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.

Last Updated: March 25, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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