Netmarble’s Phantomgate is finally heading toward a global launch after being rebranded as Phantomgate: The Last Valkyrie.
Phantomgate is a hero collection game that combines platforming levels with turn based battles. Those looking for a more competitive option will be able to play against the teams of other players in a player versus player mode.
The game’s centerpiece is a story mode built around characters of Norse mythology, and players will find themselves battling with or against the Æsir, mythical beasts, and various monsters.
While the game centers around its story and PVP is an option, it’s still a gacha game and collecting and powering up heroes is an important part of the game. One of the core components of Phantomgate’s phantom (hero) collection component is evolution. Players are able to evolve their phantoms into different forms based on what they choose. That gives players some extra flexibility but at the same time means that a significant portion of the game’s 300+ phantoms are variations of the same characters.
Phantomgate was previously known as Phantomgate: Chapter 01 – Midgard, and was available in a number of regions as part of its soft launch last year. Around November, the game stopped receiving new updates, its social media channels went quiet and updates stopped.
The game slowly faded away and its website and community page announced that a rebrand was in the works. Phantomgate was eventually removed from Google Play in its soft launch regions and was rarely mentioned by the South Korean publisher.
While changing a game’s name is unusual, it does happen occasionally. A notable example is Netmarble’s own Iron Throne, originally known as Firstborn: Kingdom Come.
Along with Phantomgate, Netmarble is also moving toward the global launch of hero collection RPG Destiny Knights, the English language launch of The King of Fighters All Star, and a number of other games.
Phantomgate: The Last Valkyrie will be free and contain in app purchases. It’s scheduled to launch this September and here’s a trailer with a look at the upcoming game:
Interested? Check out the hero collection game on Google Play.