XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a reimagining of the original turn-based strategy originally released in 1993 under the title UFO: Enemy Unknown, by Culture Brain and MicroProse.

In the original game, the player manages X-COM, a secret organisation set up to deal with the threat of extraterrestrial invasion.  Through the game, you meet and fight different aliens, learning more about them and their technology, before preparing an assault on the alien’s base.  This was followed by a number of sequels and compilation releases, but the original was the most popular and successful, winning IGN’s #1 PC Game of All Time in 2003, 2005 and 2007, as well as high positions in the Best Computer Game of All Time by PC Gamer across several years.  The game and X-COM series have a large fanbase, including some of the Firaxis team.. so the new game will have a lot to live up to!

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a strategy game, and as the commander of X-COM, you are faced with handling the global response to the invasion of Earth: resource management, research and development of new technology, and defense, including management of  the soldiers themselves, although Firaxis have said they are removing some elements of micromanagement which they considered tedious and uninteresting.

Another XCOM game is being developed by 2k Marin, developers of BioShock 2.  Titled simply XCOM, this is a first person shooter and takes place earlier than any other game in the series, when the aliens are just making their first attacks on Earth.  This game was to be published in 2011, but has been delayed.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is under development by Firaxis Games, published by 2k Games, with release scheduled for late 2012.

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