Watch the new trailer for espionage game Phantom Doctrine

A short distance away from the sound and fury of E3, literally across the road from the LA Convention Center, there's an alternative show called Indie Heaven. Publisher Good Shepherd is taking the opportunity to showcase some smaller games, and one of them is turn-based tactics game Phantom Doctrine.

This new story trailer sets up the plot, which takes place during the Cold War and features spies who go rogue to take down a global conspiracy called "the Beholder Initiative". It shows off a little bit of gunplay, but also what looks like experiments with combat drugs and hypnotic brainwashing.

We went hands-on with the version of Phantom Doctrine that's playable at E3 and our first impression was a positive one (opens in new tab). It's due out later this year on Steam (opens in new tab) and GOG (opens in new tab).

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 (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 about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.