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True X-COM Sequel: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Revealed

GameInformer unveils XCOM: Enemy Unknown is the cover story of the next issue of their print magazine, revealing Firaxis is at work on a true continuation of the beloved strategy series, as opposed to the X-COM-based first-person shooter that's also now in the works (thanks briktal). They say the game is due for Windows PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, this fall, and while they are withholding "gory details of XCOM's destructible tactical environments, the interaction between the real-time strategic view and the turn-based combat, how the XCOM organization improves its capabilities as the war rages on, and much more," from the magazine, they do offer a bit on the game:

Unlike 2K Marin's previously announced XCOM shooter, which sparked tempers among longtime fans for turning its back on the series' cerebral roots, this title is a full-on strategy game that puts players in command of a global anti-alien defense force. XCOM's leader needs a worldwide perspective where threats are identified, populations reassured, and national leaders mollified – but a tactical mind is just as critical considering every shot XCOM's soldiers fire on the battlefield is under the player's turn-based control.

"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."

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45. Re: True X-COM Sequel: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Revealed Jan 6, 2012, 08:46 Prez
 
Des wrote on Jan 6, 2012, 04:09:
This is great news. I adored the original games, and I think remakes should keep as close to the format of the originals as possible IMHO.

Now all I want is a studio to do this very same thing with Syndicate. We are gerting some FPS shit remake, now we need the real top down perspective remake! Please please please....

While others say Syndicate's action/strategy slant lends itself better to a FPS, I agree with you that a true remake would keep the same perspective as the original. That's not to say I'm not interested in the new one, but I'd rather have a true remake.
 
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44. Re: True X-COM Sequel: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Revealed Jan 6, 2012, 07:02 Ray Ban
 
Des wrote on Jan 6, 2012, 04:09:
This is great news. I adored the original games, and I think remakes should keep as close to the format of the originals as possible IMHO.

Now all I want is a studio to do this very same thing with Syndicate. We are gerting some FPS shit remake, now we need the real top down perspective remake! Please please please....


Here you go: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/09/21/paradox-announce-cartel-interview/
 
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43. Re: True X-COM Sequel: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Revealed Jan 6, 2012, 04:09 Des
 
This is great news. I adored the original games, and I think remakes should keep as close to the format of the originals as possible IMHO.

Now all I want is a studio to do this very same thing with Syndicate. We are gerting some FPS shit remake, now we need the real top down perspective remake! Please please please....
 
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42. Re: True X-COM Sequel: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Revealed Jan 6, 2012, 02:13 Prez
 
The PS1 X-COM was awesome. They even released a PS1 mouse that worked amazingly well with it. I'd go so far to say that the console version was actually superior to the PC version.

At any rate, there's simply no arguing that X-COM isn't among the best games ever made as far as I'm concerned.
 
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41. Re: True X-COM Sequel: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Revealed Jan 6, 2012, 01:02 Jerykk
 
Also lol at "The original was on the Playstation", that's almost insulting there was no Playstation in 1993

The PSX port was released in 1995.

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40. Re: True X-COM Sequel: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Revealed Jan 5, 2012, 23:49 Warrax
 
This is very good news indeed, I'm a big fan of the first XCOM and I definitely have good memories of this game.

Also lol at "The original was on the Playstation", that's almost insulting there was no Playstation in 1993
 
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39. Re: True X-COM Sequel: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Revealed Jan 5, 2012, 22:45 ASeven
 
Prez wrote on Jan 5, 2012, 22:35:
Secondly, I think those dissing Firaxis are insane. They make great games. Period.

I was of that opinion until Civ V. Now I'm just cautious with Firaxis, no harm being cautious.

 
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38. Re: True X-COM Sequel: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Revealed Jan 5, 2012, 22:35 Prez
 
Firstly, I couldn't disagree any more with anyone who thinks X-COM isn't among the best games ever made. Secondly, I think those dissing Firaxis are insane. They make great games. Period.  
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37. Re: True X-COM Sequel: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Revealed Jan 5, 2012, 18:23 ASeven
 
After Civ V my expectation for this new X-com is far less than it should be. Civ V left a bitter taste in my mouth, I put it as the worst Civ in the series. If it's the same guys doing the new X-com then I won't be as excited for this as I should be.  
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36. Re: True X-COM Sequel: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Revealed Jan 5, 2012, 17:56 jdreyer
 
JaguarUSF wrote on Jan 5, 2012, 15:17:
jdreyer wrote on Jan 5, 2012, 14:54:
Has anyone played UFO Afterlight?

My 5/8 review.

Thanks, Jaguar!
 
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35. Re: True X-COM Sequel: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Revealed Jan 5, 2012, 16:54 Fletch
 
Every attempt to "recreate" or "re-imagine" X-Com has been done by developers who all claimed to be "huge fans of the original game", and every attempt has sucked, imho. I don't know why developers are so thick-headed as to think they can change so much about a beloved, classic PC game and expect it to be received well by gamers who have largely only been asking for "X-Com with updated graphics". Why do you need to fucking "recreate" it? We want "X-Com with updated graphics". If you change the gameplay and/or genre, then it's "Something Else with updated graphics". Why is that so hard to understand?

I was excited (again) that someone was making another X-Com game, but disappointed to see it will be yet another console port. I have yet to see a PC game that wasn't less (or MUCH less) than it could/should have been due to concessions made for the console version, and I have no doubt this will be any different. I really hope I'm wrong, but I'm not falling for the hype this time.

 
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34. Re: True X-COM Sequel: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Revealed Jan 5, 2012, 15:47 Prez
 
UFO Afterlight was pretty good, but it wasn't X-COM. I'd have rated it higher than Jag (I guess a 6/8 on his goofy scale! :)) but that's me. It's biggest downside for this X-COM fanatic is that it's just enough like X-COM beg comparison, and it isn't favorable to Afterlight in most respects. Still, a good game in its own right that needed to rip off X-COM even more.  
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33. Re: True X-COM Sequel: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Revealed Jan 5, 2012, 15:17 JaguarUSF
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 5, 2012, 14:54:
Has anyone played UFO Afterlight?

My 5/8 review.
 
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32. Re: True X-COM Sequel: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Revealed Jan 5, 2012, 15:01 Verno
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 5, 2012, 14:54:
Has anyone played UFO Afterlight? I bought it retail a year ago for $5 somewhere and have yet to crack the plastic (Damn you Steam!). Wondering if it's any good...

I'm curious about this as well, I never did install it shamefully.
 
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31. Re: True X-COM Sequel: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Revealed Jan 5, 2012, 14:54 jdreyer
 
Has anyone played UFO Afterlight? I bought it retail a year ago for $5 somewhere and have yet to crack the plastic (Damn you Steam!). Wondering if it's any good...  
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30. Re: True X-COM Sequel: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Revealed Jan 5, 2012, 14:53 jdreyer
 
Prez wrote on Jan 5, 2012, 14:44:
See? Was that so hard?

Going to be all over every screenshot, every preview, and every interview.

Well, uh, don't build your expectations so high that they can't be met.
 
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29. Re: True X-COM Sequel: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Revealed Jan 5, 2012, 14:44 Prez
 
See? Was that so hard?

Going to be all over every screenshot, every preview, and every interview.
 
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28. Re: True X-COM Sequel: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Revealed Jan 5, 2012, 14:22 Cutter
 
I'd love to see an update of Terror from the Deep. Take place somewhere like Rapture from Bioshock. Now that'd be good times.
 
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27. Re: True X-COM Sequel: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Revealed Jan 5, 2012, 14:07 Trevellian
 
Friend of mine works for Firaxis, sent me a text with a link to this Gameinformer article as soon as it went up

He's a lucky guy. Good time to be working there.
 
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26. Re: True X-COM Sequel: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Revealed Jan 5, 2012, 14:07 Techie714 ©
 
Mikus_Aurelius wrote on Jan 5, 2012, 13:33:
Xcom remade by a AAA studio full of programmers who probably played the original to death in the 90s? Take my money, please.

^^^Excellent Post^^^
 
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