Publisher Good Shepherd Entertainment just dropped a “cinematic release date trailer” for Phantom Doctrine. Not only is it cinematic, but gives us a release date: August 14.
Phantom Doctrine is a turn-based strategy game with obvious inspiration from games like XCOM. But instead of managing an extraterrestrial defense agency, you’ll be running a rogue intelligence agency. Cover-based shootouts and counterintelligence ops form the bread and butter of this game.
According to a press release, Phantom Doctrine will launch with a 40-hour main story where players can take on the role of either an ex-CIA agent, a former KGB operative or an Israeli Mossad agent. It’s set in 1983, when the Cold War reaches icy new depths. So goes the press release:
“As leader of a secret organization known only as The Cabal, you are charged with preventing a global conspiracy that seeks to pit leader against leader, and nation against nation. By carrying out secret missions, investigating classified files, and interrogating enemy agents, a sinister plot is uncovered. With the clock ticking, it must be thwarted in order to save the world from an unthinkable fate.”
The campaign sees you managing your agency from an investigation corkboard and sending agents on turn-based operations of the covert or combative nature. There’ll also be a 1v1 multiplayer mode and new game plus feature that unlocks additional story content, because what is a spy game without hidden layers? We'll see how this combination of espionage milieu and strategy gameplay comes together next month.
Phantom Doctrine is coming August 14 to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC with a $39.99 price tag. No word yet on what the regional pricing will be for PH gamers on PCs.