworld map, body-part-specific targeting, and enough ammo to splatter those horrific mutations all over the map. 

Take on a brutal alien menace in Phoenix Point, the new strategy game from the creator of X-COM. Manage your troops on the battlefield and your bases on a global scale. Work with or against rival factions to uncover the secrets of the alien invasion. Explore, secure resources, research new technologies, and fight. It's time to rise from the ashes.

You can find Phoenix Point in the Apple Store, Windows Store, and Epic Games Store on December 3.

Phoenix Point

Phoenix Point puts players in the midst of a desperate fight to take back the Earth from a mutating, alien menace. Featuring turn-based tactical combat on procedurally generated maps, and resource management on a global scale, Phoenix Point offers endless replayability and a brutal challenge.

Following a global environmental disaster, the Pandoravirus appeared and began reshaping creatures, including humans, into hideous mutants. Unable to stop the progress of the virus, much of human civilization was wiped out -- only small enclaves remain, separated by their principles and the vast landscape. The Phoenix Project, an ancient failsafe against global catastrophe is the only hope to unite mankind and take back the planet.

Lead the Phoenix Project from its base at Phoenix Point. Research and develop new technologies and techniques, plan operations, build alliances to unite the planet-- or simply destroy your rivals. It's up to you to save the planet and rebuild civilization, but there may be much more to the alien threat than meets the eye.

Mutating Alien Menace: Face down an ever-changing alien threat that adapts to your tactics and offers no respite even as your team becomes more powerful and technologically advanced.

Uncover the Secrets of the Pandoravirus: Phoenix Point features a complex narrative, with multiple endings that the player can only uncover via multiple playthroughs. Discover a secret history, as you learn about the origins of the mutants, the Pandoravirus, and Phoenix Point itself through exploration, diplomacy, and research.

Manage Diplomatic Relations: The Phoenix Project is not the only organization trying to reclaim the Earth. The militaristic New Jericho, the mystical Disciples of Anu, and the technophiles of Synedrion all offer unique rewards for co-operation and threats for opposition. It is up to you to decide how, or even if, to deal with them.

Take Aim on the Battlefield: In addition to equipping and commanding units, Phoenix Point lets you take direct control of your soldier's shots in combat, with a unique free-aiming system. Target enemy weakspots, weapons, or valuables, or just go for center mass.

Next-Gen Tech with Classic Pedigree: Phoenix Point was designed by Julian Gollop, the creator of the X-COM series in the 1990s. Keeping the core ethos of X-COM while updating the visuals, technology, and systems to modern standards has made Phoenix Point best-in-class.