When a remaster of the 2004 action strategy game Phantom Dust was announced at E3 last year, it was a bit surprising given that the game only sold about 80,000 copies in North America for the Xbox since launch. But it was released last month, and has surpassed all expectations.
In a announcement about the game's second update, Microsoft Creative Director Adam Isgreen revealed that the game has been a huge success. "We’re all ready to go on the 2nd update for Phantom Dust, and 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," he said via fan site Phantom Dusted. "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."
The free-to-play game's second update launches today, adding in-game voice chat and an NPC mission guide. Other changes:
- Optimized performance options
- Updated Quick Match behavior to handle full lobbies more gracefully
- Resolved screen orientation issue that was present on some devices
- Fixed a bug on PC where title performance would dip on some systems when the VSync toggle option is set to off
- Fixed a bug where the active user can be changed without returning to the Phantom Dust title screen after a prompted sign in following a sign out from the main menu
- Fixed a bug where the cursor navigation inputs remain permanently active when a gamepad is disconnected while a cursor navigation input is held
Since launch in May, the game has added more than 70 new skills.