2K announces another XCOM remake

2012 just got even more confusing, with 2K Games announcing yet another game based on the X-COM franchise. Perhaps developed in response to the lukewarm reaction received by the FPS re-imagining, XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a return to the game’s original strategy roots – and to illustrate just how seriously 2K takes the project, one of the world’s best RTS studios is onboard.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

...all we've seen of the game to date.

Firaxis Games, the team behind Sid Meier’s Civilization franchise has signed up for development duties, with the action-strategy title promised some time in the second half of 2012 for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

Steve Martin, president of Firaxis is a little pleased:

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. 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.

Even ignoring the remarkably similar name, XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be “instantly recognisable” to fans of the original game. Packed full of intense tactical combat plus deep strategy, you find yourself in control of a secret paramilitary organisation (that’d be XCOM, of course). Your task is simple: Defend against the encroaching alien invasion. That’s about it, really – and you can do that by developing new technologies, crafting new combat strategies, managing your ever-dwindling resources and plotting tactics for individual units.

Sarah Anderson, senior vice president of marketing for 2K explains:

We’re looking forward to building upon the core gameplay experiences that fans of the original X-COM love, while introducing the franchise to a new generation. With Firaxis’ XCOM: Enemy Unknown and 2K Marin’s upcoming XCOM, 2K Games will be offering two different gameplay experiences drawing from the classic X-COM universe. Each game offers a unique XCOM experience in different genres, as envisioned by two different studios with unique creative visions.

Starting afresh with an all-new invasion story, technologies and enemies, Firaxis is taking a respectful approach, hopefully soothing those nerves still jangled by the earlier announcement that 2K Marin‘s XCOM would be an FPS.

…and if all of this is still a bit much, prompting a nostalgic desire to revisit the real game, head to Steam and snap up all five of the original games for a little over $5. Today only, hop to it!

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