There's a new game based on classic spooky TV series The X-Files coming in Q1 2018 to coincide with the show's Season 11. Titled The X-Files: Deep State and developed by Creative Mobile and FoxNext, it's a "mystery investigation game" where players take on the role of a new FBI Agent on the X-Files. That's all the good news. The bad news is, well, it's a mobile, Facebook and browser Free-To-Play game with microtransactions.
The X-Files: Deep State will be set between Seasons 9 and 10, or between the last official main-run season and The X-Files: I Want To Believe movie. Mulder and Scully are both off the X-Files, and players will take on the role of an unnamed FBI agent "investigating mysterious crime scenes that defy explanation". It will feature "a storyline revolving around the alien invasion and government conspiracies, as well as self-contained episodes related to various paranormal cases." There'll be monthly cases, customizable characters options, and "dynamic gameplay".
Let's be honest though: it's not the game any X-Files fan particularly wants. The X-Files Game back in 1998 got criticized for having the player be an unnamed new "Rookie" character instead of Mulder or Scully, and now we've got the same thing - with the added bonus of this being a mobile/browser title built around microtransactions. The last X-Files game Resist Or Serve was still way back in 2004 and that at least cast players as Mulder and Scully, even if it was just a terrible Resident Evil rip-off. Sigh.
If you want an idea of what to expect from The X-Files: Deep State, head to the website or check out the trailer below. Note that it doesn't even bother to use the iconic theme tune. While we are big fans of the show, even we have to admit that everything from Season 9 onwards has been pretty terrible, barring about one (maybe two) episodes from the last season, and in terms of gaming The X-Files has never done very well.
Fine, yes, we ARE still going to play Deep State. Happy now?