My heart raced a little as I peeked through my TweetDeck feed waking up this morning. This may as well be the gaming announcement of the year: 2K’s Firaxis Studios (they make Civilization, you may have heard of it?) is in charge of providing us with 2012’s other XCOM game, which appears to be a remake of the original game.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a bizarre portmanteau: it takes the new hyphen-free version of the original American title and mashes it with the British subtitle, which makes sense for reboot/international purposes. I guess. You guys know about my affection for 1993’s X-COM: UFO Defense (or rather, you should) and while I’ll be there to pick up 2K Marin’s XCOM on day one, let’s be fair, their version isn’t genuine article like this is. I dig that they’re doing it, but mission-based, Mass Effect-esque tactical combat (complete with radial interfaces) dressed in leftover Bioshock attire isn’t exactly what I was rooting for when 2K announced it. While I’m not a huge fan of Enemy Unknown’s provided space marine backed up against a car, there’s not a whole lot to complain about if they’re bringing back the classic macro/micromanagement gameplay from the original games, but now for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. We’ll see more about this in the newest Game Informer magazine which drops on January 10th for non-subscribers. I may even have to drive to a real Gamestop to pick up this magazine.
2K Marin’s XCOM is scheduled out in the next few months while Enemy Unknown is slated for Fall 2012, which places it firmly in NeRDS territory. Ick.
Source: Game Informer