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KickStarter Phoenix Point - the new game from X-COM creator Julian Gollop

Discussion in 'Tactical Gaming' started by Infinitron, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. Taka-Haradin puolipeikko Prestigious Gentleman Filthy Kalinite Patron

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    Codex 2016 - The Age of Grimoire Make the Codex Great Again! Grab the Codex by the pussy Bubbles In Memoria
    You mean balance patch of that.
     
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  2. Endemic Arcane

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    Guess I'll get this next year on the inevitable 50% discount. :P
     
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  3. ArchAngel Arcane Sad Loser

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    https://www.pcgamesn.com/phoenix-point/dlc-4-acheron-first-look

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    Phoenix Point’s Corrupted Horizons DLC adds the bioengineered Acheron creature
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    Phoenix Point’s next DLC, Corrupted Horizons, is due out in October, and it’s adding some game-changing new units to the XCOM-style strategy game. We’ve gotten a first look at one of them, the Acheron, and it’s another mean-looking Pandoran threat that’s going to force you to reconsider your tactics on the battlefield.

    Acherons are large, four-legged creatures that have been developed by one of Phoenix Point’s human factions – although exactly which one is responsible for the monstrosity is unclear. Whatever its provenance, the Acheron is a heavy-duty support unit that can not only call in Pandoran reinforcements, it can also reanimate dead Pandoran units you’ve already dealt with.

    The Acheron’s main role, however, ties into a new game mechanic Corrupted Horizons will be introducing to Phoenix Point. The creatures can spread corruption, a miasma that saps soldiers of their will to continue the fight. You’ll have to capture and research an Acheron as part of the fourth DLC’s story arc in order to uncover the means to fight back against corruption – but even when you do, it’ll still present a threat during battle.


    Snapshot Games tells us that the Acheron’s design was inspired by the alien harvesters featured in H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds.

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    “While the big factions (Phoenix, New Jericho, Synedrion, and the Disciples of Anu) aim to restore the world and save humanity in their own way, there are a lot of smaller factions with other motives,” the developers tell us. “The Pure and the creators of the Acheron are examples of such factions, and the Acheron is an example of what happens when things go wrong.”

    Have a peek at how things have gone wrong in the trailer:

    The Acheron will be a menace when you end up facing it in tactical battles – it can leap across the map, spread corruption, and release pepper clouds that reduce the accuracy of your weapons. It can also heal allies and, as mentioned before, resurrect corpses and call for backup.

    You’ll be able to set your sights on the Acheron when the Corrupted Horizons DLC launches October 1. There’s more coming with the DLC, too – including a new soldier type that Snapshot Games hasn’t yet revealed.

     
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  4. razvedchiki Erudite Sad Loser

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    lol 1 new enemy with prexisting mechanics counts as "dlc":lol::lol::lol:
     
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  5. Parabalus Arcane

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    The fine print says there's also a new class.
     
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  6. ArchAngel Arcane Sad Loser

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    New enemy has almost zero preexisting mechanics. It has a bunch of new ones. They probably went a bit overboard and gave him too many new mechanics all put into one enemy.
     
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  7. razvedchiki Erudite Sad Loser

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    banshee screech = panic.
     
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  8. ArchAngel Arcane Sad Loser

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    They don't have banshee screech.
     
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  9. PanteraNera Cipher

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    Oh, a new PP DLC, I wonder what ... uhm ... maybe? Uh ... oh .... oh ... okay
    :backawayslowly:
     
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  10. Shog-goth Elder Thing Patron

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    You always know where to look to find a worthy successor to X-COM: away.
     
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  11. daveyarsegallant Magister Wumao

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    I played some of this before the DLC came out and thought it was rather boring. Did it get better?
     
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  12. Iluvcheezcake Liturgist

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    No
     
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  13. ArchAngel Arcane Sad Loser

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    Depends on what parts you found boring.
     
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  14. ArchAngel Arcane Sad Loser

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    Well upcoming changes I knew about for a while are finally out:
    https://phoenixpoint.info/blog/2021/9/17/upcoming-hypnos-update

    This is in addition to all the DLC4 content that is shaping up to be their best DLC so far:
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    UPCOMING HYPNOS UPDATE CHANGES FACTION DIPLOMACY, RESEARCH AND MORE!
    October 1st is an exciting day for Phoenix Point as we release Behemoth Edition for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and DLC 4: Corrupted Horizons for all platforms… but we have another fun update for all PC players also arriving on October 1st: “Hypnos.”

    Hypnos is our next free content update for PC players that focuses on diplomatic changes to make Phoenix Point more nuanced, Quality-of-Life improvements requested by the community, and some other additions we feel fans will enjoy. Console players will receive the Hypnos update in late October after the Behemoth Edition release, and moving forward, we aim to have all our free updates be synced across all platforms.

    With Hypnos, players will see a shift in how they tackle the geoscape, as we introduce more strategic decision-making around whom to work with throughout the campaign for rewards, alongside harsher diplomatic penalties when ignoring threats or engaging in hostile actions against factions.

    Revealed Pandoran colonies that are left unchecked will negatively affect faction havens in their operating range, giving the player a tougher choice as to when to deal with it or continue to suffer the diplomatic repercussions. These penalties will continue to accrue over time, meaning the longer the alien base is operational, the more the affected factions will start to turn on Phoenix. Of course, at any time, players can eliminate the colony, gaining a diplomatic reward for doing so, which now includes a bonus for those factions that were threatened.


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    Faction technology rewards are also being re-worked to keep research more meaningful throughout the mid/late game. Now, players will unlock research access at earlier and multiple diplomatic levels with a faction, but that tech will only come partially researched and will need to be completed by Phoenix in order to be leveraged. This helps emphasize managing faction relations if the player wants access to their knowledge… which leads us to the big one: hostile faction actions.

    We’re introducing bigger diplomatic penalties when players choose to engage in hostile actions against factions; the better the terms with a faction, the more immediate and severe the consequences for that ‘bad behavior’ will be. In addition to harsher and significantly more impactful penalties for these actions, players can also expect some changes in how faction alert levels will increase. To start, when players choose to Raid, Sabotage, Steal Research, or Steal Aircraft against a faction, all of that faction’s havens will raise in alert level. Once that alert level reaches 3 “High,” the player can no longer engage in a hostile faction mission and must wait a certain period of time for the Alert level to drop. Additionally, the diplomatic penalty will impact the players’ ability to gain access to shared research and faction missions, taking much longer to earn back the goodwill required to reach those levels.

    More so, we’re making some key changes to Steal Research on both the geoscape and tactical level to better equalize the “risk/reward” of it all. Faction havens with research zones will have specific research assigned to them once a player has visited. This gives more visibility into what the reward may be, if opting to engage in some technology theft. But on the Tactical level, Phoenix must now hack one of the consoles available, with the hacking operative unable to perform any other actions for 2 turns while hacking. This can be canceled if things turn sour, but the hacking will start from scratch. Upon completing the hack, players will also need to extract from the mission, making it not an easy task to swoop in and vanish.


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    Beyond the diplomatic changes to the game, we are also introducing a new way to bolster your ranks with the possibility of recruiting soldiers after Haven Defense/Infested Haven missions. After a successful mission, there’s a chance that one of the surviving defenders will join Phoenix, provided the player has a positive relationship with the faction and the available space via Living Quarters. This recruitment chance is affected by difficulty level, with a much higher rate than Legend, for example, but this should encourage keeping some of these defenders alive versus merely using them as cannon fodder, you cruel strategists!

    Outside of some bug fixes, some additional features players can expect with this update, include:

    • To help speed up income generation around ancient site resources in Legacy of the Ancients, these sites can generate passive income, earning resources for each working Archaeology lab. For example, having 1 Archaeology Lab and 2 Living Crystal Quarries will generate 2 Crystals each day. Having 2 Archaeology Labs generates 4 Crystals per day.

    • Now within the game settings, you can select whether you want aircraft to auto unpause (set by default), never auto unpause for more control, auto unpause only when one aircraft is in control, or auto unpause only when all aircraft are traveling.

    • A new cinematic library is available via the main menu so players can rewatch any unlocked cinematics and never miss a chance to view their favorite moments.

    • A balance adjustment where players can remove Mark of the Void by disabling the eyes of the Yuggothian Entity. If you don’t know what this means, don’t worry about it… yet!
    Hypnos will be available for our PC players on October 1st, alongside DLC 4: Corrupted Horizons and we look forward to hearing from you about these changes to the game. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players, look for these Hypnos updates in late October. And stay tuned next week as we reveal more DLC 4 details on the new type of soldier coming to the game…


    Most of these changes are based on us in Community Council complaining about problems on how it worked so far and proposing improvements. I am especially proud of them finally implementing ability to turn off auto pause when managing aircraft, I was bugging them about implementing this since I joined the CC.
     
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  15. geno Learned

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    UI/UX overhaul when.
     
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  16. ArchAngel Arcane Sad Loser

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    Maybe next game.
     
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  17. Taka-Haradin puolipeikko Prestigious Gentleman Filthy Kalinite Patron

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    Codex 2016 - The Age of Grimoire Make the Codex Great Again! Grab the Codex by the pussy Bubbles In Memoria
    Any leaks about that?
     
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  18. ArchAngel Arcane Sad Loser

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    We were not told anything yet, not even that there will be PP2. Only thing we know is that they are working on some things.
     
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  19. ArchAngel Arcane Sad Loser

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    https://phoenixpoint.info/blog/2021/9/21/new-soldier-type-incoming-in-dlc-4-the-mutoid
     
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  20. ArchAngel Arcane Sad Loser

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    I guess since they now revealed details about Mutoids I can speak about them. If anyone got more questions about them I can answer them.
     
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  21. lightbane Arcane

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    They look like the inbred cousin of the sectoid hybrids of Nu-XCOM 2.
     
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  22. geno Learned

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    Can a mutoid and a human crossbreed?
     
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  23. Alienman Arcane Patron

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    Thought we already had mutons by recruiting from the church. When I have played I have usually tried to remain human, so not sure if I'm going to use this personally.
     
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  24. ricolikesrice Arcane

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    Can they wear helmets and if not are there different heads to choose from? Cant say i like their looks
     
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  25. ArchAngel Arcane Sad Loser

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    No and no.
    Wait until you see their head in motion, very horror like
     
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