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Sorry gang, South Africa is going to have to wait a little longer for XCOM: Chimera Squad to launch

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The announcement of XCOM: Chimera Squad took the world by surprise. It seems like one of the few high profile games that wasn’t leaked a month before it was announced and considering how beloved and well-regarded the XCOM franchise is, that seems like a miracle in and of itself. Chimera Squad is bringing a whole host of new gameplay additions and enhancements to deliver what looks to be an experience that’s both comfortably familiar but different enough to feel fresh. While the rest of the world can either confirm or deny whether that’s the case, we in South Africa will have to wait a few more days to get our hands on the latest XCOM game because it has unfortunately, not been rated yet.


We discovered the confusion this morning when looking up the game on Steam. Right below the usual banners for trailers and screenshots, you’ll notice a big, menacing warning:

This product is not currently available in your region. XCOM: Chimera Squad is not currently rated in South Africa. We’re working quickly to address this and anticipate that the game will be available in the near future.

Now, we have absolutely no idea why this could be the case, although there does appear to be a backlog at the Film and Publications Board currently. We’ll give you three guesses why.


We reached out to our local distributor for 2K Games to try and figure out when we can expect the rating process to be complete and were told that Chimera Squad should be rated by 28 April, which will give you enough time to still grab the game during its discounted first week.

Sorry everyone, you’ll just have to wait in line for a few days while the rest of the world enjoys the new XCOM.

Last Updated: April 24, 2020


  1. HvR

    April 24, 2020 at 09:15

    This suck so much donkey balls.

    Honestly so gatvol for stupid nonsensical government regulations


  2. Ruan Fourie

    April 24, 2020 at 10:16

    Stupid FPB. Nobody likes them.


  3. Original Heretic

    April 24, 2020 at 10:28

    3 guesses? Ooof, where to start?!

    1) the cows came home too late.
    2) an idiot was involved
    3) that 19 year old asshole did this!


  4. The Dave

    April 24, 2020 at 11:51

    I own the game on Steam, but I’m also busy pirating it. Seems fair to me.


  5. OK Doomer

    April 24, 2020 at 11:05

    I just played it for 3 solid hours and got maybe 20% of the campaign completed – this news may suck, but trust me on this, even though it’s cheaper than usual titles don’t waste your money on Chimera Squad.

    I loved XCOM 2 and have played that for 98 hours in total according to steam. This spin-off though is incredibly repetitive and gets real boring real fast. Every level consists of multiple encounters and each begins with the breach mechanic, but guess what? The breach mechanic is awful, I personally prefer the freedom of movement of XCOM 2 as all the levels are tiny. Cover is destroyed very quickly and then very little is then available, stripping a layer of tactical depth away, when enemy reinforcements inevitably arrive. The writing and voice acting are horrifically plastic, the characters are truly annoying, there is absolutely nothing endearing about any of them. 3 hours in, I really wanted to like this title but have requested a refund through steam. I really hope this is not what we can expect from XCOM 3, whoever made this for Firaxis should be sacked, it’s an insult to the 25th Anniversary of XCOM.


    • MechMachine

      April 24, 2020 at 11:20

      Cool name. Kinda makes sense. All the old school Doom fans are worthy of that title. Myself included.


      • OK Doomer

        April 24, 2020 at 11:24

        I wear it as a badge of honour, being a ballie who was around for the release of the original Doom and have been playing games longer than any YouTube streamer has been alive. Doom Eternal is my GOTY so far, but I reckon Cyberpunk 2077 may very well change that.


  6. WhiteRock

    April 24, 2020 at 12:23

    Or buy it on Humble Bundle


  7. Welhaas

    April 24, 2020 at 13:55

    hmmm. will it work if you use a vpn?


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