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Published on January 6th, 2012 | by Cameron Woolsey

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Revealed

2K Games announced today that Firaxis Games is developing XCOM: Enemy Unknown, an action strategy title scheduled to release late 2012. The press release says XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be “instantly recognisable to fans of the original X-COM, while breaking new ground in strategy games for today’s console and Windows PC gamers.”

So who says complaints don’t get you anything? XCOM‘s shooter turnaround drew a lot of fire from fans of the classic X-COM: UFO Defense which came out for PC in 1993. Hell, even the name “Enemy Unknown” is taken from the game’s original title, UFO: Enemy Unknown, before it was shipped to the United States and Japan. Now how’s that for fan service?

The game will use elements of deep strategy and tactical combat where players are in complete control of a secret paramilitary organization known as XCOM.

“We’re looking forward to building upon the core gameplay experiences that fans of the original X-COM love, while introducing the franchise to a new generation,” said Sarah Anderson, senior vice president of marketing for 2K. “With Firaxis’ XCOM: Enemy Unknown and 2K Marin’s upcoming XCOM, 2K Games will be offering two different gameplay experiences drawing from the classic X-COM universe. Each game offers a unique XCOM experience in different genres, as envisioned by two different studios with unique creative visions.”

“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.”

Details at the time are scarce, but those of you who are eager for some juicy tidbits need only wait for the February 2012 edition of Game Informer which will feature everything you need to know about the game.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be available to purchase on Windows PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 later this year.

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