XCOM: Enemy Unknown coming to iOS

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From the very first time I sat down to play Firaxis’  delightful and terribly stressful XCOM: Enemy Unknown reboot, I thought it would be the perfect fit for the iPad; because if there’s one thing better than killing aliens, it’s killing aliens while you’re on the toilet. It’s happening, so expect to experience a great deal of numb-legged pins-and-needles in the near future.

Revealed at Pax East this weekend, Firaxis said the game would be coming to Apple’s tablets and smartphones later this year. the good news is that the game will be ported completely intact, with not a single feature or mechanic missing. It’ll also include the Elite Soldier DLC and, naturally, be optimised for touch-screen.

“All the tactical, strategic gameplay that you have experienced on the PC and consoles has now been optimized for iOS devices,” said Firaxis’ enigmatic Jake Solomon.

As a fully-featured game, it’ll be getting a fully-featured price. We don’t quite know what that is yet, but it’s probably not going to be 99c.

“It’s going to be priced appropriately for what it is. It’s going to be a premium price point. It is the game. It is the full game,” Solomon told Joystiq, adding that the game won’t feature any dreaded in-app purchases.

There’s no Android version planned, but the idea hasn’t been ruled out.

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Last Updated: March 25, 2013

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  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    Always the love on IOS. *sigh* Why are devs so scared of Droid?

    • AndriyP

      Its not the Droid they looking for?

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        I lol’d

    • It’s because iOS devices are much, much more homogenous, whereas droid devices are developed by a multitude of companies, each with vastly differing specs. There’s an astounding level of fragmentation, which is the downside of it being such an open platform. .

      While it wouldn’t be hard to get running on android, getting it running right on every single capable droid device is quite an endeavour.

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        Guess you have a point *Admits that that’s where IOS has an edge over Android*

        Curse you logic!

      • Indeed, But I see more and more Mobile games are coming out with graphics options too. Which I guess can maybe help in the deployment to driods

        • I think you’re right – and treating droid development more like PC dev and making things scalable is the way to go; unfortunately, it adds a lot of dev time and expense – with no guarantees of returns, especially with the ridiculous ease and widespread proliferation of piracy on the platform. (not that Piracy isn;t an issue on iOS either)


          • Piracy on Mobile is one of the things that I find Horribly infuriating because it’s making that companies go in the ‘Freemium’ direction and man I hate Freemium games.

            In terms of dev times, indeed it does add a lot of time to development and there is a High Risk involved which is why you would hardly see Android only releases. games like Chaos Rings (btw, Is an utterly breath taking game, sorry for advertising lol) and other SE games all appear on Ios first and then gets ported to Android, which I guess mitigates some of the risk

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        Pfff, just make it work on Samsung, cuz that is the ONLY Android platform I am interested in 😛

      • FoxOneZA

        Nope they don’t have to get it to work on every platform. They’ll just leave the irrelevant ones out like with Vice City.

    • Deon Steyn

      It will come eventually. Most of the popular IOS software does.

  • TriangularRoom

    Genius. The game seems well suited to touch screen play.

  • wish I could play this on my S3 🙁 looks too sweet

  • Loving this game, but I need to take a break after I lost two of my best units… Sigh…

    • AndriyP

      There is no time for mourning soldier!!!

    • Andre116

      You lost 2 units?? I took 5 veterans into battle last weekend and 4 came back in body bags. War is hell.

      • I don’t like to lose anything. I wanted to beat the game with no units lost… apparently that’s impoosible.

  • Uberutang

    Tried it on pc, felt like a touch optimized game that was ported to PC.
    Guess I was not far wrong.

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    I still need to get this game, dammit!

    • Andre116

      You absolutely need to make a plan to get this. I have not been this invested in a games since ME3. I bought it on Friday and have not seen sunlight since today.

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        Lemme know if you see it on special somewhere

  • Andre116

    Finally bought this game this weekend after the price dropped a bit. (R365 for xbox at BT games’s online store). I have not really seen sunlight this weekend. Awesome game. I’d highly recommend it.

  • truthbetold

    None of my soldiers have ever died. I mastered the strategy of save and load with the first xcom.

    • Lupus

      You’ve got to man up soldier and play it on Iron Man and Classical skill level then. I almost lost an entire squad in one mission and it was the third or fourth 🙁

  • OVG

    It will be in my 360 Library but just to many games and to little time. The next gen can wait another 6 years.

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