Remember back in 2014
when Microsoft announced Phantom Dust
at their E3 conference? Quite a few dedicated fans were overjoyed. Quite a few more were probably very confused, since the game only ever released in Japan and America right before the hype juggernaut called Halo 2
quickly crushed it. A little more than a year ago, Microsoft closed the studio that was developing the game and rumors flooded in that the game was cancelled
. At the time, Microsoft only said it was simply not in active development.
As it turns out, the game is still not alive. Instead, Microsoft will be creating a remaster of the original Xbox hit. The difference? The E3 2014 version was a remake that undoubtedly would have made some changes. This is a remaster - it's not being developed from the ground up.
So what is Phantom Dust
? It was an action card game. You played in third-person real-time combat casting various spells. Those spells would come from cards which, in turn, would come from a deck that you set up before the match. The tactical nuances were rather deep as you had to decide what spells were worth having in your deck in the first place, and then had to react to what you actually drew all while dueling your opponent on a variety of stages. The game had a fairly positive reception
at the time.
If you're interested, take a look at the trailer below to see the upgraded visuals for the new game.
is currently set for release in 2017 for Xbox One. It will be a part of the Play Anywhere program.