2K Games has announced 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 the Autumn of 2012. XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be instantly recognisable 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.
This is an interesting announcement since the bigger XCOM reboot hasn’t even dropped yet so they don’t know how folks will respond to it. XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a completely different game in that its a strategy title vs a shooter like the other XCOM game in the works. Honestly, if the folks at Fireaxis were going to work on a strategy title for consoles, I would have preferred it be another Civilization title but it is nice to see XCOM going back to its roots.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be available in the Autumn of 2012 for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.