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e3 2014

Phantom Dust Reboot Coming To Xbox One [Trailer Added]

by Jeff Cork on Jun 09, 2014 at 08:08 AM

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When Ken Lobb took the stage at Microsoft's E3 press conference, he was flanked by Killer Instinct logos. With the earlier reveal of TJ Combo returning to the series, I thought he'd be focusing more on the upcoming second season for Killer Instinct. Instead, he revealed that Microsoft was reviving one of Xbox's oldest cult hits.

The CCG/action-game hybrid Phantom Dust is getting a reboot, and the news broke via a CG trailer. The original game was released a decade ago. It allowed players to build decks of cards, representing attacks and other moves, which could then be pulled into battles in a post-apocalyptic world. 

I spoke with the original game's lead Yukio Futatsugi last year when he was preparing to release Crimson Dragon, the spiritual successor to his Panzer Dragoon series. He said that Phantom Dust remained a personal favorite of his and that bringing it back would be difficult, but that he was prepared to do so.

"I'm going to say to them that I'm 100-percent certain that I want to make another Phantom Dust," Futatsugi said. "The Phantom Dust team itself got separated, but the art director of the game and also the game design lead of the game work at my company, Grounding, and also the programming lead is working as a freelancer. Right now he's saying, 'If you're going to make Phantom Dust, just call me and I'll be there.' I'm going to be able to gather the real, core team together. So we are ready."

We'll have more information on the game later this week.