Firaxis Games is Making a New X-COM: Enemy Unknown

Sectoid incoming!

Civilization franchise developer Firaxis Games is remaking X-COM Enemy Unknown, which will be a re-imagination of the old classic turn-based strategy game which was known as UFO: Enemy Unknown in UK, X-COM: UFO Defense in the United States and Japan, and as X-Com: Enemy Unknown on the Sony PlayStation.

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US video game magazine Game Informer revealed Enemy Unknown, saying it “introduces a wider console audience to what made the storied franchise great in the first place”. It launches on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this autumn so it must have been under development for a while now.

Game Informer said “Unlike 2K Marin’s previously announced X-COM 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,”

“X-COM’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 X-COM’s soldiers fire on the battlefield is under the player’s turn-based control.”

Firaxis boss Steve Martin said “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.”

Firaxis’ X-COM will apparently have destructible tactical environments, which will combine a real-time strategic view with turn-based combat.

Below is the classic UFO: Enemy Unknown (X-COM: UFO Defense/X-Com: Enemy Unknown) intro.

Makes me want to play it again. Hopefully the remake will end up good.