Those who were hoping to acquire Phoenix Point without needing to use the Epic Games Store will be disappointed to learn that the game is been delayed on both the Microsoft Store and on Game Pass.
Phoenix Point is a spiritual successor to the X-COM series. The game was initially funded on the Fig crowdfunding platform, where it received over seven hundred thousand dollars from backers. The Phoenix Point project would go on to receive a further two million dollars as part of an Epic Games Store exclusivity deal, which resulted in a backlash from fans who wanted to own the game on Steam. The Epic exclusivity deal didn’t extend to Microsoft, as Phoenix Point was expected to launch on the Microsoft Store and Game Pass for PC on the same day as it was available on the Epic Games Store. The release date for Phoenix Point has come and gone and the game is only available on the Epic Games Store.
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It seems that the Microsoft fans will have to wait a little longer to play Phoenix Point, as the release of the game on those platforms has been delayed. Snapshot Games has released a statement on the forums of their website explaining that the reason for the delay was their fault.
The fact is we dropped the ball. We were exceedingly busy getting the game itself ready, and being inexperienced with Game Pass and the Microsoft Store, we simply had not properly prepared the groundwork to get the game released on time on these platforms. Compared to other platforms we’re on these platforms require a number of pre-requisites, from Microsoft certification to legal documentation review. While these are now mostly complete, they have given rise to a number of new delays.
Specifically, we are currently unable to make the same content available on Microsoft’s platform that is available to players on other platforms. Since we want to make sure all players have access to all versions of Phoenix Point regardless of where they choose to play, we need to get this working before we can release.
This issue was not anticipated by us and has caused unexpected delay over and above our delay waiting for certification. We had hoped to have Game Pass players, at least, up and running today, but it now seems like there will be further delays. We do not have an ETA for Phoenix Point on Game Pass or the Windows Store yet. Please know we are working as hard and as quickly as possible with our partners at Microsoft to resolve these issues and will keep you informed.
Phoenix Point shipped with a number of bugs and technical issues, so it’s possible that Microsoft is holding off on allowing the game on its platforms until the most serious of these have been addressed.
Game Pass has become one of the best deals in gaming and a lot of fans were excited at the prospect of Phoenix Point appearing on it, as Game Pass is easily the cheapest way to play Phoenix Point at launch. The delay and lack of a concrete release date for Phoenix Point on Microsoft platforms is a major blow to the game, considering how many fans complained about the Epic exclusivity deal and are holding off until it’s released elsewhere.
Phoenix Point is available to purchase now on the Epic Games Store.
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