The year is 1983. The world teeters on the verge of destruction as the Cold War tightens its icy grip. East or West: trust no one, question everything. The fate of humanity rests in your hands as you pit spy versus spy in tactical Phantom Doctrine.
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Release Date:
14 Aug, 2018

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17 September

Phantom Doctrine Patch 1.0.6 Released!

Phantom Doctrine PC Patch 1.0.6

This patch contains requested improvements and fixes. As always, thank you for your support and all the feedback. Rest assured that further updates are in the works and we're always interested in hearing from you!

  • Dispose of body/pick up agent cutscenes are now skippable (yay!)
  • The Interconnected ability now only works after a successful tactical recon of the mission area
  • Volume of cinematic cutscenes played during missions adjusted
  • Improved enemy agent behavior while in vigilant mode
  • Removed an exploit resetting agent Heat with a tech unlock
  • Improved tooltips for armor, weapons and items when comparing them

  • Removed an issue with endless slow-mo for overwatch triggered for enemies in cover
  • Skipping a turn with the evac panel open will not block the UI
  • Removed a potential block caused by an enemy vigilant Agent trying to turn laser sensors on again
  • A patrolling Agent will no longer fall off the map while jumping down
  • Tracked down an eliminated a pesky rare bug which could block the game when choosing an enemy and an ability in the tutorial
  • A rare technical issue when opening a new secret file is now dead and buried
  • After rescuing an operative being interrogated in an Enemy Cell location, Danger gain will be correctly reduced
  • An Operative working on a Hideout assignment can't be hospitalized because of a Side Story Event at the same time
  • Agents in support cutscenes are now dressed in correct clothes
  • Opening a door will no longer cause a nearby civilian to move
  • Corrected a tooltip repetition for single shot stats of SMGs and rifles
  • The system cursor should no longer appear and supersede the in-game cursor
  • A disguised Operative carrying a body will now correctly upset civilians on sight
  • Removed an exploit from a KGB story mission, allowing to load a game and revert to infiltration mode
  • Corrected World Map text in the Italian localization
  • Improved gunshot sounds passing through grids with cars
  • Smashing of already broken glass will no longer be attempted
  • A variety of small fixes

If you encounter issues or just want to chat about Phantom Doctrine, our Official Discord Server is always the best place to do it.
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29 August

Phantom Doctrine Patch 1.0.5 + Dev Stream

Greetings, Agents!
We're reporting back to let you know that Patch 1.0.5 will be deployed by the end of the day (CEST). It's been another busy week for us, but we're extremely happy with all the feedback you've been sharing and your ongoing support.

Patch 1.0.5 details
This patch brings important progression-related fixes, changes to the Actor Perk, AI, XP gains, and many more.

  • the Actor perk decreases the range of recognition while in disguise (before: could never be revealed with said perk)
  • the Agent Overview window (before: Background) in the Crew Quarters facility now displays all abilities, including passive ones
  • improved generation of Hideout Candidate locations (prevents a selection of only the most expensive options, possibly leading to a bakruptcy loop, and other tweaks)
  • secret documents are only visible in the deployment phase after conducting Reconnaissance of the location
  • improvements and balancing of AI
  • experience gains balance
  • miscellaneous tweaks and improvements to animations
  • fixes an error which could lead to a progress block during the Undertow-related events (doesn't resolve the issue for save files with blocked progress)
  • fixes an error leading to icons on the World Map disappearing
  • fixes wrong damage values (and sometimes blocks) which could occur while shooting from overwatch mode beyond a weapon's range
  • fixes an issue which could lead to the disappearance of the top status bar in the strategic view after clickling Background in the Hire tab in the Crew Quarters
  • fixes an error which could under specific circumstances lead to a block when entering an enemy's overwatch area
  • fixes an error which could lead to a block when attempting to move in the area of effect of Blister Gas
  • fixes an issue with saving the game when a player ends the turn with a hotkey while aiming
  • fixes an error in Danger generation for agents captured by Beholder
  • fixes an error with previous abilities not being removed after changing Training
  • key bindings for alternative keys are working correctly
  • dodge cost modifiers now update correctly in the Crew Quarters interface
  • fixed an issue with launching the game on the main monitor on multi-screen setups
  • the misplaced M-16 weapon is back in the game :)
  • various minor tweaks and fixes
Developer Livestream
It's becoming sort of a tradition now, but once again some of us will be compromising their identities to play Phantom Doctrine live for you, walk you through the latest changes, anwer your questions, and attempt to influence you with some MK Ultra subliminal techniques we've been practicing lately in the shadows of our office.

Please, feel invited to tune in for a quick brainwashing session chat either on our Steam Page or Good Shepherd Entertainment Twitch Channel. The stream will take place today at 19:00 CEST.

If you can't make it, remember we're always there for you on our Official Discord Server.

Again, thank you very much for giving our work a purpose.

CreativeForge Dev Team

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“There is a lot to admire, with a single-player campaign taking about 40 hours to complete, full of varied and interesting mainline missions and procedurally-generated side content.”
9/10 – Gamespot

“Phantom Doctrine is a life-consuming espionage simulator, offering a deeply complex cluster of systems to explore. Its turn-based tactics gameplay is a feat of engineering that will offer players many hours of combat thrills and stealth schemes.”
9.5/10 – TechRaptor

“To say this is essential strategy gaming is an understatement.”
5/5 – Strategy Gamer

Digital Deluxe Edition

The Phantom Doctrine Deluxe Edition includes the game, a Digital copy of its full Original Soundtrack, and its comprehensive Digital Artbook. The full Phantom Doctrine Original Digital Soundtrack includes all of the riveting tracks composed by celebrated Composer and Sound Designers Marcin Przybyłowicz (The Witcher series, Hard West) and Jan Sanejko. All tracks are provided as High Quality MP3, and FLAC files.

Official Manual Now Available

The Official Phantom Doctrine Manual is now available for everyone. This digital manual breaks down the game's key mechanics, provides more information about its story, and includes useful tips & tricks which can help any agent turn the tide of battle in their favour. It’s available for online viewing or as a PDF download from the following link:

About This Game

Phantom Doctrine is a strategic turn-based espionage thriller set at the peak of the Cold War. Drawing on a wide variety of influences and capturing the subtle intrigue of classic spy films, the game thrust the player into a mysterious world of covert operations, counterintelligence, conspiracy and paranoia.

As leader of a secret organization known only as The Cabal, you are charged with preventing a global conspiracy that seeks to pit leader against leader, and nation against nation. By carrying out secret missions, investigating classified files, and interrogating enemy agents, a sinister plot is uncovered. With the clock ticking, it must be thwarted in order to save the world from an unthinkable fate.


  • A Deep Single Player Story Campaign: the 40+ hour Single player campaign mode features a rich gripping plot woven with numerous historical events and characters to bring the terrifying reality of the Cold War to life from a unique perspective.
  • Next-generation turn-based combat: offers unprecedented flexibility of movement and actions, including variable Overwatch modes and assault-oriented Breach ability.
  • Expanded battlefield: assets can be positioned around the world, enabling you to call for assistance in the heat of battle. But the enemy can also bring in reinforcements, including heavy weapons and even air support. Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.

  • Knowledge is power: Improve your chances of success by infiltrating mission locations with undercover operatives. Attempt to stay one step ahead of enemy agents, who are also preparing to spring their own devious traps.
  • Lurk in the shadows with fully-fledged stealth gameplay: Clandestine operations can be completed with muffled weapons, silent takedowns and cutting edge Cold War technology.
  • Take charge of the crucial counterintelligence operation: Recruit from both the KGB and the CIA, the criminal fraternity, or even utilise the unique talents of subjects of secret government experiments. Weapons, resources and contacts can be secured around the globe, enabling you to command from afar. But if the situation requires a hands-on approach, you will be locked, loaded and ready to fight.

  • Innovative Investigation Board: Utilizing a classic pinboard and string approach, the Investigation Board is the hub from where cases, locations and individuals can be researched to reveal new missions, resources and technologies. In Phantom Doctrine, investigation and intel is an active and vital element of success.
  • Multiplayer Battles: lose friends and make new enemies in ruthless online multiplayer matches. Experience the deviousness and lethality of Phantom Doctrine in accessible 1v1 skirmishes.
  • Utilize ruthless Technology: New capabilities can either be stolen from the enemy or researched, and then ruthlessly used to your advantage. Often experimental and morally dubious, brainwashing, interrogation, body engineering and chemical enhancement are all fair game as you extract information by any means necessary.
  • Fully customizable character creation: Operatives can be customized each time they need a new identity. Change their appearance, forge their documents, train them in the deadly arts and send them back into the field.

  • Carefully Designed hand-crafted levels: Combining the best of both worlds: the quality of large, hand-designed maps and meticulous, smart design ensuring visual and gameplay variety. Travel the world of the 1980s in the grip of the Cold War on both sides of the Iron Curtain.
  • Replayable modular campaign: a wide array of mechanics ensures markedly different playthroughs. A unique experience is guaranteed by randomly generated character names and backgrounds, algorithmically populated and adapted maps, and randomized intelligence snippets.
  • A spy thriller from two different points of view: Play as either a former KGB counterintelligence operative or a renegade CIA wet work commando. Each has to come to terms with the truth and challenge the global conspiracy. Complete the campaign to be rewarded with an additional protagonist in Extended Playthrough.
  • No mission is too big or too small: whether infiltrating a busy government facility to clinically assassinate a target, or mounting a full frontal assault on an enemy base. With optional objectives linked to a mission’s complexity, as well as loot and intelligence to collect, every decision has an impact.

Mature Content Description

This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 / AMD Phenom II X4 965 or equivalent
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 550 Ti / Intel HD 620 / Radeon HD 5770
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 35 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Online connection required for Multiplayer
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-4670K / AMD FX-8320 or equivalent
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 960 / Radeon R9 290X
    • Additional Notes: Online connection required for Multiplayer

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