Phantom Dust Free-to-Play Relaunches Today Supporting Cross-Play

Posted on 16 May 2017 by
Kyle Johnson

A surprise announcement from Aaron Greenberg, head of Xbox Games Marketing, revealed that action/strategy game Phantom Dust will be released sometime today.

With a lengthy development cycle for the remaster of the 2004 original, Phantom Dust was canceled at least once before, leading to the bankruptcy of one Darkside Studios. The second remaster was revealed last year at E3 2016, and was slated to be released sometime this year. Still, the surprise announcement and release marks a stunning change for the series, which previously saw limited success despite positive reviews.

Now, Phantom Dust is seeing life as a Free-to-Play title, and will support matching between Xbox One players and Windows 10 players, as well as using the “Play Anywhere” program. With card-collecting elements taking a role in Phantom Dust, Microsoft plans on supporting its longevity with purchasable card packs, though we’ll have to see just how useful those packs will be in the near future.

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