Microsoft made the surprise announcement as part of YouTube's E3 2016 coverage. The original version of Phantom Dust was released in 2004 for the first Xbox and was a card-based action-RPG game. The game, which was directed by Yukio Futatsugi of Panzer Dragoon, became a cult hit and critical favorite. Microsoft announced plans for an all-new Phantom Dust game for the Xbox One in 2014, but later put its development on hold.
The Xbox One and Windows 10 revamp of the original Phantom Dust is part of the Xbox Play Anywhere program, where players can buy the game for one platform and get the other one for free. Phantom Dust will also support cross-play between the Xbox One and Windows 10 versions and the upcoming Arena tournament mode for Xbox Live. In addition, the gameplay will be tweaked so that players will have card decks ready to go when they enter multiplayer battles.