Phantom Dust was a huge surprise announcement back at E3 2014, but since then the project has seen nothing but trouble. This eventually led to the cancellation of the complete remake of the cult classic title, but a remaster was promised to arrive some time this year. Fans waited in anticipation, but no firm release date has been announced, but according to Phil Spencer Phantom Dust’s Xbox One release will come before E3 2017.
That puts the game coming out in just the next few months, with E3 2017 scheduled for mid-June. It’s an interesting choice, since Microsoft might want to use the game in their E3 press conference in some capacity, but maybe they’ve decided that Phantom Dust just isn’t as big a release as it could have been, back before the original project’s cancellation.
Phantom Dust first released on the original Xbox back in 2005 in the US. It wasn’t a massive hit by any means, but has since developed a cult following. Microsoft seemed to latch onto the title as a big Xbox exclusive franchise, using it as promotion during E3 and other conferences. Still, the project’s troubles definitely left some soured, and was just one of many such problems at Microsoft Studios. Switching gears more toward a remastering should help get the game out soon though, so the pre-E3 release date makes sense from a development standpoint.
Phantom Dust will also be an Xbox Play Anywhere title, so those with a Windows 10 PC can also play the game. This, along with the graphical improvements being made, should give the game a much more robust community, and a larger audience than the first ever achieved. Online multiplayer has also been improved, so that aspect should help as well.
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- This article was updated on:February 27th, 2018