The sequel to the smash hit tactical RPG XCOM: Enemy Unknown was originally set to release in November, almost three years after the original title’s 2012 release. However, a post on the game’s website made on Friday gave some unfortunate news: the game is being delayed next year. However, the team over at Firaxis has given us an official date of February 5, 2016 for PC (with no word yet on a console release). The post reads:

We want to give you an update on the release date for XCOM 2. We’ve set a high bar for the sequel and the entire team has been working hard to make sure we deliver a great follow-up to Enemy Unknown. We just need a little more time to make it the best possible game.

With XCOM 2, we want to have more depth, more replayability, and more investment in your soldiers and this extension will give us the time we need to deliver on our promise to you.

We appreciate your patience and continued support as we move towards February. Good luck, Commander!

XCOM: Enemy Unknown was a modern reimagining/remake of the original XCOM game released in 1994. It received a generally excellent reception and was lauded as a triumph of strategy design even as it was causing us to pull out hair out when we lost yet another soldier we’d grown to like. XCOM 2, meanwhile, is set 20 years after the original game, which we apparently lost. In the sequel, the aliens that invaded in the first game have occupied Earth and it’s our job to reclaim our planet. The sequel boasts greater tactical freedom, more research options, greater soldier and enemy diversity, mod support, and a focus on customization so we can get even more attached to the expendable cannon fodder that we heartlessly send to their deaths.

For more information, check out the XCOM 2 website and stay tuned to Only Single Player for more XCOM news.


Brienne Gacke
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  1. Thanks for the news, just letting you know the xcom link is broken :) But keep up the good work :)

  2. Disappointing, but I would guess bringing back procedural levels takes a lot of tweaking and bug-testing. Also, I think a lot of us will be closing out the year with Fallout 4, so it’s not terrible. First few months of 2016 are looking packed with big titles.

  3. No release = No buy for me!

    Or … something.

  4. After only just discovering xcom long war mod, which turns enemy within into a completely new feeling game, one that’s a tougher but more fun, I’d recommend to anyone who hasn’t tried it, so this news doesn’t bother me too much. As said fallout 4 is out same time so I would probably have been playing that anyways.

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