In 1994 Mythos Games released the first XCOM subtitled UFO Defensethe lead developer of which was Julian Gollop with brother Nick. They continued the streak with XCOM: Apocalypsebut in 2001 the studio closed and Julian went to work for Ubisoft.
The franchise went on a long hiatus until, in 2016, Julian Gollop introduced a spiritual successor in Phoenix Point. Three years later, a full-fledged release took place, and Phoenix Point became the exclusive of the young platform Epic Games.
The management of the Epic Games Store needed content support, and Julian’s new game was perfect for that. The developer is rumored to have received an additional $2.25 million in investment, so it’s no wonder the solution is defended to this day.
The creator of Phoenix Point believes that the hostile attitude of the players towards the Epic Games Store is unfounded, and most of the negativity is related to the conspiracy theory regarding Chinese spyware and references to the Tencent conglomerate, which owns 40% of the shares of Epic Games.
Julian Gollop claims that the store is great for independent studios, and the company’s money has helped improve the quality of his game.
A year after the release on the Epic Games Store, Phoenix Point was released on Steam, and in 2021 the game visited PS4 and Xbox One.
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