Phantom Dust Remaster Racks Up More Than 1 Million Players

That's more than the original game ... much more.

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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.

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    June 28, 2017 9:10 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Phantom Dust Remaster Racks Up More Than 1 Million Players

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      June 28, 2017 9:26 AM

      Wow.

      Remastering it and turning it f2p was a brilliant idea. Glad it's grabbed a new audience.

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        June 28, 2017 10:29 AM

        with this reminder, I am actually going to go ahead and try it :)

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      June 28, 2017 11:12 AM

      Is this going to be on Steam, or is it going to stay on the xbox store thing.

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      June 28, 2017 1:48 PM

      Just remember Xbox is a dead system.....

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      June 28, 2017 2:18 PM

      Ahh that was such a straightforwardly fun game- i think the cool worldbuilding (lolspoilers) plot and art maybe hid the fact that it was a fun MP battle arena game. And I guess it was kinda late in the XB1s life?

      I'm so happy it's getting a resurrection. Needs to be on steam though, I can't quite bring myself to buy a xboner just for that one game.

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        June 28, 2017 2:48 PM

        It's for PC too, but only through the Windows store

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      June 28, 2017 3:03 PM

      Wow what good for them