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Published on April 14th, 2020 | by gareth

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XCOM: Chimera Squad Announced

I am always happy to hear about a new XCom game as I have been a fan ever since the first one back in the day of the 386 and 486 CPU.

 

2K and Firaxis to deliver all-new, standalone XCOM game set five years after XCOM
2,with special limited-time introductory pricing of $9.99*

New York, NY – April 14, 2020 –2K today announced that XCOM®: Chimera Squad , an
all- new standalone title in the award-winning, turn-based, XCOM tactical series, is
currently scheduled to release digitally for Windows PC on April 24, 2020, with a
special limited-time introductory price of $9.99.

Set five years after the events of XCOM 2 , humans, hybrids and aliens are now
working together to forge a civilization of cooperation and co-existence. However,
not all of Earth’s inhabitants support the interspecies alliance. City 31, a model
of peace in a post-invasion world, is opposed by mysterious groups whose agendas
threaten to shatter this delicate interspecies alliance. Chimera Squad, an elite
force of human, hybrid and alien agents, must work together to destroy the
underground threats driving the city toward chaos.

“We’re inspired by our passionate community and excited by the opportunity to create
a dynamic, innovative, and unique XCOM experience for both fans of our games and new
players in XCOM: Chimera Squad ,” said Steve Martin, President at Firaxis Games.

“With XCOM: Chimera Squad , we felt there were exciting gameplay opportunities yet to
be discovered within the XCOM universe,” said Mark Nauta, Lead Designer at Firaxis
Games. “Gameplay like Breach Mode, interleaved turn order, and the introduction of
agents as fully fleshed-out characters will revolutionize how the game plays while
still retaining the combat experience that makes the XCOM series so loved by gaming
communities around the world.”

XCOM: Chimera Squad includes the following features:

* Unique Alien and Human Agents : Each of the 11 agents have their own distinct
personality and tactical abilities, including species-specific attacks like the
Viper’s tongue pull;
* Specialized and Complementary Classes : Execute devastating combos by teaming the
right agents and utilizing cooperative actions. The difference between mission
success and failure can depend wholly on team composition;
* Re-Envisioned Tactical Combat : Missions are structured as a series of discrete,
explosive encounters, keeping the action intense and unpredictable;
* Breach Mode : Players will shape the battlefield to their advantage with a new
combat phase that injects squads right into action. They will strategically assign
agents to different entry points and coordinate their assault plans with a range of
Breach-specific skills;
* Interleaved Turns : An automatic initiative system will slot individual agents and
enemies into an alternating turn order, creating new strategic possibilities based
on what unit is queued to act next – and what unit is at the greatest risk when they
do so;
* Suspenseful Strategy Layer : Outside of combat, players will manage the operations
of a high-tech HQ, where they must prioritize competing tasks, investigations and
agent assignments in the face of a ticking clock: the constantly rising unrest in
the city’s various districts, driving City 31 closer and closer to total anarchy.

As part of 2K’sXCOM franchise sale that will celebrate the support of its global
community, XCOM: Chimera Squad will be available at launch as a single digital
download for Windows PC on Steam at the special limited-time introductory price of
$9.99. It will be available at its suggested retail price of $19.99 on May 1, 2020.

“We know fans have been eager to dive back into the world of XCOM ,” said Melissa
Bell, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Marketing at 2K. “ XCOM: Chimera
Squad offers tremendous value and we’re intentionally lowering the barriers of
entry for new fans to the franchise with a game XCOM veterans will really enjoy.”

 

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