Foil Cold War conspiracies in the tactical RPG Phantom Doctrine

Matt Sayer 23 August 2017 NEWS


The next turn-based RPG from the developer of Hard West will see you managing your own counterintelligence agency.

Good Shepherd Entertainment, the publisher formerly known as Gambitious, has dropped a seriously trippy trailer today to accompany the announcement of the latest game from Hard West developer CreativeForge Games.

Titled Phantom Doctrine, the turn-based RPG depicts an alternate history of 1983, with the Cold War raging and shadow organisations turning world leaders against each other in an attempt to control the world.

Rather than showing off Phantom Doctrine with flashy cinematic or gameplay footage, Good Shepherd has put together a gloriously schlocky FMV short filled with secret agents, conspiracy and plenty of bloody betrayal. It's a must watch:

As fantastic as the trailer is, the game itself sounds promising, too. Taking the turn-based combat from Hard West, Phantom Doctrine adds in a larger strategic layer where you're building up your own counterintelligence agency by recruiting KGB and CIA agents as well as devious criminals.

With stealthy disguises, fake identities and experimental Cold War technology on offer, Phantom Doctrine has us very intrigued. We'll be keeping a close eye on it as it approaches release.

Phantom Doctrine will be coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC in 2018.

In other Gamescom news, THQ Nordic is combining kung fu combat and shape-shifting animals in the upcoming BioMutant, and the slick sci-fi shooter RUINER finally got a release date.


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