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This is the announcement you've been waiting for: One of the most beloved strategy titles of all time re-imagined by one of the best strategy studios in the world. Firaxis Games' XCOM: Enemy Unknown introduces a wider console audience to what made the storied franchise great in the first place.
Unlike 2K Marin's previously announced XCOM shooter, which sparked tempers among longtime fans for turning its back on the series' cerebral roots, this title is a full-on strategy game that puts players in command of a global anti-alien defense force. XCOM's leader needs a worldwide perspective where threats are identified, populations reassured, and national leaders mollified – but a tactical mind is just as critical considering every shot XCOM's soldiers fire on the battlefield is under the player's turn-based control.
"It’s been a dream of ours to recreate X-COM with our unique creative vision. We’re huge fans of the original game and it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to re-envision a game that is as beloved as X-COM," said Steve Martin, president of Firaxis Games. "We were careful to keep XCOM: Enemy Unknown true to the elements that made X-COM such a revered game while delivering an entirely new story and gameplay experience for both die-hard X-COM fans and newcomers to the franchise."
If you're lost, you can find out what all the fuss over the original X-COM is in the in-depth Classic GI feature we printed a few months ago (now available online for the first time), which includes rare insight from series creator Julian Gollop.
The huge feature in February's Game Informer goes into all the gory details of XCOM's destructible tactical environments, the interaction between the real-time strategic view and the turn-based combat, how the XCOM organization improves its capabilities as the war rages on, and much more.
In addition, the February issue has our lengthy love letter to the top 50 games of 2011, an exclusive look at new Mass Effect 3 details, and the final word on Final Fantasy XIII-2 along with all the usual goodies.
Click the images below to see the full-size images of the February cover.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown comes out for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC this fall. Until then, check up on our XCOM hub page all month long as we bring you exclusive new content including video interviews with the team leads and the legendary Sid Meier himself.The February issue of Game Informer should be arriving in mailboxes and newsstands over the next week. If you can't wait for a physical copy, click here to subscribe (or to switch your physical subscription) to our digital edition for when that version goes live on January 10th.
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I had a crazy dream the Mirrors Edge 2 would be on the cover...
*sees xcom* pretty cool, i remember the replay of that one and it looked like something i could get into if it was modernized.
*sees firaxis* TAKE MY MONEY! TAKE IT NOW JUST GIVE ME THIS GAME!!!
steve martin is their president????????
There go my hopes of the next issue being Kingdom Hearts 3, Star Wars Battlefront 3 or Need for Speed Underground 3, heck even Jack & Daxter 4 *sigh!
sounds like a pile of horse crap im sorry but turn-based?/RTS?????
plus idk how reliable the gameplay will be with a wierd mix prob just not my style but sounds really cheap how u manage a force but yet your fighting aliens to find where they hide and attack yet its turn-based or something eh
Wow this was so disappointing. I was expecting something from Rareware. Like KI 3, a new Banjo-Kazooie, or a new Conker game. A reboot to this series was mentioned in 2010, this can't be that shocking really.
A RTS for the cover..........not to crazy about this cover story but still looking forward to GI's Top 50 games i always love this issue
What a brilliant way to start off the year! This may be my favorite announcement in quite awhile.
COOL! Aliens are very popular in movies also,
And I'm thinking the guy in the battle suit is hiding to make an advantage to shoot the alien.
This cover is a f**k, to the yeeeeeaaaah, to the baby!
That's f**k yeeeeeeeaaaah baby!
LOL! I made that up! >D
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Maybe it's because I never played X-Com or something else, but I'm not too interested in this. I do like strategy though, so I'll give it a read, but I'm more interested in the best of the year feature.
I've never been a huge fan of turn based fighting (pokemon being the exception), but I'm intrigued by this game.
I see a potential behind the somewhat bland look of the cover art.... possibl- no... nevermind.
might check it out
Finally, a developer actually listens to the fans! And it's Firaxis, a company that stemmed out of Microprose, which created the original X-Com (and between the two are responsible for the Civilization series). I will definitely be getting this on PC
I am thoroughly excited now. XCOM was a great game. I can't wait to see the new vision for it!
I loved watching GI play that game! It was very cool and I think this is a great choice for a cover.
Talk about setting me up & knocking me down! Lol