PS4 Strategy sequel XCOM 2 is coming to PS4 this autumn

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The sequel to Firaxis’ acclaimed strategy epic lands on 9th September


Just over a year ago, XCOM 2 was announced. To the Firaxis team it was the most exciting day in 2015. We would share the good news with the gaming world that the underdog Game of the Year title (2012’s XCOM: Enemy Unknown) would receive a full-fledged, bona fide sequel. It had become a reality because of the incredible support from our growing XCOM community. We wanted to make the players proud again. All was right… well, almost.

On that day one year ago, and in interviews thereafter, you may have heard a member of the team say, “XCOM 2 is not coming out for consoles.” Somewhere, a DualShock 4 vibration motor stopped working whenever that answer was given.

Every forum post, passionate tweet, Facebook message, and letter about getting XCOM 2 on console was heard loud and clear. We have diehard console-focused fans who let us know in every way possible they wanted to play the game, too. That’s dedication we wouldn’t ignore.

So we’re thrilled to finally fulfill one of the game’s top requests: XCOM 2 will be available for your PlayStation 4 library on 9th September 2016 internationally.

To create the sequel our fans deserved, we needed to continue pushing an under-represented genre with bold design decisions. Improving and innovating the game’s core systems without losing time to implement new changes across multiple platforms meant we could focus on the top priority: gameplay.


We’re incredibly proud of our team and how the game turned out on PC. We know existing XCOM 2 players had a great time with it and we can’t wait to hear what our amazing (and patient) console fans say.

If you were someone so bummed out by the PC-only news that you ignored the coverage of XCOM 2, let’s catch you up on what you’re getting. You play as the Commander of an underground resistance group dedicated to taking back the Earth from its alien occupiers.

If you played XCOM: Enemy Unknown or Enemy Within, we’re sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Earth lost the war. This sets up the unique narrative stage that ties directly into the sequel’s new innovative design of stacking massive odds against the player- and seeing if you can figure out how to overcome them.

XCOM 2 is a behemoth of a game. From a high-level, our open-ended strategy layer offers up interesting player choices that can only be made with the help of your new flying headquarters. Then, you’ll get your soldiers’ hands dirty in the tactical game’s new procedural maps and gameplay, ensuring an unpredictable setting and challenge every mission.


To complement the procedural nature of the game, the visual fidelity has come on in leaps and bounds, allowing for dynamic lighting, weather and time of day. And of course, the basis for an XCOM experience is rooted in meaningful, fun challenges and consequences, which are still fully intact (trust me).

Additionally, when we were working on the PC version, we received extra help from our friends at The Workshop. They hopped into the game and started squashing bugs and other issues alongside our team. So it made sense to have The Workshop handle the move from PC to console, and ensure that XCOM is in good hands.

Both of us have been console gamers all our lives, with countless memories from our collective treasured console libraries. The best games have something new to offer, with a little bit of “soul” embedded in the software itself. That soul is a direct result from a team that cares deeply about a project, and puts in extraordinary effort to give you something you, in turn, will love.

On behalf of our entire team, it is an honour and pleasure to finally bring XCOM 2 to PlayStation 4 on 9th September 2016 internationally. Good luck, Commander.

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This is great news as I am a huge x-com fan
 

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The enemy returns: Firaxis welcomes you to XCOM 2
How the developer revisited past victories to envision a better, deadlier sci-fi sequel

The story behind XCOM 2 is much larger than the time it was actually in development at Firaxis Games.

When we decided to take on the monumental task of developing an XCOM game, we knew that everything started in 1994 with Julian Gollop’s original, X-Com: UFO Defense.

We were well aware and humbled by the impact of the classic game and its impact on the industry when we created XCOM: Enemy Unknown. All of the decisions that went into developing Enemy Unknown in turn impacted the development of XCOM 2. To look at how we created XCOM 2, we have to look at how we adapted UFO Defense.

Taking on the XCOM series has been an exhilarating and wild ride from the beginning. To get it right, we needed to start with a leadership team that slept, ate and breathed XCOM.



Creative Director Jake Solomon’s passion for X-Com: UFO Defense is the reason why he’s in the industry and we knew that he would fight to the death to make sure that the XCOM game we created was faithful to the series legacy.

To make sure everyone on the team felt the magic of the original, every developer sat down and played UFO Defense together.

It was an extraordinarily fun time to be on the project, and was the beginning of this special team collaborating with each of their individual talents. Concurrently, a small team and Art Director Greg Foertsch visualized how XCOM would uphold the spirit Jake was looking for with a modern presentation and sleek aesthetic.



Mechanically, the challenge with Enemy Unknown was deciding how much to carry over from UFO Defense and how much to reinvent. We wanted to put our own stamp on the series, but we had an obligation to deliver a true XCOM experience.

Earlier prototypes saw a more literal translation from the classic game to ours, but lacked the magic that pulled the experience together. It was at this point that the team started to focus more on the “feel” of XCOM.



A player should be fighting an uphill battle throughout their campaign. This is a war where the odds are stacked against you, yet, somehow, you will prevail. Once we figured out the core of the XCOM experience, we felt comfortable adding in new ideas and modernizing game mechanics from the original.

We were floored by the response to Enemy Unknown and were even more excited to continue to develop the series. We felt we found a smart balance between the old and new for Enemy Unknown that fans enjoyed playing, but designing XCOM 2 had a whole different set of challenges. How do we reinvent a game that was a reinvention of a classic?

We really liked the underdog element and wanted to push that further in the sequel. We also saw this as an opportunity to add gameplay elements like procedural generation back into the series.



XCOM 2 couldn’t use the established canon of UFO Defense; we had to start fresh with new ideas to really make the franchise our own and create a true sequel. We found the idea of starting the story after losing the original game incredibly inspiring to build a new world upon. It was a fascinating challenge developing a fresh, but familiar world, polishing the tactical mechanics, and establishing a new open-ended strategy layer.

We tried to push the intensity and visceral nature of the series in all aspects. One of my favorite ways we did this is with the aliens themselves. They embody the bolder direction of the sequel both narratively and artistically.

XCOM 2 sees more terrifying versions of the alien roster whose DNA has been spliced together with humans. The aliens are stronger and smarter. We also shifted the gameplay from the defensive, reactionary style seen in Enemy Unknown to a more offensive one where players are choosing when and how to attack the enemy.



Following XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Enemy Within on the PS3, the team is now ecstatic to continue the franchise on PlayStation 4 with XCOM 2, releasing this week worldwide.

We owe the continuation of the franchise to our dedicated Commanders in the community, and we hope that you’ll join the fray and dive into this world lovingly crafted with strategic depth, adrenaline-pumping moments in combat, and an epic campaign to take back our planet from unwelcome overseers.



If you’re unfamiliar with the massive feature list, please hop on over here to learn more about the game world, and the Season Pass that will be available to extend the XCOM world further.

With the XCOM franchise, we pride ourselves in offering something unexpected. We want you to be surprised. We want you to feel challenged (but also the thrill of victory when you do outsmart the aliens). We want to give you a memory that will stick with you for a while.

On behalf of the XCOM team, good luck.

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I really enjoyed playing the first one but that's because I didn't do it in the true X-Com fashion but on as easy as possible and saving a lot.

So it's highly unlikely I'll purchase this sequel as I'm not sure how much I'd play it through after the first completion despite the fact it does look like an enticing purchase.
 
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