XCOM: Enemy Unknown in development at Firaxis Games

And X-COM fans around the world finally have something to cheer about. After delaying the decidedly non-strategic reboot of X-COM known simply as “XCOM”, 2K Games today has revealed that a new X-COM game is officially in development at Firaxis Games. This X-COM game, titled XCOM: Enemy Unknown, will indeed be more of a tactical action strategy title more along the lines of the original series.

Confused yet? XCOM is scheduled for a March 2012 release, with XCOM: Enemy Unknown planned for a Fall 2012 launch for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

2K Games announced today that Firaxis Games, the creative team behind the iconic Sid Meier?s Civilization franchise, is developing XCOM: Enemy Unknown, an action strategy title that is planned for release in fall 2012. XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be instantly recognizable to fans of the original X-COM, while breaking new ground in strategy games for today?s console and Windows PC gamers. With equal emphasis on deep strategy and intense tactical combat, XCOM: Enemy Unknown will place players in control of a secret paramilitary organization called XCOM. As the XCOM commander, players will defend against a terrifying global alien invasion by managing resources, advancing technologies, and overseeing combat strategies and individual unit tactics.

?We?re looking forward to building upon the core gameplay experiences that fans of the original X-COM love, while introducing the franchise to a new generation,? said Sarah Anderson, senior vice president of marketing for 2K. ?With Firaxis? XCOM: Enemy Unknown and 2K Marin?s upcoming XCOM, 2K Games will be offering two different gameplay experiences drawing from the classic X-COM universe. Each game offers a unique XCOM experience in different genres, as envisioned by two different studios with unique creative visions.?

Released in 1993, the original X-COM is widely regarded as one of the best games ever made and has now been re-imagined by the strategy experts at Firaxis Games. XCOM: Enemy Unknown will expand on that legacy with an entirely new invasion story, enemies and technologies to fight aliens and defend Earth. Players will control the fate of the human race through researching alien technologies, creating and managing a fully operational base, planning combat missions and controlling soldier movement in battle.

?It?s been a dream of ours to recreate X-COM with our unique creative vision. We?re huge fans of the original game and it?s a once in a lifetime opportunity to re-envision a game that is as beloved as X-COM,? said Steve Martin, president of Firaxis Games. ?We were careful to keep XCOM: Enemy Unknown true to the elements that made X-COM such a revered game while delivering an entirely new story and gameplay experience for both die-hard X-COM fans and newcomers to the franchise.?

To learn more about XCOM: Enemy Unknown, gamers can pick up the latest issue of Game Informer Magazine, which currently has the worldwide exclusive cover story on the title. The story is rich with game details, including gameplay impressions, a first look at four of the alien enemy types, insight into combat strategies and tactics, the new base setup and more.

Players who wish to experience the original X-COM titles can do so by purchasing them on Steam. Please visit www.steampowered.com.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be available in fall 2012 for Games for Windows, Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoftand PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information, please visit www.xcom.com.

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