2K Games first revealed XCOM 2 as a PC exclusive this time last year with no guarantee it would come to the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. The publisher and Firaxis Games announced Tuesday the turn-based tactical strategy game is coming to consoles anyways later this September with an option to purchase all of the DLC released so far, but no mention of mods.
XCOM 2 will take its turn on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 6 in North America and September 9 internationally. This will be a full-priced $60 release, with the currently unpriced Digital Deluxe Edition adding the Resistance Warrior Pack, which includes all paid DLC releases so far.
Firaxis and 2K Games have partnered with the Workshop to bring XCOM 2 to consoles. Firaxis Games is a relatively small studio with a focus on PC, so it makes sense to partner with another developer experienced with console development. The Workshop previously worked on the console port of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, helped Bethesda develop The Evil Within, and created the Borderlands 2 DLC Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage.
There’s no word from the publisher or developer on if the console version of the strategy game will support mods. Part of the reason Firaxis Games launched only on the PC was due to a big focus on supporting the mod community, which helped the popularity of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Bethesda Softworks recently added support for mods in Fallout 4, but there’s no guarantee the same will come for XCOM 2.
For those not aware, XCOM 2 takes place 20 years after the events of the first game. The aliens have won control of Earth and the XCOM organization has been driven underground. The aliens use the Advent government to the control humanity for their own ends.
This flips the script and makes the human-controlled XCOM the invading force, with the aliens defending their established positions across the globe. Players will still find that they are hampered by limited resources and are out-gunned by the enemy.
This naturally brings a number of gameplay changes, but one of the most welcome was the addition of procedurally-generated levels. This provides a different experience with each play through. Other changes include new soldier classes, increased customization options, more alien enemies, and more stealth options available for combat.
Xbox One owners with an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription interested in trying out the original XCOM: Enemy Unknown will have the opportunity to get the game for free between June 16 and June 30. The Xbox 360 title was recently added to the backwards compatibility list and is part of this month’s Games with Gold promotion.
“Firaxis has successfully enhanced the XCOM franchise, as XCOM 2 has earned both massive critical and fan acclaim,” Matt Gorman, the vice president of marketing for 2K, said in a press release. “Many console gamers have been vocal about bringing XCOM 2 to their platforms, and now they can look forward to joining the resistance this September.”
“The incredible reception of XCOM 2 has been rewarding and humbling for the team, and we’ve known console fans have been clamoring to play the game too,” said Jake Solomon, the creative director of XCOM 2 at Firaxis Games. “As avid console players ourselves, we’re excited to work with The Workshop to bring XCOM 2 to all of our fans.”
Players who pre-order XCOM 2 will also receive the Resistance Warrior Pack, offering additional soldier customization options such as bonus outfits, headgear, and custom facial war paint. The Resistance Warrior Pack also includes a “Survivor of the Old War,” a new XCOM recruit who will appear in the Avenger’s barracks. Additionally, players who pre-order the XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe Edition will receive the XCOM 2 Reinforcement Pack, which includes all paid XCOM 2 DLC along with the base game and Resistance Warrior Pack.
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