X-COM: Enemy Unknown Is In Development At Firxaxis

2K Games announced today that Firaxis Games, best known for the Sid Meier’s Civilization series, is developing a new X-COM title, X-COM: Enemy Unknown. Following in the footsteps of the original X-COM and its action strategy gameplay, in Enemy Unknown players will fend off an alien invasion by managing resources, advancing technologies and strategically outmaneuvering your opponents.

For those unaware of X-COM’s lineage it is on a short list of games that are discussed when bringing up the best video games ever made. This pedigree is being respected by Firaxis as demonstrated by Steve Martin, Firaxis president, who noted that “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…We were careful to keep X-COM: 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.”

X-COM: Enemy Unknown is scheduled for a Fall 2012 release and has not yet been rated by the ESRB. Curious to see what happens when a premier strategy game developer resurrects one of the most beloved franchises in gaming history? Me too. It’s only five days into 2012 and I’m already anticipating the fall. C’est la vie.

Written by Justin Spielmann

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