XCOM: Enemy Unknown News

Julian Gollop reveals how the original X-Com was nearly cancelled - twice

As of the year 2000, the X-Com franchise had sold 470,000 games and made just over £1 million smackaroos, creator Julian Gollop revealed at GDC today. Consider that the original cost just £115,000 to make, and it was "a very profitable game" both for Julian Gollop and his brother as well as ye olde publisher Microprose.

But the game that became a legend - and was reincarnated so successfully recently - was nearly cancelled. Twice.

Gollop pitched X-Com to Microprose - his publisher of choice - and the publisher talked it over with him, suggested some alterations and ask that he go away and write a design document for the game.

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown patch makes easy difficulty easier, fixes broken SHIVs

Firaxis has announced the innards of the second patch for superb turn-based strategy game XCOM: Enemy Unknown and confirmed plans to make the easy difficulty easier.

The patch will be released soon for all versions of the game, a post on the 2K Games forum revealed.

The headline fixes tackle roof visibility issues, game hanging problems and SHIV inaccessibility. That last one is particularly welcome - many players have found their SHIVs (small tanks that take the place of soldiers in combat) bugged so that they can't be used.

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First XCOM: Enemy Unknown DLC announced

First XCOM: Enemy Unknown DLC announced

New Council missions! New playable squad character! New character customisation options!

2K Games has announced the first downloadable content for superb turn-based strategy game XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

Two pieces of single-player add-on content will be sold for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the Firaxis-made game.

The first of these is called the Slingshot Content Pack, which includes a new set of linked Council missions. You'll meet an "enigmatic" Triad operative, divert an alien ship's course and battle aliens in the skies over China.

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown release date

XCOM: Enemy Unknown release date

UPDATE: Image of pre-order skins revealed.

Update: 2K has released a picture of the Elite Soldier Pack pre-order models, shown below.

From left to right there's: female Hyperion Armor, Reaper Armor, Heavy Carapace Armor, female Hyperion Armor again, and the original X-COM soldier with a flattop haircut in Reaper Armor.

A desktop wallpaper is available on the 2K Forums.

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First XCOM: Enemy Unknown screens, details

First XCOM: Enemy Unknown screens, details

Firaxis' game "re-imagines" 1994 original.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a "re-imagining" of the original 1994 strategy classic UFO: Enemy Unknown which spawned the XCOM franchise.

According to GameInformer, Firaxis' project shares the same underlying concepts but the gameplay has been comprehensively modernised.

"Firaxis is undeniably streamlining aspects of the game and removing no small amount of micromanagement, but from what I've seen I wouldn't call it 'dumbing down' the game so much as getting rid of tedium and uninteresting mechanics," read the report.

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Firaxis' XCOM: Enemy Unknown announced

Firaxis' XCOM: Enemy Unknown announced

Turn-based strategy game re-imagined by Civilization dev.

Civilization developer Firaxis is making XCOM: Enemy Unknown, a re-imagination of the classic turn-based strategy game.

US 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.

"Unlike 2K Marin's previously announced XCOM 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," Game Informer said.

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