When it comes to pre-orders, Firaxis Games is taking a slightly unusual approach to XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Rather than simply offering everybody the same pre-order goodies, earlybird gamers will get one of a number of bonuses, depending entirely on how many people put money down for the game.
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The new pre-order bonuses for XCOM: Enemy Unknown are offered in three tiers, with each one offering something nifty for fans. We don’t yet know what the magic unlock numbers are, but we do know what’s in store at each level, including some extra bits and pieces for fans of Team Fortress 2:
REWARD 1: Elite Soldier Pack
The Elite Soldier Pack will provide the ultimate tools for soldier customization in XCOM: Enemy Unknown, including:
- Classic XCOM 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.
REWARD 2: Three Exclusive XCOM TF2 Items (plus everything above)
- The Crafty Hair
If you’re ever planning on fighting aliens, this is the hair to have.
- Area 451
If aliens ever invaded Badlands and used their special alien powers to make all of our heads look like alien heads, this is a scientifically accurate representation of what Pyro would look like.
- The Vigilant Pin
This pin proudly states to all that you are at least vaguely aware of the possibility that maybe aliens exist.
If you’re not able to get the game via Steam, you won’t have to miss out completely – ask around your local gaming retailers as the Elite Soldier Pack is available through selected outlets. It’ll be interesting to see how the plan affects pre-orders, however: Will more people jump onboard if it looks more certain they’ll get a free game?