Alien invasions and strategy gaming will collide once again, as legendary Civilization developer Firaxis Games is making XCOM: Enemy Unknown, a “re-imaging” of series named after 1993 PC installment.The announcement comes today from Gameinformer.
This goes as a sharp contrast to 2K Marin’s XCOM, a first person shooter adaptation also in development that’s “alienated” several of the series’ longtime fans for departing its strategy gaming roots. Players will command a “global anti-alien defense force” and maintain a worldwide perspective. At the same time though, every soldier on the ground is maneuverable through turn-based control.
According to the president of Firaxis Games, Steve Martin, “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.”
“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.”
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is being developed for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC and is currently slated for a fall release. We’ll have more details as they continue to fly out.
What’s your take on the reveal of Firaxis’ new XCOM project? Do you think harkening back to the series’ roots is a better idea than trying to develop a first person shooter? Sound off in the comments or the forums!