New XCOM: Chimera Squad game targets April 2020 release

2K and Firaxis Games have announced a new game, XCOM: Chimera Squad, continuing the story five years after XCOM 2.

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A few years after Firaxis Games closed the book on XCOM 2 with the stellar War of the Chosen expansion, Firaxis and 2K are ready to return to the franchise with XCOM: Chimera Squad, and it’s coming sooner than you might expect. The game was revealed today and it’s been set with a launch date in late April 2020.

Firaxis and 2K Games announced XCOM: Chimera Squad on April 14, 2020 via a press release and announcement and gameplay trailers. Set five years after the final events of XCOM 2, XCOM: Chimera Squad is not a DLC or true sequel, but rather a standalone entry in the series set to launch on April 24, 2020 on Steam. The war between Earth and its invaders has ended, leaving a shaky peace between humans and the alien races once under the hostile ADVENT regime. In City 31 where humans and alien species tumultuously coexist, players will take control of the Chimera Squad, a group of human and alien soldiers who work tirelessly to keep the peace and maintain trust among all sides, even as unknown underground forces work to drive the city towards panic, chaos, and anarchy.

XCOM: Chimera Squad will play out with the tactical strategic depth found in previous modern XCOM games with the addition of several new factors that set it apart. For one, the characters are static this time. Instead of random recruits, you take control of a named crew of humans and aliens each with their own personalities, specialties, and abilities. Each operative is critical in some way or another to the game and losing even one of them to death in combat will be unacceptable.

To that end, you have new ways to engage both inside and outside combat. XCOM’s battles feature a new Breach mode in which you will choose where to place your operatives in missions, giving them various bonuses or disadvantages, including some special breach points like air vents that only snake-like vipers like Agent Torque can access. Choosing who goes where can give you a leg up in the fight before it has even begun.

Meanwhile, outside the combat, you’ll engage in various aspects of investigation and planning as you fight to keep the peace in city sectors. This includes sending agents on patrols, tasks and investigations to acquire information or settle turmoil in city sectors, purchasing special equipment from the shady underground Scavenger’s Market, and completing everything from special missions to uncover hidden intel to general goodwill missions to keep city districts from falling into anarchy. As with any XCOM game, you can’t do it all in Chimera Squad's campaign, but balancing the city’s conflicting attitudes district to district as you uncover the forces pushing it towards collapse will be key to the Chimera Squad’s victory and peace between humans and their new alien neighbors.

With XCOM: Chimera Squad launching at the end of this month, it will come in at a special deal price of $9.99 on Steam as Firaxis and 2K Games celebrate this launch and the support fans have given to the series. After May 1, the price will rise up to a still palatable $19.99. For everything shown in the game so far, it looks like a promising offering that will continue the pedigree Firaxis has shown since taking over the modern XCOM franchise so far. Stay tuned for more details and further coverage on XCOM: Chimera Squad as we prepare to gear up with humans and aliens against a common enemy on April 24 in this newest update to the 2020 gaming calendar.

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    April 14, 2020 7:06 AM

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      April 14, 2020 7:10 AM

      OMG

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      April 14, 2020 7:12 AM

      Is this... more XCOM???

      https://youtu.be/aZnpl3hWfVM

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      April 14, 2020 7:13 AM

      This looks great. What I'd expect from an XCom Lite game.

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        April 14, 2020 7:32 AM

        I dunno, doesn’t look “lite” in terms of tactical gameplay.

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          April 14, 2020 7:34 AM

          I mean, it gets you into the heart of action of the tactical part of XCom much faster. The stages don't look as big so the several turns you spend on the careful approach aren't there, and now with intermixed turns between you and enemy, it should move things faster.
          Tactical goodness (and thus missing at a range of 1 :) is still there.

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            April 14, 2020 7:48 AM

            It appears to have a “staging” phase with the Breach action, instead of wandering around scouting. That’s it’s own kind of strategy, which will be a nice layer. That kind of Rainbow 6 pre-mission planning thing is always a fun time.

            I like that city Unrest system too. More dramatic than just random events happening all over the globe and a general threat level (which was sort of a fake mechanic anyways). Hopefully this’ll have more teeth to it. Probably could, if it’s a shorter campaign. So you get specific, individual character units and higher stakes threat rolled into a smaller package with lower time commitment per campaign. That’s a trade-off I can get behind. It worked very well for something like Mutant Year Zero.

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              April 14, 2020 7:51 AM

              Yeah, the City Unrest thing makes me feel this they want this to be a game you play over and over in a roguelike-ish manner, with random events/etc. (in the same way XCOM has always been, but more like a 5-6hr game than a 20hr one). And potentially looks like a Switch-targetting game too if it does well.

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                April 14, 2020 8:06 AM

                No doubt it’ll be on consoles at some point....although goddamn, the load times for WotC on PS4 were nuts.

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                April 14, 2020 1:50 PM

                I hope the randomized maps are still in, the most important part of replayability IMO

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                  April 14, 2020 2:54 PM

                  I’m kind of thinking maybe they’re not in this one, from the fact that you get a mission fail if you lose a squad member and that each squad member is a unique character.

                  Like they’re going high stakes repetition over randomized repetition for this. I guess we only have 10 days to find out!!!

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      April 14, 2020 7:30 AM

      Wow!!!! Now I really wish I had a PC . :()

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      April 14, 2020 7:40 AM

      Looks so good heck yes!

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      April 14, 2020 7:40 AM

      $10 for the first week, wow!

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        April 14, 2020 8:25 AM

        I think I'm in for that price!! Good deal

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          April 14, 2020 8:26 AM

          $9.50 at greenmangaming BTW !!

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      April 14, 2020 7:53 AM

      ... a group of human and alien soldiers who work tirelessly to keep the peace and maintain trust among all sides, even as unknown underground forces work to drive the city towards panic, chaos, and anarchy...

      Huh. Kinda like X-COM: Apocalypse?

      ...a new Breach mode in which you will choose where to place your operatives in missions...

      Kinda like X-COM: Apocalypse?

      ...keep the peace in city sectors. This includes sending agents on patrols, tasks and investigations to acquire information...

      Huh, that sorta sounds like X-COM:Apocalypse.

      Fuck it. I'm in.

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      April 14, 2020 8:31 AM

      Holy fucking shit yes

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      April 14, 2020 1:31 PM

      Awesome! Here is the "XCOM: Chimera Squad - Game Reveal Trailer"

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZnpl3hWfVM

      Gonna be good!

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        April 14, 2020 1:37 PM

        Hmmm... doesn't really tell us much other than

        A) Mood/tone aesthetic design principle
        B) This is a small team, small budget game.

        I'm actually a little less excited now. :/

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          April 14, 2020 1:40 PM

          I feel you and agree but it's more XCOM and the combat and systems look solid. LOL, I guess beggars can't be choosy :) will see hey, fingers crossed.

          For $9 though you really can't go wrong.

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          April 14, 2020 2:13 PM

          Gameplay Overview: https://youtu.be/39fhpegVBQQ

          Interleaved turns looks to be the biggest difference from recent XCOM.

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      April 14, 2020 1:39 PM

      Spiritual sequel to Xcom:Apocalypse?

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