Snapshot Games 'Dropped the Ball' on Phoenix Point Xbox Game Pass launch

12/06/2019 - 11:00 | By: Robert N. Adams
Developer
Snapshot Games
Publisher
Snapshot Games
Release Date
December 3, 2019
Genre
Strategy
Platforms
Mac, PC
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Certification and Legal Paperwork Caused Delays

Some of you out there may be wondering where the Phoenix Point Xbox Game Pass release is. To put it simply: the devs ran out of time.

If you're unfamiliar with Phoenix Point, it's basically like the X-COM franchise but with shiny, upgraded graphics, a somewhat different story, and a few other changes. It recently release on the Epic Games Store and was supposed to soon be followed by a version on Xbox Game Pass and the Microsoft Store.

Regrettably, it seems that those Microsoft versions never materialized — and the main reason why is due to the developers.

Phoenix Point Xbox Game Pass

 
 

The Reasons Behind the Phoenix Point Xbox Game Pass Delay

Simply put, the reason behind the delay is that the developers didn't give themselves enough wiggle room on the matter. They basically said as much in their forum post on the subject.

We know that some of you are waiting for our release on Microsoft Xbox Game Pass for PC and the Microsoft Windows Store. We want to update you on the status of that.

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.

The post goes on to say that they aren't yet able to make the content from other platforms available on Microsoft's platforms just yet. What's worse, they can't even provide an ETA as to the Phoenix Point Xbox Game Pass release or its launch on the Windows Store. You can find out more details by reading their forum post on this topic.

For now, you can enjoy Phoenix Point by picking it up at the Epic Games Store for $39.99 or your regional equivalent.

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What do you think of Phoenix Point being delayed on the day of its Xbox Game Pass launch? Do you think the devs should have done a better job getting ready? Let us know in the comments below!


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