Da 2K Games og Firaxis annoncerede deres genoplivning af den klassiske XCOM serie, var der stor glæde iblandt seriens fans. For XCOM var netop blevet relanceret som et kommende FPS spil, hvilket ikke faldt i alles smag, da seriens rødder er dybt begravet i det turbaserede, strategiske muld. Men FPS-versionen er udskudt på ubestemt tid, og nu får Firaxis' turbaserede spil altså al opmærksomheden. Og det er vi i sandhed meget glade for. Udgivelsesdatoen er nu blevet annonceret, og den gør årets sygeste spilmåned endnu mere vild. For XCOM: Enemy Unknown udkommer nemlig den 12. oktober. Man kunne frygte at spillet vil drukne i andre store udgivelser i den tid; Assassins Creed III, Resident Evil 6 og Black Ops 2 blandt mange, mange andre. Men XCOM: Enemy Unknown tiltaler nok et lidt andet publikum, så mon ikke at Firaxis forhåbentlig gode strategispil nok skal få sig et stort og dedikeret følge?
Windsor, UK – May 22, 2012 – 2K Games announced today that XCOM®: Enemy Unknown, the highly anticipated action-strategy game from Firaxis Games, will be available for purchase in North America on October 9, 2012 and internationally on October 12, 2012 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC. Additionally, pre-ordering XCOM: Enemy Unknown from participating retailers guarantees receiving the Elite Soldier Pack, a launch bonus offering top-of-the-line soldier customization features that will only be available for a limited time. There will also be a special edition of XCOM: Enemy Unknown available exclusively for PC that contains a variety of unique XCOM items.
“As we reimagine XCOM, one of our goals is to evolve the experience while recognizing what made X-COM one of the greatest PC games to date,” said Sarah Anderson, senior vice president of marketing for 2K. “It’s important to create an experience that is appealing to both existing fans and newcomers to the world of XCOM, which is what we’re doing with XCOM: Enemy Unknown.”
Gamers looking for the ultimate XCOM: Enemy Unknown experience can pre-order the game to guarantee the launch bonus of the Elite Soldier Pack. The Elite Soldier Pack will provide the ultimate tools for soldier customization in XCOM: Enemy Unknown, including:
Available from participating retailers at launch, a special edition of XCOM: Enemy Unknown will contain a copy of the game for PC and a number of unique XCOM items, including an art book; fold-out poster of the XCOM headquarters; XCOM insignia patch; and a collection of digital bonus assets such as desktop wallpaper, soundtrack and more.
- Classic X-COM Soldier: Players will instantly receive a new recruit in their barracks inspired by the original X-COM: UFO Defense. The iconic soldier with the blonde, flattop hairstyle will return in his full glory, modernized with the rest of the XCOM universe.
- Soldier Deco packs: Players can customize their soldier with several aesthetic upgrades to armor suits, including the new Hyperion and Reaper soldier armor kits.
- Complete color customization: A variety of colors and tints for all armor sets in the game allow players complete control to customize their squad’s look.