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Platform(s): PC
Genre: RPG/Strategy
Developer: GAMKIN

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'X-Tactics' Announced, Seeks Crowd Funding - Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 8, 2014 @ 12:30 p.m. PDT

X-Tactics is an episodic tactical RPG which blends tactical and fighting game mechanics; offering an online collaborative urban exploration sandbox experience by leveraging GPS and other real world data streams.

X-Tactics, pronounced “Cross-Tactics”, takes place in a world, something like our own, where top-secret government agencies and secret societies, maintain the world order. X-Tactics puts players in command of a ragtag cast of secret agents, adventurers, and treasure hunters, as they risk their lives trying to keep the truth in check. Wrapped in dark humour and a stylish anime punk art style, X-Tactics brings a new twist to modern conspiracy theories and urban legends, by placing the player in the shoes of those that know, and manipulate, the truth to maintain the peace and civil order.

Gamkin, a new indie studio formed by Square-Enix / Capcom / SEGA veterans, has launched an Indiegogo campaign, looking for $10,000 to complete development on X-Tactics.

“When we set out to make X-Tactics, we didn’t want to make just another tactical game, nor create some sort of perfect tactical experience. Our goal was to create something new.” said Robert Gould, X-Tactics's producer and lead designer. “Leveraging our expertise, we combined equal parts of tactical gameplay like that of ‘Final Fantasy Tactics’ and ‘Valkyrie Chronicles’, with fighting game mechanics and aesthetics, like those found in the ‘Street Fighter’ series, to create a new gameplay experience, that we at least, have not seen done before.”

“It is our mission here at GAMKIN, to mashup our gamedev expertise with other fields. So we are using real world data streams, like weather, and location-based data, to enhance X-Tactics gameplay, creating an urban exploration sandbox mode for our players. This combined with the curated episodic nature of X-Tactics will allow us to build a living game, and allow us to expand the X-Tactics universe based on our community's feedback.”

Regarding crowdfunding, Kengo Okinaga, founder and CEO of GAMKIN, explained that "unlike most other game-related crowdfunding, that depends on funding to start production, we wanted to wait until we had the game’s systems nailed down before starting our campaign, so we could reduce the risks for both our supporters and partners.” adding that “the development team is now focusing on improving features and creating the remaining content needed for release, not simple tasks, but tasks that we feel confident we can handle.”

"We chose Indiegogo as we are based in Japan, and Indiegogo is the best truly global crowdfunding platform out there. And that same global reach will also play an important role to help us build an international community of players that will be able to make the most out of the title’s unique urban exploration features.”

X-Tactics features location based missions, where you can protect your neighborhood, school, or workplace from outbreaks, and other dangers together with your friends.

Also certain hidden character story lines are unlocked by certain combinations of characters and locale types. So be sure to explore your surroundings and find out what secrets you may find!

Local weather conditions, and other events like day & night cycles and moon phases play part in unlocking certain events, unleashing specific outbreaks, and even affecting certain hero and enemy abilities.

Gamkin are aiming to leverage their know-how to add episodic updates, with new missions, items and occasionally new heroes  and enemies on a weekly basis, as free updates to all its players, although some content will need to unlocked, so it might not be readily available to everyone at the same time.

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