Firaxis have released the first gameplay footage of their XCOM reboot, XCOM: Enemy Unknown in a developer diary which shows off the new, re-imagined take on the classic strategy gameplay.
Before we start, so as to clear up any confusion XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a reboot of the classic early nineties strategy series X-COM and is being handled by 2K Games’ Firaxis, this is not to be confused with XCOM an FPS which is in development by 2K Games Marin – yes this is also based on the classic series, but you know how the kids love their shooters these days.
Back on to XCOM: Enemy Unknown, in the clip below Firaxis production leads talk about how they’ve re-imagined the command of an elite military organisation. Fans of the original will be pleased to see the gameplay still relies on out-flanking and utilising the special skills of individuals within your squad to take out the enemies.
There’s plenty of new additions to the gameplay in the form of time units, which limit the number of moves you can do in a turn forcing players to make the choice of how you make use of the resource of a limited number of moves per turn.
Further strategy is added by the implementation of a great looking cover mechanic, and of course all of this is wrapped up in great cinematic style with the addition of glam-cam which brings the camera right into the middle of the action from the soldiers perspective rather than remaining at a distance as is the norm for strategy games.
One of the smartest additions is the ‘ant farm’ mechanic for base building which is almost certainly easier to view than it is to describe, so go ahead, watch!