2K Games announces that XCOM: Enemy Unknown is now available in North America via retail and Steam, and Firaxis' action/strategy will be available internationally on October 12th. Some screenshots and a launch trailer support the release, and a playable demo of the Windows edition was released a couple of weeks ago on Steam (an Xbox 360 demo is likewise available, while a PS3 demo is still in the works). Here's word:
2K Games and Firaxis Games announced today that XCOM®: Enemy Unknown is now available in North America and will be available internationally on October 12, 2012 for Windows PC, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. The game already has critics raving, with Game Informer stating that XCOM: Enemy Unknown is “a singular achievement that every gamer deserves to experience” and rating the game 9.5 out of 10, earning “Game of the Month” honors in the November 2012 issue.
“XCOM: Enemy Unknown revives the XCOM franchise, staying true to what fans loved in the original game while evolving and growing the experience to appeal to all gamers,” said Sarah Anderson, senior vice president of marketing for 2K. “Combining intense action and strategy, XCOM: Enemy Unknown is an experience unlike any other on the market, and one that no gamer will want to miss.”
Gamers who pre-ordered XCOM: Enemy Unknown and those who purchase the game for a limited time at launch will receive the launch bonus which includes the Elite Soldier Pack. The Elite Soldier Pack will provide the ultimate tools for soldier customization in XCOM: Enemy Unknown, including:
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 fully modernized.
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.
A special edition of XCOM: Enemy Unknown for Windows PC (MSRP $59.99) will be available at participating retail locations. This special edition will contain a copy of the game for Windows 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. A digital version of XCOM: Enemy Unknown can be purchased from participating digital retailers for MSRP $49.99.
On my second game after making a few huge base development blunders and loving this game more every mission. I haven't had this much fun with a turn based tactical game in years. That JA remake was fun but not as griping as this, not by a long shot.
I am at my first panic mission again and this one I actually have a chance of survival. The last game I was out numbered and swarmed by Chrysalids with conventional weapons and armor.
This time the mission came even earlier than last game but it auto skipped the tutorial part. I have bought Squad Size I & II, Wet Work, and Rapid Recovery. I'm waiting on the damned Satellite Uplink to finish so I can save South America. I notice two countries hit Panic Level Orange much quicker in this game. Then after my third UFO Crash Site mission it triggered the Panic Level of three nations to RED.
With a squad of six you can bring along some fodder... I mean new recruits to run ahead and collect civilians. This game is so good I am already hoping they have an add-on or larger DLC in the works. So very happy I got it for the PC too. The community should be able to tweak the gameplay.
Besides the wonky camera not being free to rotate my only complaint now is the aliens shooting through terrain. I have had one trooper pull it off but the aliens have us at about twenty to one when it comes to landing those impossible shots.