It is no secret that a lot of fans of the X-Com franchise have been very…vocal about the recent direction 2K Marin and THQ have decided to take the series. The reboot simply titled XCOM has been met with scathing opinions since the first video was released. Since then the game has been delayed for a release in Q2 of 2012, and scantly a peep has been heard since.
Well, a new challenger approaches. One that already has a leg up by virture of being a strategy game.
Firaxis Games, famous for pretty much working on the Sid Meiers series of Strategy games, from Alpha Centuri to Civilization V, have been revealed to be making their own XCOM title, aptly named XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The recent Game Informer cover has broken the ice on the new title, which is slated for a fall release this year. Other than the fall release for the Xbox 360, PS3 and the PC, nothing else has been revealed on the title, meaning we will need to wait for Game Informer to come out to learn more. Speculation is already flying on this being a remake of the original game because of the same title, which is very plausible. But, there is no way of knowing for sure.
So to recap for everyone, there will be two XCOM games coming out this year at the moment. One is a reboot that borrows first person shooter and RPG elements combined to make a quasi-tactical experience, while the other is a possible remake of the original title using the same strategy-simulation elements that made it memorable. So other than the fact that both games have likely been in development for at least two years, and they both are based on the same franchise, they are totally different from each other in terms of mechanics and design. Oh boy…
All I can say now is this is going to get interesting this year…very interesting.
|PROS:||Great shooting mechanics, Paintball is fun, Diverse gun selection|
|CONS:||Soundtrack is terrible, game has no story mode|
|WTF:||WTF Text Here|