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X-COM series getting a successor

Published: 10:27, 26 April 2017
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Phoenix Point

Julian Gollop and his team are hard at work developing a new game with turn-based tactics. Phoenix Point is currently being crowdfunded over on Fig, and its well on its way to the goal sum of £389.950.

Julian Gollop, the creator of the original X-COM series is returning to his roots. After directing Assassin's Creed III: Liberation and designing Chaos Reborn, he is once again visiting the concept of crowdfunding and turn based games.

This time on Fig, the X-COM creator is funding his latest endeavour to make a successor to his magnum opus. Phoenix Point's story begins in the near future (2022) when the Pandoravirus is unleashed after permafrost had melted. The virus goes on to ravage the Earth's seas and oceans. The human kind takes refuge in the skies and now the battle is on for the control of the land.

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The most interesting new feature are the "evolving aliens", meaning that the sea creatures affected by the virus who spend enough time on dry land will begin to develop some traits reserved for animals and humans. Also, filling the role of morally grey area, is the option to mutate your own soldiers to better the chances of winning this ultimate turf war.

Human factions will be divided (because we can never be a united force aimed at the survival of the race) into The Disciples of Anu, New Jericho and Synedrion. Each faction, of course, has a distinct belief system and their own unique cause. The Disciples of Anu are led by a high priest and worship an alien God. They perform a ritual which entails "subjugating followers to alien mutation.".

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New Jericho is a military group with a veteran ex billionaire leading the way to victory through brute force. Synedrion are a bunch of radical nerds with the best technology who think that they can "create a new and better civilization from the ruins of the old".

has already raised around £233.693 at the time of writing, and it's half-way there to the end goal of $500.000 or £389.950. Phoenix Point will be available sometime in the late 2018. Steam and GOG will offer the game on their virtual shelves once it's out.

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