Julian Gollop’s latest game is facing a rather unusual challenge: existing within two separate legacies, and needing to satisfy both at once. There’s the one that goes back a quarter of a century, to 1994’s UFO: Enemy Unknown (commonly known as X-COM, its US title), and the much more recent lineage spawned by Firaxis’ 2012 XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The two might share a name, but they have distinct audiences, each with their own demands - as Gollop, whose Snapshot Games has funded Phoenix Point’s production through a mix of crowdfunding and early-access preorders, is all too aware. Save up to 55% on an Edge Magazine subscriptionThis feature is taken from Edge magazine and you can save up to 55% on a print and digital subscription“There are basically two groups in our backers. There are those who want something more like the original X-COM but spruced up,” he says. “The other camp is people who want [things to work like] the Firaxis XCOM. … [Read more...] about Phoenix Point and the 25-year-journey to create a spiritual sequel to legendary strategy game X-COM
Epic says that for its store to compete with Steam, it needs games Steam doesn't have. To that end, the Fortnite megacorp has been making year-long Epic Games Store exclusivity deals, most recently with The Outer Worlds and Control. That has predictably irritated many PC gamers who are used to Steam and don't want to switch to a different launcher for different games. (Though that's already commonplace on account of Origin, Battle.net, and so on.)But is Epic's strategy more than just an inconvenience? Is it actually detrimental to PC gaming as a whole? That's the topic of our mid-week PCG Q&A. Our answers are below, and feel free to add yours in the comments (while sticking to our commenting rules).Samuel Roberts: Who is it better for? I don't actively think they're bad, nor does the idea of them keep me up at night. I even speculate if Epic's approach has allowed previously console-only games to make the leap to PC, as is the case with the Quantic Dream games and Journey … [Read more...] about Are store exclusives bad for PC gaming?
Phoenix Point developer Snapshot Games has received criticism from customers over its decision to release the game as an Epic Store exclusive for 12 months. Since the announcement earlier this week, some of the game’s crowdfunding backers have been complaining about the new storefront. The front page of the game’s subreddit is currently full of complaints regarding either the financial rewards attached to the move – said to have netted Snapshot as much as $2 million (£1.5 million) – or the Epic Games Store itself. Many users also state that they’ll be requesting refunds of the game, and others have discussed withdrawing their crowdfunding support. Snapshot’s announcement video, which features creative director Julian Gollop explaining the company’s decision, has now been unlisted, but still boasts more than 5,000 dislikes compared to just 419 likes. The comments below that video, which you can check out for yourself below, are also almost … [Read more...] about Julian Gollop is “truly sorry” to fans upset by Phoenix Point’s Epic Games store release
X-Com creator Julian Gollop has announced Phoenix Point will be an Epic Games Store exclusive for one year. Phoenix Point, the upcoming title from the creator of the original X-COM series, will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store upon release, and for its first year of availability. The news was announced by Gollop today on the game’s official website. According to Gollop, the exclusivity deal will allow Snapshot Games “to update and expand”the game for years to come. He also announced those who backed the game on Fig or who pre-ordered it through today will receive a year of free DLC. “That’s right – every piece of paid DLC we release during our first year will be automatically added to your Epic Store account when you redeem your key,” he said. “We recognize that some of you may have backed or pre-ordered with an expectation of the platform you’d be able to play it on, and that this update changes that. “If for any reason … [Read more...] about Phoenix Point will be an Epic Games Store exclusive for one year
By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 1 March 2018 15:29 GMT Seven playable games have been added to EGX Rezzed 2018, which takes place in April. Those who attend EGX Rezzed 2018 will be able to play plenty of titles, seven of which were announced today. The highly-anticipated Warhammer: Vermintide 2, which is currently in beta for those who pre-ordered, will be on-hand. Another playable game is Julian Gollop’s Phoenix Point, the open world, turn-based strategy title from the XCOM creator’s Snapshot Games. Five other playable titles were announced today: The Adventure Pals, Space Cows, Ava Airborne, Steel Rats, and Shift Quantum. EGX Rezzed is a smaller event compared to EGX, with a strong focus on indie titles. It features many of the same attractions as EGX such as playable, pre-release games on both PC and console, developer sessions by well known game designers and the opportunity to chat with developers on the show floor. EGZ Rezzed 2018 takes place April … [Read more...] about Warhammer: Vermintide 2, Julian Gollop’s Phoenix Point, other games playable at EGX Rezzed 2018