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Simultaneous turn-based tactical mech combat RPG Phantom Brigade now available on Early Access

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Simultaneous turn-based tactical mech combat RPG Phantom Brigade now available on Early Access

Game News - posted by Infinitron on Tue 17 November 2020, 00:27:13

Tags: Brace Yourself Games; Phantom Brigade

Back in 2018 we reported about Phantom Brigade, a promising-looking tactical mech combat RPG in development at Vancouver-based indie studio Brace Yourself Games. There hasn't been a whole lot of news about the game since then, with the developers seemingly focusing most of their efforts on their other game Industries of Titan, but last year two important things happened. First, the game switched from turn-based combat to a Frozen Synapse-style simultaneous turn-based hybrid system. Second, they announced that it would be releasing on Early Access in 2020, exclusively on the Epic Games Store. The game was finally released today, nearly a year and a half later. In addition to the launch trailer, Brace Yourself released a developer walkthrough video last week that offers a good look at its fancy combat engine. I'll post those here along with an excerpt from the Early Access FAQ:



WHAT IS PHANTOM BRIGADE?
Phantom Brigade is a hybrid real-time and turn-based tactical RPG, focusing on in-depth customization and player-driven stories. As the last surviving squad of mech pilots, you must use your advantage of prediction technology to capture enemy equipment and facilities to level the playing field. Outnumbered and out-gunned, we need you to lead the Brigade through a desperate campaign to retake their war-torn homeland.

WHAT IS EARLY ACCESS?

Early Access is a period in which players can purchase Phantom Brigade early if they would like to support development, help shape its future, or simply experience the game before 1.0. During this time we’ll continue to add features, balance the game based on player feedback and further polish the game.

WHY EARLY ACCESS?

Early Access allows us to get your feedback as early as possible so we can make Phantom Brigade the best game it can be. We’re bursting with ideas and want you to help us shape the future of the game.

HOW LONG WILL THE GAME BE IN EARLY ACCESS?

We are currently planning on having Early Access for at least a year. However, this could change if we feel like the game is not ready for a full 1.0 launch.

HOW IS THE FULL VERSION PLANNED TO DIFFER FROM THE EARLY ACCESS VERSION?

The full version will have additional features, more content, better game balance, cinematic tools, and improved mod support.

HOW OFTEN WILL YOU BE UPDATING PHANTOM?

Phantom Brigade will see one major update to the game per month, similar to our other project Industries of Titan. Phantom Brigade major releases should land on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. The Experimental branch of Phantom Brigade will likely see an update a week at least as we roll out our new features for testing.
The Phantom Brigade Early Access build is available on the Epic Games Store for $30. No Game Pass workaround for this one, I'm afraid. At least the final release will be on Steam, although if other games that have done this are any example, it wouldn't surprise me if it's still in Early Access when it arrives there.

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