Snapshot Games has revealed why their new XCOM-like, Phoenix Point, is not available on Xbox Game Pass for PC just yet. The new tactical-strategy game was due to release on both the Epic Games Store and the Microsoft Store on Dec. 3 but only arrived on the Epic Store. There was barely a beep from Snapshot Games about it, but now the mystery has been solved.
In a post to the game’s official forums, Unstable Voltage, a Snapshot Games staff member, described the difficulties that the team ran into with getting the game out on the Windows Store in a timely fashion. “The fact is we dropped the ball.” Unstable Voltage says. “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.”
The post goes on to highlight that the team was unprepared for a number of the pre-requisites required to release on the Windows Store, citing the certification and legal document review process. The post ends by saying that they do not have an ETA for when the game will arrive on the Microsoft Store or Game Pass, but that they are trying to get the launch ready as soon as possible.
It is a little surprising to see a development team walk into a release for a specific platform without being fully aware of the requirements and how they might impact both the player base and the product itself. The good thing is that Snapshot Games are taking ownership of the mistake, and I imagine this will be the last time that something like this happens to them.