The 11th season of the X-Files TV show will be accompanied by a smartphone game.
It’s called The X-Files: Deep State and is coming from FoxNext, which is the publisher behind the new Marvel Strike Force game which was announced in the wake of the confirmed closure of Marvel Heroes.
The game is described as a ‘free-to-play mystery investigation’. Activities include evidence gathering, witness interrogating and puzzle solving, with the moral decisions of the players said to impact the story.
New cases will be added to the title on a monthly basis. Like the show, there will be an over-arching conspiracy narrative as well as ‘monster-of-the-week’ style episodes.
‘Fan favourite’ characters will appear, although whether they will indeed be the actual favourites remains to be seen. However, with the in-game events taking place between seasons 9 and 10 there might be a chance.
The X-Files: Deep State, a mobile is due out on iOS and Android in early 2018. A countdown on the official site tends to suggest February 6th might be the day. The new TV series is scheduled to arrive on January 3rd 2018 – a year which marks the brand’s 25th anniversary.
Fox announced its new gaming division in February. It is headed up by Salil Mehta, who was most recently president of content management for Twentieth Century Fox Film, and will report to CEO and chairman of Fox Networks Group Peter Rice and chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox Film Stacey Snider.
FoxNext merges the groups responsible for games such as Alien: Isolation and The Simpsons: Tapped Out mobile title into one interactive unit. "Extending our storytelling to new platforms in new ways is a constant focus for us as we look to build more touch points with consumers every day," Snider said atm the time.
"Building on the momentum we've already seen in this area via the Fox Innovation Lab, FoxNext represents a natural next step in defining our long-term vision in this arena. Salil is quite simply the perfect executive to build this group into what we know will be an industry leader.”