Microsoft’s Phantom Dust re-release announcement was a surprise — even to Phil Spencer

After the troubled development history of Microsoft's first stab at a Phantom Dust reboot, it seemed like it'd be a while before we heard the name Phantom Dust from Microsoft again. But then, seemingly out of nowhere, Microsoft Studios head of first-party publishing Shannon Loftis surprised fans of the cult classic when she announced the original game is being re-released in 2017 with improved online functionality for Xbox One and Windows PC.

In an interview with Polygon's Arthur Gies, Xbox head Phil Spencer revealed that news of the re-released version of the action-card game was not just a surprise for fans — it was also a surprise for him.

Spencer: [excitedly] Did you see? Did you see [Phantom Dust]?

Polygon: I did see! Nick was...

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