Over on PhantomDusted, the fansite dedicated to the classic Microsoft title Phantom Dust and its Xbox One/Windows 10 re-release, Microsoft Studios Publishing creative director Adam Isgreen outlined the game's current state and future updates. Isgreen said the game has reached a significant milestone, one much higher than the original's 50,000 or so copies sold in North America.
"On behalf of Microsoft and Code Mystics, we’d just like to say thank you to the over one million players out there that have checked the game out – this blows away the original numbers of players the game had when first released, and we couldn’t be happier with the level of exposure that it has received," wrote Isgreen.
The re-release will be getting all 74 new skills that were added to the original game via expansion this Wednesday. Previously, players had to earn those skills piecemeal, getting one random skill every 30 multiplayer matches. Microsoft has instead added a daily skill reward system to the game.
"All you have to do is sign in to one of your save profiles in the game (going to the LIVE menu will also trigger it), and you’re rewarded with a free specific skill for that day. There’s also a bonus skill you can earn every week if you play at least 4 days in each week. You’ll see a pop-up telling you what you earned and how many more days you need to play to earn the bonus skill," said Isgreen.
"Since there’s 74 skills to give out, one a day, it will take ~11 weeks to get all the skills for free. Each week focuses on a specific school, with a final week handing out the skills that were in the bonus category originally," he said. "Once we’ve cycled through all the skills, the set will repeat, so if you missed one earlier, you will always have a change to get it again when it comes around. Don’t forget you can also trade someone for them! Of course, we’ve not taken out the original way to earn the expansion skills, so you’ll also earn a random skill every 30 games played."
Players can pay $4.99 to get 3 copies of all the expansion skills immediately.
The update will also add in-game voice chat back into Phantom Dust and an NPC mission guide that will point players towards the next mission. There are also a host of other changes and fixes to the game.
Hopefully, Microsoft will rethink a complete reboot for the series. More likely, they'll continue patch the re-release and call it a day.