Adding to a franchise revival that also includes a series-departure FPS, renowned strategy game developer Firaxis is developing a new XCOM
strategy title for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
The new project, XCOM: Enemy Unknown
, has more in common with the original X-COM
turn-based strategy games than 2K Marin's controversial XCOM
first-person shooter re-imagining that is due to ship in March.
fans criticized that reboot of the 18-year-old franchise since its unveiling in 2010, accusing the BioShock
developer of creating an experience that bears little resemblance to the vision of series co-creator Julian Gollop.
Firaxis, maker of the acclaimed Sid Meier's Civilization
games, will combine a "real-time strategic view" with turn-based combat in its upcoming game, and will allow players to once again take command of "a global anti-alien defense force."
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
, which takes its subtitle from X-COM
's first European release, will be the first strategy entry for the seminal series since 1997's X-COM: Apocalypse
. It will release this fall, according to
consumer magazine Game Informer.
"It's been a dream of ours to recreate X-COM
with our unique creative vision," said Firaxis president Steve Martin. "We're huge fans of the original game, and it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to re-envision a game that is as beloved as X-COM.
"We were careful to keep XCOM: Enemy Unknown
true to the elements that made X-COM
such a revered game while delivering an entirely new story and gameplay experience for both die-hard X-COM
fans and newcomers to the franchise."