Former staff from Square Enix, Capcom and Sega have teamed up at studio Gamkin to create an episodic RPG for PC and mobile, titled X-Tactics (pronounced “Cross Tactics”. The game combines “tactical gameplay with elements of urban exploration”.
X-Tactics puts you in the shoes of a cast of secret agents, adventurers and treasure hunters that work for government agencies tasked with keeping certain things under wraps in order to maintain peace and civil order.
Producer and lead designer Robert Gould says that X-Tactics’ goal is to be something new, rather than the “perfect tactical experience”. The game is inspired in equal parts by RPGs such as Final Fantasy Tactics and Valkyria Chronicles, and fighting game mechanics such as those found in Street Fighter.
X-Tactics will use real world data like weather and location data within the game, and like any other episodic title, future episodes will be tuned based on community feedback. The game is being funded via IndieGoGo and has already achieved its base funding goal of $10,000. Future stretch goals will add extra characters to the game, a more in-depth crafting system, and an online multiplayer PvP mode.
The “Urban Exploration” feature is mysteriously missing from the PC version of the game. Regarding this issue, Gamkin have stated: “Because X-Tactics depends in large part on Urban Exploration, it only makes sense that we go with a Mobile-first strategy, but the PC version and Google Glass version will all share the same account, so you can play with your same characters and agency wherever you are!”
X-Tactics has different release windows across every platform its on, too. An iOS and Android versions are scheduled for release in Fall 2014. The PC version is scheduled for Spring 2015. Finally, a Beta for the Google Glass version is planned for Summer 2015.