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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:49am 23/05/12 | 10 Comments
Take-Two, parent company of 2K Games and Rockstar has released its quarterly financial report, where a release date for the Firaxis-developed XCOM: Enemy Unknown was revealed, but a delay of over a year for the FPS tactical-RPG entry, XCOM, was also revealed.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be coming to PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 this October 12 in Australia and New Zealand, with a bunch of pre-order deals outlined, including the Elite Soldier Pack which offers "top-of-the-line soldier customization features that will only be available for a limited time". The best news, however, comes in information there will be a PC-specific special edition that "contains a variety of unique XCOM items".

"As we reimagine XCOM, one of our goals is to evolve the experience while recognising what made X-COM one of the greatest PC games to date,” said Sarah Anderson, senior vice president of marketing for 2K (via press release). “It’s important to create an experience that is appealing to both existing fans and newcomers to the world of XCOM, which is what we’re doing with XCOM: Enemy Unknown.”

As for the XCOM FPS delay, which is being handled by 2K Marin, no details were divulged for the lengthy delay other than we'd be seeing it sometime between April 2013 and March 2014.





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Tollaz0r!
Posted 11:27am 23/5/12
I was really enthusiatic about this game. Over the past few months I've had increasing feelings of unease about it.

quotes such as:

"As we reimagine XCOM, one of our goals is to evolve the experience while recognising what made X-COM one of the greatest PC games to date,” said Sarah Anderson, senior vice president of marketing for 2K (via press release). “It’s important to create an experience that is appealing to both existing fans and newcomers to the world of XCOM, which is what we’re doing with XCOM: Enemy Unknown.”


scare me, as usually they are attached to games that thoroughly underdeliver. To me more Buzz-words means a higher chance of crap. Hopefully they prove me wrong.

dranged
Posted 12:31pm 23/5/12
I'm with you Tol. As you say, any info that gets out is highly "marketing-ized" and barely any significant footage of the actual gameplay exists..

Maybe it's just really polished. I tend to get put off by hyper marketing just like you, but, surely there would be a very large existing user base of old cronies who would pick the game up in an instant? I mean diablo III sold tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands? of copies even before it was released?

The video interviews of their dev shop do seem convincing however about their familiarity about 'what made it great'. I'm hopeful.

last edited by dranged at 12:31:14 23/May/12
ArchetypE
Posted 12:30pm 23/5/12
Really excited for Enemy Unknown, will be interesting to see how they handle such an old game.
deus
Posted 02:33pm 23/5/12
Get enthusiastic again Tollaz0r! This is just marketer speech doing it's thing and trying to reach every audience. I don't think the game is going to have degraded since the dev diary 2 months ago. I've got faith in this :-)
demon
Posted 02:39pm 23/5/12
they aren't gonna recreate the feeling of the original game with an fps version :|
the footage i have seen so far looks s***house. the aliens looks like a gfx glitch.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 03:52pm 23/5/12
demon, there are 2 versions;
1. The crappy, incorrect and totally repulsive FPS version.
2. The proper version, which will hopefully be almost as great as the original. I highly doubt it will be as great, simply because it was so awesome.

Dazhel
Posted 04:01pm 23/5/12
That's what's so confusing. :(
The FPS version can go disappear down a hole to be quite honest, whereas the turn based tactical remake shows promise.
It has big shoes to fill, but I'm optimistic, even if it gets most of the way there to recreating the XCOM experience, that's a big plus.
Khel
Posted 04:17pm 23/5/12
I kinda like the vibe of the FPS game, the whole 50's FBI guys hunting down aliens kind of thing, it might fare better though if it wasn't trying to be part of the X-Com universe, same deal as the Syndicate FPS.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 04:19pm 23/5/12
It's like trying to make Doom a card game, it just won't do.
Khel
Posted 04:39pm 23/5/12
Well I dunno about a card game, but they made Doom into a board game :P
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