Phoenix Point

Phoenix Point is an upcoming turn-based action strategy game currently developed by Snapshot Games which dated to be released on September 2019. The game is intended to be the spiritual successor of the X-COM series of games that were previously developed by the studio head Julian Gallop. This game is the second project created by the studio whose first game Chaos Reborn was released in 2015.

An overview of the game

The game is set in the year 2047 where the earth is experiencing an alien invasion from Lovecraftian-like creatures that are here to wipe out all humanity from the face of the earth. The game starts on a lone-base known as Phoenix Point where players are subjected to a mix of strategic and tactical challenges as they try to make their team survive. In between the battle between the players and the aliens, the aliens will evolve based on the tactics used by the players to present a new set of challenges. Apart from the aliens, the players will also face multiple groups of human enemies who are trying to survive and fight for resources in a post-apocalyptic world.  Depending upon how players complete these challenges, the game has multiple endings.

Inspired from the gameplay of X-COM, the players experience an open world global strategy gameplay in which AI-controlled human factions and aliens fight for control of the planet. The game generates various environmental and character elements procedurally and features emergent gameplay like Crusader Kings II. The representation of the combat system is similar to the X-COM series and the game also draws inspiration from Fallout in the ways players can target specific body parts of their enemies. While the multiplayer option is being planned upon, the game currently features only a single-player option. The procedural gameplay provides ever-evolving challenges and enemies to fight. There are two stages of aliens as they are generated. The first stage draws from a preset pool of body parts depending upon the area of the battle and available resources. The second stage changes the shape and size of these hybrid aliens. For example, an alien in Africa will combine parts from lions and humans to present sphinx-like creatures. Any kind of biological or technological materials found by the aliens will be drawn and recombined to create various kinds of enemies.

The setting of the game

The story begins in the year 2022 when scientists discover a new kind of virus in permafrost. As the virus begins to melt, scientists discover that whatever comes in contact with this virus became transformed into hideous mutants. By the late 2020s, the world begins to face a global crisis as the virus begins to spread into the world’s oceans due to the melting of the polar icecaps.

The oceans begin to get transformed and an alien mist rises from the waters changing everything that it comes in contact with on land. The virus, named Pandovirus contains a hive mind and all the mutants work towards the single goal of world domination.

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