Be Still, Heart: Firaxis Tasked With Remaking X-Com

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Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -
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There have been rumors of Firaxis working with the X-Com license for years, but the reality seemed an impossible dream when 2K Marin’s first-person reimagining was announced as XCOM.

We’re actually getting the best of both worlds, with XCOM coming in the next few months, and Firaxis working on a remake of the original X-Com for this fall--yep, 2012-- entitled XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

Yes, XCOM, not X-Com. We’re getting a Firaxis-developed X-Com, though, so let’s all get over it.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is meant to be a completely different take than XCOM, as the linkage to the original game implies. 2K Games is promising a “equal emphasis on deep strategy and intense tactical combat” that includes “managing resources, advancing technologies, and overseeing combat strategies and individual unit tactics.”

It’s unclear how much XCOM: Enemy Unknown will borrow from Firaxis’ hugely popular Civilization Revolution, but given that XCOM: Enemy Unknown is coming to PC and Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, there’s reason to believe the approach may be similar. Thankfully, Civilization Revolution was a pretty good game.

If you’ve never played XCOM (the most I remember touching was a few missions of X-Com: Terror from the Deep), the games are available for just a few bucks on Steam.

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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -
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There have been rumors of Firaxis working with the X-Com license for years, but the reality seemed an impossible dream when 2K Marin’s first-person reimagining was announced as XCOM.

We’re actually getting the best of both worlds, with XCOM coming in the next few months, and Firaxis working on a remake of the original X-Com for this fall--yep, 2012-- entitled XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

Yes, XCOM, not X-Com. We’re getting a Firaxis-developed X-Com, though, so let’s all get over it.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is meant to be a completely different take than XCOM, as the linkage to the original game implies. 2K Games is promising a “equal emphasis on deep strategy and intense tactical combat” that includes “managing resources, advancing technologies, and overseeing combat strategies and individual unit tactics.”

It’s unclear how much XCOM: Enemy Unknown will borrow from Firaxis’ hugely popular Civilization Revolution, but given that XCOM: Enemy Unknown is coming to PC and Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, there’s reason to believe the approach may be similar. Thankfully, Civilization Revolution was a pretty good game.

If you’ve never played XCOM (the most I remember touching was a few missions of X-Com: Terror from the Deep), the games are available for just a few bucks on Steam.

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#2 Posted by Chris2KLee (2401 posts) -

I'm in. Still looking forward to the FPS X-COM because it sounded like the team had some good ideas, but with that game in limbo, I'll take this while I wait.

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#3 Posted by Svampson (13 posts) -

Just hoping they resist the urge to make it real time and keeps it turn based!

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#4 Posted by Dread612 (190 posts) -

Hell yes!!!

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#5 Posted by buemba (127 posts) -

How happy would I be if this sold more than the XCOM FPS...

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#6 Posted by TheHT (13857 posts) -

X-Com complete package on sale today on Steam too.

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#7 Posted by Rayeth (1157 posts) -

The Original game was an AMAZING turn-based strategy game. Anyone who doesn't know the lineage, should check out the original XCOM and then if they like it, throw in some Terror from the Deep and if you REALLLLY like it maybe some Apocalypse. Avoid the last one like the plague.

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#8 Posted by MattyFTM (14764 posts) -

Will this be the first Firaxis game without "Sid Meier's" in big letters at the top of the box? That'll be weird.

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#9 Posted by Frootsnax (79 posts) -

The only team I would entrust this classic remake to is Firaxis, because who else makes super high quality turn based games anymore?

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#10 Posted by ChaosDent (237 posts) -
@Svampson: This is Firaxis... All they've ever done is turn based games.
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#11 Posted by eznark (113 posts) -
It’s unclear how much XCOM: Enemy Unknown will borrow from Firaxis’ hugely popular Civilization Revolution, but given that XCOM: Enemy Unknown is coming to PC and Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, there’s reason to believe the approach may be similar. Thankfully, Civilization Revolution was a pretty good game.

Uh, why would this game be anything like Civ: Rev?

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#12 Posted by 234r2we232 (3175 posts) -

@buemba said:

How happy would I be if this sold more than the XCOM FPS...

Hate to break it to you, but people enjoy fun, new games :)

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#13 Posted by Seppli (11232 posts) -

YEEEEEEEES!!!!!

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#14 Posted by vaportra1l (285 posts) -
@Frootsnax Total War series is excellent.
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#15 Posted by ChaosDent (237 posts) -
@MattyFTM said:

Will this be the first Firaxis game without "Sid Meier's" in big letters at the top of the box? That'll be weird.

Yes, but it's not too late for this one to be revised to "Sid Meier's XCOM Enemy Unknown!"
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#16 Posted by Zelnox (442 posts) -

Wahoo! On the flip side, no Alpha Centauri spiritual successor in the pipeline then.

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#17 Posted by Swabbleflange (60 posts) -

This is the perfect solution to that problem of resurrecting an old game series - just make two! Do the inevitable FPS, and simultaneously get someone to do a game that's actually in the same genre as the originals. Win-win.

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#18 Posted by Incapability (235 posts) -

OH JESUS GOD YES FIRAXIS.

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#19 Posted by ArbitraryWater (14247 posts) -

This certainly sounds better than what they were actually making. Civ Rev as a comparison though Patrick? Really? Have you ever played a X-COM game?

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#20 Posted by Winternet (8368 posts) -

Oh god yes! This is great news. 2012 is having a fantastic start.

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#21 Posted by Cday (171 posts) -

So the AI will be dumb as hell and they'll nickel and dime us with DLC? WOOP!

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#22 Posted by lockwoodx (2532 posts) -

I just came.

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#23 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (7696 posts) -

Yes! Yes! A thousand times, yes!

Marry me, Firaxis. Make me the happiest man in all the universe.

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#24 Posted by Russcat (154 posts) -

@sofacitysweetheart said:

@buemba said:

How happy would I be if this sold more than the XCOM FPS...

Hate to break it to you, but people enjoy fun, new games :)

Hate to break it to you, but people enjoy fun, old games too ;)

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#25 Posted by Phyreball (29 posts) -

Best news I heard all day

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#26 Posted by charlie_victor_bravo (1501 posts) -

Game boner!

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#27 Posted by FreakAche (3043 posts) -

@eznark said:

It’s unclear how much XCOM: Enemy Unknown will borrow from Firaxis’ hugely popular Civilization Revolution, but given that XCOM: Enemy Unknown is coming to PC and Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, there’s reason to believe the approach may be similar. Thankfully, Civilization Revolution was a pretty good game.

Uh, why would this game be anything like Civ: Rev?

It's made by Firaxis and is going to be a console port. It's a bit of a stretch I guess, but meh.

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#28 Edited by MeatSim (11107 posts) -

They certainly picked the right people to do a X-Com remake.

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#29 Posted by Zabant (1493 posts) -

Gh great, make the subtitle Enemy Unknown. Now its even more confusing for people in the UK...

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#30 Posted by CptBedlam (4511 posts) -

Please, Firaxis ... don't fuck this up!

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#31 Posted by TheGorilla (232 posts) -

I'm pretty excited for the FPS. I really like the setting and themes they've shown so far but I'll have to see some footage of this strategy game before I can form an opinion either way on it. Generally I'm not a fan of remaking or making a sequel to old games in the same style as the original.

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#32 Posted by dragonzord (840 posts) -

@sofacitysweetheart said:

@buemba said:

How happy would I be if this sold more than the XCOM FPS...

Hate to break it to you, but people enjoy fun, new games :)

translation: boneheads like to shoot stuff

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#33 Posted by xite (970 posts) -

Imagine how huge the game would be if they went into Civilization levels of depth for the base building... *drools*

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#34 Edited by Packie (257 posts) -

So is that why they delayed the FPS Xcom?

Either way, fuck yeah I'm interested now.

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#35 Posted by Alphazero (1644 posts) -
@zoner said:

@sofacitysweetheart said:

@buemba said:

How happy would I be if this sold more than the XCOM FPS...

Hate to break it to you, but people enjoy fun, new games :)

translation: boneheads like to shoot stuff

Whereas brainy intellectuals like to tell things to shoot stuff on their behalf.
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#36 Posted by hermes (2057 posts) -

@Swabbleflange said:

This is the perfect solution to that problem of resurrecting an old game series - just make two! Do the inevitable FPS, and simultaneously get someone to do a game that's actually in the same genre as the originals. Win-win.

Absolutely...

It didn't ended up well for Bionic Commando, but we can't blame that on the idea...

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#37 Posted by Boiglenoight (605 posts) -

Oh. My. God.

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#38 Posted by Volts (21 posts) -

Great news!

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#39 Posted by Wintermute (61 posts) -

I couldn't imagine a better team remaking my favorite game of all time. Hell yes!!!

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#40 Posted by EtherealSlayer (98 posts) -

"It’s unclear how much XCOM: Enemy Unknown will borrow from Firaxis’ hugely popular Civilization Revolution, but given that XCOM: Enemy Unknown is coming to PC and Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, there’s reason to believe the approach may be similar."

That worries me a great deal. Civ Rev was a great game for people that knew nothing about Civ. For fans of Civ, it was awful. I would hate to see two XCOM games come out, and have neither appeal to the fan base of the original.

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#41 Posted by Milkman (18779 posts) -

@eznark said:

It’s unclear how much XCOM: Enemy Unknown will borrow from Firaxis’ hugely popular Civilization Revolution, but given that XCOM: Enemy Unknown is coming to PC and Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, there’s reason to believe the approach may be similar. Thankfully, Civilization Revolution was a pretty good game.

Uh, why would this game be anything like Civ: Rev?

They are both turn-based console strategy games, developed by Firaxis.

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#42 Posted by eznark (113 posts) -

@Milkman: The games aren't even remotely similar.

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#43 Posted by BeachThunder (14198 posts) -

Jeez, how many X-com/X-com inspired games are going to be out this year o_o

Anyway, I'll be really happy if they remake TFTD too.

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#44 Edited by huser (1354 posts) -

@Alphazero said:

@zoner said:

@sofacitysweetheart said:

@buemba said:

How happy would I be if this sold more than the XCOM FPS...

Hate to break it to you, but people enjoy fun, new games :)

translation: boneheads like to shoot stuff

Whereas brainy intellectuals like to tell things to shoot stuff on their behalf.

Barring the highest end of gun kata in some fictional universes, that's actually how anyone wins any major conflict. You get some people to go kill some other people and do it better than those other people. Tactics being the lowest end of that, strategy being the next, and other things being comparable, logistics being the highest level.

AMAZINGLY, those are all covered in classic X-COM to varying degrees.

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#45 Posted by fisk0 (6075 posts) -

Fantastic news, though as others pointed out, other than the turn based part there is no relation at all between the X-COM games and Civilization, making the comparison to CivRev odd.

Ghost Recon 3DS, Tactics Ogre and Rebelstar are the closest semi-recent comparisons I can think of.

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#46 Posted by fisk0 (6075 posts) -

@BeachThunder said:

Jeez, how many X-com/X-com inspired games are going to be out this year o_o

Anyway, I'll be really happy if they remake TFTD too.

Yes! Terror From the Deep is surprisingly underrated. Given how popular Chtulhu has been in recent years I'm surprised there have been no indie remakes of that or anything (at least no known to me, and I've seen several 'traditional' X-COM remakes).

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#47 Posted by Milkman (18779 posts) -

@eznark said:

@Milkman: The games aren't even remotely similar.

Who said that this was going to be anything like the old X-COM games?

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#48 Posted by eznark (113 posts) -

@Milkman: If it has "intense tactical combat" it is nothing like Civ: Rev. I guess Firaxis could be lying though?

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#49 Posted by vinsanityv22 (1066 posts) -

Good. I really don't care about XCOM one way or another (though I think 2K Marin's game looks like shit), but seriously - ALL companies should ripoff Capcom's Bionic Commando model in this day and age if they're going to reboot something. A big budget "mass market" re-imagining, and also a true-to-the-original remake/reboot for downloadable channels. Why not? You do not want to piss of the fans of the original, even though I understand you want to build a new fanbase...

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#50 Posted by fisk0 (6075 posts) -

@vinsanityv22 said:

Good. I really don't care about XCOM one way or another (though I think 2K Marin's game looks like shit), but seriously - ALL companies should ripoff Capcom's Bionic Commando model in this day and age if they're going to reboot something. A big budget "mass market" re-imagining, and also a true-to-the-original remake/reboot for downloadable channels. Why not? You do not want to piss of the fans of the original, even though I understand you want to build a new fanbase...

Yeah, that's the way I want them to do it too, especially as Bionic Commando showed them that the smaller downloadable game could become the big success.

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