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One of the sleeper hits from the OG Xbox days was a little game called Phantom Dust. The game was designed by Microsoft Game Studios, and was aimed at the Japanese gaming audience. Well, more than a decade removed from the original release, it looks like Phantom Dust is not dead, and could be returning soon.
The image above was shared on Twitter by Phil Spencer, the head honcho over the Xbox brand at Microsoft.
The image simply shows the main character from the original Phantom Dust in a room, standing around while a mini- map is on display at the bottom of the screen, and a torn-up facility can be seen in the background.
The image comes from the very first level and first chapter from Phantom Dust called "The Man With Amnesia". The player character awakens in a facility with another character, both of whom have no idea who they are or why they're there.
Phantom Dust wasn't a pushover game, though. It featured some really cool physics-based combat and destructible arena environments. The actual gameplay was similar to duel-based games like Gunz: The Duel, where players would face off against enemies in arena-style match-ups.
There was a single-player campaign mode and a multiplayer deathmatch mode. They allowed players to customize their abilities and take them into battle where melee and projectile-based attacks could be used against opponents.
It was an interesting design for a game back in the day, because other studios weren't really doing anything like it at the time. The closest thing to that style of play was the third-person psionic shooter, Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy. There was a reboot for Phantom Dust planned for Xbox One, but it was apparently canned.
A lot of gamers who missed out on the original release of Phantom Dust will get an opportunity to play the game again now that it's being seemingly remastered for the Xbox One. According to Phil Spencer, he's been playing the game on his Xbox One, and earlier this year revealed that the game should arrive on the Xbox One before E3 2017, as reported by Game Informer.
For now it appears the game is locked at running at 30fps, but we'll see if they plan on boosting the frames when it gets closer to release. If the game doesn't release by May, I suspect it may be part of a line-up of games that Microsoft will announce for the Xbox One and Xbox Scorpio at this year's E3. For now we have to sit back and sit tight as we wait for more news on on this classic being revived for the Xbox One.