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XCOM Unveiled: Humanity Is Under Attack In 2012

Sci-fi fans will revel in the concept, and shooter fans might like the compelling atmosphere.

2K Games has announced XCOM, in development at 2K Marin and coming to the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC on March 6, 2012 (the international release is three days later). Dubbed "a gripping tactical action experience set in mid-century America," the game features "deep, visceral gunplay with powerful sci-fi abilities. In some ways, this is reminding us of last year's Singularity, and that's not a bad thing.

Said 2K president Christophe Hartmann:

"Every time I think of XCOM it gives me the chills, the kind that come from standing witness to the corruption and destruction of your world as you stand powerless to prevent it. Iím pleased to announce today that we will be bringing this experience to an even broader audience when XCOM comes to the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC in March 2012."

XCOM will include a new origin story and players will step into the shoes of Special Agent William Carter. Humanity is facing extinction so they must capture the technology of the invaders if they wish to survive. As one final note of poignancy, the action takes place on our home soil here in the U.S.; a setting that worked extremely well for THQ's Homefront.

More on this promising project when it becomes available.

Related Game(s): XCOM

Tags: xcom, xcom ps3, 2k games, xcom trailer

6/3/2011 10:25:15 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (12 posts)

coverton341
Friday, June 03, 2011 @ 11:06:26 AM
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For some reason, for me, the mixture of generations past and alien or future technology doesn't work well. To me it's like mixing oil and water. I guess fans of older sci-fi films and such will enjoy this though.

Exception to the rule: Resistance. I really liked those games.

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dmiitrie
Friday, June 03, 2011 @ 11:27:22 AM
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I've lurked here for quite a while, but this reminder made me register to leave my thoughts.

It's a well established opinion here that shooters are far too prevalent in this gen, but this game is the ultimate expression of that. X-COM was one of the best turn-based strategy games of it's time, back in the early 90s, and to take a respected franchise like that and turn it into it's complete opposite is quite disheartening. I was sad when I first heard about this last year and I'm even sadder today.

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coverton341
Friday, June 03, 2011 @ 11:30:45 AM

Welcome to the community, and thank you for sharing that. I had no idea that this game was based on an turn-based strategy of old. That leaves a sour taste in my mouth because of the reasons you have stated.

Welcome again and enjoy the stay.

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dmiitrie
Friday, June 03, 2011 @ 12:20:54 PM

Thank you.

Yeah, X-COM actually had 5 games in the series, and was very well respected in its day. If you're a fan of strategy games, you can get them all for around $5 on Steam. The first is very high on my list of all time favs and definitely worth it.

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maxpontiac
Friday, June 03, 2011 @ 12:30:25 PM
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Some of the alien tech looks neat, but with the avalanche of games coming out on the PS3 in the second half of 2011, I might have to pass.

I did get the whole Resistance vibe from that trailer though.

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erislocker
Friday, June 03, 2011 @ 12:41:31 PM
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man...
back in 1992 i was obsessed with Xcom. it was such a phenomenal game!
however, i like how this is more on a first person level, but i, too, am tired of FPS...

maybe they'll be able to find a middle path for this?
xcom:enemy unknown was badass...
i wonder how many people here remember it from the PC area...

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Claire C
Friday, June 03, 2011 @ 1:00:23 PM
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WAAHOOO!

I thought this was an Xbox exclusive. Add it to the list...

=^.^=

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Lawless SXE
Friday, June 03, 2011 @ 8:12:30 PM

It was, and now it's not. 2K following the precedent that they set with Bioshock.

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Gordo
Friday, June 03, 2011 @ 4:32:21 PM
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XCom... With an pedigree based on the likes of Laser Squad, one of the best damn Spectrum 48K games ever made.
(Some of the old UK folks on here may remember it)

Would love a PSP old school version of Xcom or Laser Squad.

Making it a shooter? Well it's like making Valkyria Chronicles a shooter...

The beauty of these games is stopping, thinking and taking your time to strategize.
Take that away and what have you got! (yes a poor mans Call of Duty)

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mindmurderer69
Friday, June 03, 2011 @ 6:31:41 PM
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loved all the x-coms grew up on them aftermath was so so, wasn't all the same but did semi enjoy it the last game i still play is ufo extraterrestrial just like old school x-com but cleaner graphics and your not on earth....i would have to see more footage but from what i see theres no building up your base no building more bases and that with the ability to HUNT DOWN U.F.O's in the air then land and clear. it seems to have eradicated all that i come to expect and love about x-com ufo defense. i have high doubts about this game its like taking mario and putting him in a sonic game, no good or taking masters of orion and turning it into command and conquer not what i expect from the franchise. all it is is now is BlackSite area 51 in a new package

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Lawless SXE
Friday, June 03, 2011 @ 8:16:51 PM
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Sounds interesting, but isn't Bioshock Infinite supposed to be launching around the same time? If it came down to a choice between those two, I know which way I'd go.

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___________
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 7:16:00 AM
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sounds interesting, but im still on the fence with this.

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