X-COM: Enemy Unknown Multiplayer Mode Announced

Firaxis Games is moving the X-COM franchise forward with a new first for the series, a one on one death match mode. You’ll be able to put together a squad of soldiers and aliens.  Squads are built with a selectable point cap system and matches are played with a modifiable point limit or time limit per turn.

It’s sounding pretty exciting as you’ll essentially be playing an X-COM experience against a real person using humans, aliens or a combination of both.  The X-COM hallmark fog of war applies in the new mode as well, meaning you won’t know where your enemy is on the battlefield until you directly encounter them.  The possibilities here are really exciting for an X-COM vet like myself.  Being able to add aliens to your squad and use their special abilities in battle opens up a whole new layer of strategy.

Pre-order bonuses have also been detailed including an Elite Soldier Pack for the consoles which will give you “top-of-the-line” customization features.  A Special Edition has also been announced for the PC only.  PC only?  Boooo!  I want my art book, and soundtrack! Either way, X-COM: Enemy Unknown is coming to North America October 9th and the rest of the world October 12th and it can’t get here fast enough.

Full press release follows:

Command an Unlikely Alliance of Aliens and Soldiers Against Another Player in XCOM®: Enemy Unknown Multiplayer Deathmatch Mode

Intense head-to-head, turn-based deathmatch multiplayer lets players command squad of soldiers, aliens, or both

New York, NY – August 10, 2012 2K Games announced today that XCOM®: Enemy Unknown, the highly anticipated action-strategy game from Firaxis Games, will include a unique multiplayer game mode featuring a one-on-one deathmatch against another player for the first time in an XCOM game. Players will be able to pick a squad of soldiers, aliens or even combine a squad of both unit types to create the ultimate mixed squad to command in battle.

“Throughout the history of the XCOM series, players have acted as the world’s last hope against the alien invasion,” said Jake Solomon, lead designer of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. “With the multiplayer mode in XCOM: Enemy Unknown, gamers can finally find out what it’s like to command alien units and unleash extraterrestrial destruction on Planet Earth or defend it with a squad of XCOM soldiers and alien allies.”

Multiplayer in XCOM: Enemy Unknown draws on the gameplay, tactics and strategy of the single-player experience without making any direct ties to the narrative, offering a standalone opportunity for gamers to enjoy the XCOM universe. Players can mix and match both alien and soldier units to comprise their squad, outfitting soldiers with dozens of armor types, weapons, items and class-based abilities for thousands of possible loadout combinations. These dream squads of up to six units are built using a point cap that can be scaled for players to fight in small skirmishes all the way up to epic battles. Matches can be modified by point limit or time limit per turn. Just like the single-player experience, the fog of war will conceal your enemy’s units until you encounter them on the battlefield, creating the tense anticipation that is the hallmark of the XCOM series.

Gamers can get in on the action early by pre-ordering XCOM: Enemy Unknown from participating retailers to guarantee access to the Elite Soldier Pack, a launch bonus offering top-of-the-line soldier customization features. This limited-time bonus gives players the ultimate tool for soldier customization, including Soldier Deco packs, complete color customization and a classic XCOM soldier, flat top included. There will also be a special edition of XCOM: Enemy Unknown available exclusively for PC at retail locations that contains a copy of the game for PC and a number of unique XCOM items, including an art book; fold-out poster of the XCOM headquarters; XCOM insignia patch; and a collection of digital bonus assets such as desktop wallpaper, soundtrack and more. To pre-order now, visit http://www.xcom.com/enemyunknown/preorder.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be available for Windows PC, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system in North America on October 9, 2012 and internationally on October 12, 2012. XCOM: Enemy Unknown is rated M for Mature by the ESRB. For more information, please visit www.xcom.com. For the latest news and information on XCOM: Enemy Unknown, become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/XCOM.

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Written by Josh Langford

Josh Langford

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