XCOM 2 is coming to consoles. I haven't heard better news than that in awhile. I mean, very little news disappointed me more this year than hearing "XCOM 2 is PC only." Yes, I'm glad the team focused on the game's primary platform and made sure the game was up to snuff there. But my PC isn't up to snuff, so it's unlikely I'd be able to play XCOM 2 before the year 2020.
But forget all that. XCOM 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 6.
That gives the PC, essentially, a seven-month exclusive. But to get a turn-based strategy game with this high of a caliber on console? Good luck finding a game to compete with XCOM 2 in that narrow field. This one will sweep that awards category this year and next. The game is tough as nails (a very common complaint), but it still earned a respectable 8 out of 10 from us.
Again, this is not a drill: XCOM 2 is on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in three months, September 6.
XCOM® 2 Coming to Consoles on September 6, 2016
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New York, NY – June 7, 2016 – 2K announced today that XCOM® 2 is coming to the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One on September 6, 2016 in North America and September 9, 2016 internationally for $59.99. Additionally, 2K and Firaxis Games have partnered with industry veterans The Workshop, now a dedicated subsidiary of Skydance Media, to bring the title to consoles and ensure that the XCOM 2 experience meets the same high standards of the beloved series.
Upon its initial release for Windows-based PC, XCOM 2 had critics raving, with IGN giving the game a 9.3 out of 10 and saying, "XCOM 2 is an amazing game," and PC Gamer writing, "We'll play this forever," and awarding a 94% out of 100%. Game Informer Magazine also stated that XCOM 2 is "one of the deepest and most rewarding strategy games on the market" and scored the game a 9.5 out of 10.
"Firaxis has successfully enhanced the XCOM franchise, as XCOM 2 has earned both massive critical and fan acclaim," said Matt Gorman, vice president of marketing for 2K. "Many console gamers have been vocal about bringing XCOM 2 to their platforms, and now they can look forward to joining the resistance this September."
XCOM 2, is set 20 years in the future where humanity lost the war against the alien threat and a new world order is in place. XCOM, formerly a secret paramilitary organization, is largely forgotten and must strike back from the shadows to reclaim Earth from the aliens" rule and free mankind from its evil plans.
"The incredible reception of XCOM 2 has been rewarding and humbling for the team, and we've known console fans have been clamoring to play the game too," said Jake Solomon, creative director of XCOM 2 at Firaxis Games. "As avid console players ourselves, we're excited to work with The Workshop to bring XCOM 2 to all of our fans."
Players who pre-order XCOM 2 will also receive the Resistance Warrior Pack, offering additional soldier customization options such as bonus outfits, headgear and custom facial war paint. The Resistance Warrior Pack also includes a "Survivor of the Old War," a new XCOM recruit who will appear in the Avenger's barracks. Additionally, players who pre-order the XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe Edition will receive the XCOM 2 Reinforcement Pack* which includes all paid XCOM 2 DLC along with the base game and Resistance Warrior Pack.
XCOM 2 for consoles is rated T for Teen by the ESRB. For more information, please visit www.XCOM.com, become a fan on Facebook, follow the game on Twitter or subscribe to XCOM on YouTube.
*Xbox Live or PlayStation Network account as well as Internet connection is required to download certain add-on content at no additional cost. Copy of XCOM 2 also required for play.