XCOM: Enemy Unknown
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is the Old-Skool RTS That You Know and Love
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Firaxis Games is taking XCOM back to its old-skool RTS roots this fall with XCOM: Enemy Unknown, introducing the series in its original guise to a wider audience on consoles in the same year that 2K Marin's tactical XCOM shooter set in 50s suburbia arrives.

Putting you in command of the global anti-alien defence force, XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be taking XCOM back to the cerebral, strategy gameplay that made it such a hit back in the day, with turn-based tactical gameplay enabling you to control everything that transpires on the battlefield.

"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."

Game Informer will be running a big feature on XCOM: Enemy Unknown in its February issue, the digital version of which will be available from Janauary 10th. You can check out the February Game Informer XCOM cover below. XCOM: Enemy Unknown is slated for release in fall 2012.


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Comment #1 by dementedlullaby
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 10:36:32 AM
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Wooooo I can't wait. I used to play XCOM all the time at my grandpas when I was young. Can't wait to kill me some Aliens attacking earth.

With the FPS coming out as well it seems we have our beloved franchise back.

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Comment #2 by T FUNK 1984
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 10:44:08 AM
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YES! Enemy Unknown and Terror From The Deep are two of the best PC games I've ever played, I hope this new version does them justice!

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Comment #3 by TavoChamploo92
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 10:52:05 AM
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I've got goosebumps! :P

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Comment #4 by I JiMb0 I
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 10:55:03 AM
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Nice! This will bring back some good memories, could have even been one of the first games I ever played on the PC! I'll take this over this years COD anytime! :)

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Comment #5 by Zombiechild
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 10:55:06 AM
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Thankyou Fraxis!

First Game i played..been down hill since lol now if only they picked up
Warhammer 40k Chaos Gate as well.. would be happy old gamer xD

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Comment #6 by Space Cadet
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 11:14:14 AM
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This might just be the best news ever.

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Comment #7 by Littledud206
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 11:43:39 AM
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Havent played it before but after watching the Yogscast play XCOM in their videos and livestreams im quite interested :)

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Comment #8 by kalabos
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 11:51:46 AM
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Good news, loved the original and was disapointed with the fps decision of the new one....

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Comment #9 by Darth Bambrox
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 12:07:43 PM
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holy crap, i remember these games on my old psone, loved them, downloaded them on steam a few weeks back and had a good old fashioned walk down memory lane, would love to see a nice polished 360 version out

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Comment #10 by shack811
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 12:09:02 PM
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Well At last on consoles ...

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Comment #11 by the action frampton
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 12:20:49 PM
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Wait, so now it's not a FPS?! Great news if it's like the original. Used to play the shit out of that game with my dad.

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Comment #12 by MustaPastori
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 12:30:21 PM
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Fuck. Yeah!

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Comment #13 by MartyMcFly
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 12:34:59 PM
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Wait, so there's an XCOM fps-style game coming out some time this year, AND XCOM: Enemy Unknown?

Or JUST XCOM: Enemy Unknown?

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Comment #14 by AgentOrange330
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 12:46:22 PM
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I think I just pooped myself...

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Comment #15 by GhostMaker 343
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 12:58:36 PM
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Oh snap

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Comment #16 by masamunemaniac
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 01:15:10 PM
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So are we to look forward to X-COM's alleged "RTS roots", or to its "turn-based tactical gameplay"? Or is the author not actually confused in the slightest, but rather hinting that it'll be like X-COM: Apocalypse, and feature both?

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Comment #17 by Darkdefiler84
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 02:42:36 PM
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This is much better news than the other UFO game. So excited!

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Comment #18 by scoonmillar
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 02:53:31 PM
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this is great news thought i was going to have to put up with fps remakes of xcom and syndicate

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Comment #19 by Aliasalpha
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 04:14:08 PM
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@16: The original ufo/xcom had both real time in the global strategic mode (very slow real time but it was still real time) and turn based tactical in the deployment missions.

I was planning to write this off as another probably cockup until I saw mention of firaxis. Now against all my usual cynicism there's a flicker of hope.

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Comment #20 by ViNyLek
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 04:47:12 PM
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Sounds interesting. I wonder if they can pull it off. RTS games don't really belong on consoles IMO and none of the very few there is was able to change that for me as of yet....

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Comment #21 by fat_hill
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 05:08:05 PM
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Comment #22 by theNomad
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 05:42:52 PM
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Really interested to see how this pans out, my only issue is not having mouse control, but the original was turned based and not real time

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Comment #23 by cheevo360
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 06:49:47 PM
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I don't like RTS games but I will preorder XCOM (first-person shooter version)

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Comment #24 by dwayne_hicks
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 08:26:17 PM
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Sounds better than that fps one.

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Comment #25 by Coruba
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 10:08:13 PM
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@14 both, RTS and a FPS, lloks interesting, the FPS looks a bit dull though.

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Comment #26 by packers4life12
Friday, January 06, 2012 @ 12:18:43 AM
(-1Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Report Comment all about the X-COM remake, but they can keep this RTS bullshit.

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Comment #27 by Loquacious B
Friday, January 06, 2012 @ 02:17:03 AM
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Finally. One of my favourite games of all time!

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Comment #28 by gartside27
Friday, January 06, 2012 @ 03:41:16 AM
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Looking forward to this now :D

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Comment #29 by biglington
Friday, January 06, 2012 @ 07:18:47 AM
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Enemy Unknown was awesome and am really looking forward to this I hope it is not too different in playing style, just a new plot, i.e. different aliens etc to research.

@5 Chaos Gate was also great, only trouble was it would never go past the 5th level on my PC before crashing so would be good to finish it.

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Comment #30 by xIAmAZombiex
Friday, January 06, 2012 @ 09:34:50 AM
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So yeah playing the old ones right now off steam an holy fuck do they need a tutorial. My feeble child brain doesn't know what the hell is going on. But regardless, Firaxis made the greatest strategy game of all time so I have extremely high hopes for this.

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Comment #31 by ERIKDOTCOM
Saturday, January 07, 2012 @ 12:28:13 AM
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I'd never even heard of XCOM till recently, but now I'm stoked.

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Comment #32 by Pakhair
Saturday, January 07, 2012 @ 03:26:31 AM
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Great that they are doing fans some justice, Hopefully this will reduce negative criticism and outcry on XCOM FPS, As for one I'm interested in that version

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US October 09, 2012
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