If you’re a fan of the X-Files, you will soon get a chance to enjoy the show, but in the form of a mobile game. The X-Files: Deep State is a mystery-investigation puzzle game that is scheduled to be released in February of 2018 – which will coincide with season 11 of the TV series. The TV series is actually scheduled to premiere on January 3. Not only that, but the game will celebrate the 25th anniversary of The X-Files. The events in “The X-Files: Deep State” unfold sometime during the spring of 2010, taking place between seasons 9 and 10 of the TV series. The game will feature a storyline revolving around the alien invasion and government conspiracies, as well as self-contained episodes related to various paranormal cases — with FoxNext Games promising appearances by fan-favorite characters.
In the game, the players assume the role of an FBI special agent and must find hidden clues, collect evidence, solve puzzles and interrogate witnesses and suspects in order to solve the case. The decisions you make affect how the storyline actually plays out. FoxNext says there will be new cases to solve on a monthly basis. Players can also customize their character’s appearance and style. I think this is a really good idea as it will keep people interested in the game. We often see a game released with a limited storyline or ability to “advance” through the game. With these kinds of monthly challenges around the new cases, I think it gives people the opportunity to play longer.
The creation of the game is a good sign that Fox understands the potential of mobile games, which have become a $50 billion business. If that’s the case, then more TV shows should also have a corresponding game, shouldn’t they? What’s interesting about this game is that it is free to play. There are likely in-app purchases that you can make, but that seems to be the way that they hook you, isn’t it? You play the game for free, but if you really want to advance or explore, you will have to pay. I’m not saying that’s the case for this particular game, but it’s definitely an option. And one that would make more money for FoxNext.
The game itself looks kind of neat. Players assume the role of an FBI Special Agent, investigating mysterious crime scenes that defy explanation. Like I said earlier, new cases will come out monthly – and I’m really on board with that idea. Players will have to make moral decisions that will impact the story. The game will try to balance dynamic gameplay with an engaging storyline. The storyline itself revolves around an alien invasion and government conspiracies as well as self-contained episodes related to various paranormal cases.
The game will be available for Android and iOS, and is also available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian. I think this is going to be really fun and entertaining. I also think that this industry will continue to grow. As we said earlier, it’s a $50 billion industry so good for Fox for getting on board with mobile games. I am looking forward to seeing what other games follow in this direction as well.