Earlier today, developer 2K announced that its hit turn based tactical game, XCOM 2, will be coming to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this September. Released in early February, XCOM 2 is a direct sequel to 2012’s XCOM: Enemy Unknown, taking place two decades after the series reboot. This comes on the heels of the announcement of June’s Games With Gold, which will feature Enemy Unknown for free on Xbox 360 and Xbox One in the latter half of the month.
XCOM 2 takes place twenty years after the events of the first game, in a world where humanity has been defeated by the alien invaders. The nations of the world abandoned the XCOM Initiative and surrendered to the aliens, leaving the anti-alien task force little more than a guerilla resistance group. Players take the role of the Commander from Enemy Unknown, recently rescued from stasis by XCOM to fight back against Earth’s alien oppressors. Players must fight to learn the truth behind the alien invasion while fighting against the steadily completing Avatar Project, which results in an immediate game over if finished.
XCOM 2 was originally set to be a PC exclusive title, unlike its predecessor, which released on PC and consoles simultaneously. In an interview with IGN last June, Creative Director Jake Solomon suggested that a console release might happen, but never gave an definitive yes or no answer. Then, almost exactly a year later, 2K announced on June 7, 2016 that the game would come to consoles on September 6 of this year. XCOM 2 will come in two editions, the standard edition and the Digital Deluxe Edition, with all DLC for the game. The Digital Deluxe Edition will contain the cosmetic Anarchy’s Children, Alien Hunters, and the yet-to-be released Shen’s gift. Both editions are available for pre-order now.
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