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Phantom Doctrine 2 will be real-time and third-person

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Phantom Doctrine (opens in new tab) was a turn-based tactics game about espionage, with brainwashing, double agents, and a conspiracy corkboard. Its newly announced sequel, Phantom Doctrine 2: The Cabal, seems more like a third-person stealth-em-up in the vein of Hitman. It's such a big shift I had to double-check it's the work of the same developers, CreativeForge Games (opens in new tab) (it is, though with PlayWay publishing rather than Good Shepherd this time).

Phantom Doctrine 2 explores an alternate reality where the Chernobyl accident was a deliberate terrorist act, and the first in a string of attacks orchestrated by a group called the Cabal (the organization you played in the first game). You build a squad of agents with different skills then choose which one to send on each mission, where they'll sneak in, impersonate enemies, use silenced weapons, and do whatever it takes to complete the job.

There's also a tactical pause system and a return of the conspiracy corkboard as nods to the original game, but it does look and sound pretty different. Let's hope the shift in perspective and gameplay is better received than The Bureau: XCOM Declassified was.

Phantom Doctrine 2 currently has a Steam page (opens in new tab), with a release date that's "Top Secret".

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and Playboy.com (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was published in 2015, he edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.