Remember your fallen squad mates in XCOM 2

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People are desperate for any information they can get about XCOM 2. It’s even more frustrating when Firaxis posts a Q&A about the game, getting us all excited, and then most of the info is stuff that we already knew. Give us new info, please! But, we can get some cool details out of this, so it’s not a total loss.

Here is the new video with XCOM 2’s Jake Solomon and Greg Foertsch explaining two elements of the game – the memorial wall and the new premise of the game.

I like the memorial element has been expanded. Players can now add epithets, view pictures of the customized squad member and even a bit of info about them. There is already such an emotional bond with the various characters in the game, it’s nice to have some added memorial options.

We already knew that the change in premise was based on those players who had lost at least one game of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Plenty of people lost the game, whether on higher difficulties or the first time trying it out. So why not embrace this normal occurrence and let players see what would happen afterwards? What I like about this approach is that it turns the experience on its head – this time the humans are the infiltrators, the invaders, and it should make for a compelling new experience. At least, I hope so.

XCOM 2 is coming to PC next year February, so we have plenty of time to kill until we get to play it.

Last Updated: October 5, 2015

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let’s get on with it!

  • Grand Admiral Chief

    This game tops my SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEE-factor list by far

  • Grand Admiral Chief

    4 days after my bday!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Er…. epitaphs… *cough*

    An epithet would be something along the lines of “Here lies Rincethis, single-use meat shield.”

    • Grand Admiral Chief

      At least you don’t need to wonder about any wayward soul sticking around after death

  • I had this cool ability where I never lost a squad mate. Quick Save. 😛

    • HairyEwok

      Playing God I see….

      • And Kromas said “Let there be a reload” and it was so. 🙂

        • Grand Admiral Chief

          Amen

          • And the people did feast upon the lambs, and sloths, and carp, and
            anchovies, and orangutans, and breakfast cereals, and fruit bats, ….

  • Grand Admiral Chief

    Nothing, as in nothing, is worse than losing one of your squad in XCOM

    • HairyEwok

      What about your game crashing and you lose your saved files?

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        I play on PC, no such issue there

    • Witcher Bob

      Agreed, the only thing that drives the knife in even more is if its a high ranking soldier and you’re close to the end of the game. Classic difficulty, XCOM EW, base defence mission – so much went wrong so quickly.

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        Tell me about it. What is even worse than that, is if you have a crappy save, or a save from AAAAAAAAAAAGES ago

  • Guild

    Loved the XCOM series and is definitely on the buy list at launch

  • Solomon Gunn

    I’m not even going to bother watching the video. Either show some gameplay or I’m not interested.

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