XCOM: Enemy Unknown is 'reimagining' of 1994 game

By Steve Watts, Jan 09, 2012 12:30pm PST

Firaxis gave us a pleasant New Year's surprise last week with the announcement of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and now more details are slowly dripping out about the classic-styled real-time strategy game. The game is a reimagining of the original XCOM, taking place before the upcoming XCOM shooter.

Game Informer shares the details and a few screens. The game promises the same core concepts of the 1994 original, but tweaked in subtle ways like soldier stats. Firaxis is also streamlining aspects to remove micromanagement, but core aspects like permanent death and fog of war are still present.

The game's turn-based tactical view spans the globe, tracking abductions and managing resources and upgrades to stop them. When a transport arrives at an abduction site, it switches to a real-time view to command the squad of soldiers.

Much of the game is still shrouded in mystery, but any info seems to serve as welcome news to those who feared the shooter game being developed by 2K Marin would spell the end of the classic XCOM series.

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