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Fresh off the latest expansion pack released for the Civilization spin-off Beyond Earth, Firaxis and 2K games have released a brand new trailer over at IGN announcing the sequel to their 2012 alien fighting strategy game, XCOM: Enemy Unknown.
Enemy Unknown itself, being a revival/remake of the original 1994 title that started the beloved franchise.
Much like its forebears, Enemy Unknown became a cult classic in its own right for being a truly brutal, in-depth strategy game, one that honored it’s 90s predecessor while nonetheless taking advantage of modern technology to create a more accessible experience overall. It was well received by critics and players upon its release, and sold a respectable number of units. Not bad at all for any title in a genre that’s fallen from its heyday solidly into the “niche” corner of the gaming market. (Any game that’s not part of Firaxis’ own Civilization series, at least.)
It therefore comes as a delightful surprise that XCOM is getting itself a sequel. Perhaps proving that there are at least some publishers who still value smaller, specialized titles in the massive blockbuster landscape of the curent AAA industry.
XCOM 2 is set to take place 20 years after the events of Enemy Unknown, and it appears that the alien conquerers have established a strong presence on Earth. The XCOM organization appears to have taken on the role of the scrappy underground resistance, a far cry from their status as a multinational, planet spanning military outfit from the previous game.
The game is set for release in November of this year, and more details about it will surely emerge as we get closer to that date.
Any XCOM fans out there (besides the author of this article? Oh… uh, full disclosure about that, by the way,) excited for this reveal? Let us know in the comments below and we might keep track of the game’s development. If there’s any other games coming out that you’re itching to play, you can let us know about that too!