Following a brief tease about “Advent” last week, 2K Games has officially revealed that the rebooted strategic alien hunting simulator that captured hearts and minds (and sectoids), XCOM: Enemy Unknown, will be getting a sequel this year. XCOM 2 will officially bring back the heart wrenching disappoint you’ll feel when you lose a soldier – along with the disappointment of possibly not being able to play it at all.
That’s because this turn-based sequel will be coming exclusively to PC in November – despite the original and subsequent expansion seeing simultaneous releases on console. The tables have turned in the fight against the earthly invaders too. XCOM 2 is set in a utopian future – but not one where humans won the war.
The XCOM Administration will have to fight from the underground against the Advent Government – meaning that the aliens will have the technological upper hand this time. The sequel will return with gruelling turn-based combat, where unpredictable combat scenarios will keep you on your toes and scrutinising every move you make.
Details are rather thin on other gameplay elements, such as whether base building will return, and the extent of upgradable gear and soldiers. More will probably be revealed in a few weeks at E3 too – where we’ll also hopefully be able to get our hands on it.
Enemy Unknown was critically acclaimed, and for good reason. XCOM is one of the standout strategy franchises in the industry today, and Firaxis have proved twice now that they know exactly what they’re doing with it. I for one can’t wait for November.
Last Updated: June 2, 2015