Strategy sequel XCOM 2 is coming to PS4 this autumn

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Strategy sequel XCOM 2 is coming to PS4 this autumn

The sequel to Firaxis’ acclaimed strategy epic lands on 9th September

Just over a year ago, XCOM 2 was announced. To the Firaxis team it was the most exciting day in 2015. We would share the good news with the gaming world that the underdog Game of the Year title (2012’s XCOM: Enemy Unknown) would receive a full-fledged, bona fide sequel. It had become a reality because of the incredible support from our growing XCOM community. We wanted to make the players proud again. All was right… well, almost.

On that day one year ago, and in interviews thereafter, you may have heard a member of the team say, “XCOM 2 is not coming out for consoles.” Somewhere, a DualShock 4 vibration motor stopped working whenever that answer was given.

Every forum post, passionate tweet, Facebook message, and letter about getting XCOM 2 on console was heard loud and clear. We have diehard console-focused fans who let us know in every way possible they wanted to play the game, too. That’s dedication we wouldn’t ignore.

So we’re thrilled to finally fulfill one of the game’s top requests: XCOM 2 will be available for your PlayStation 4 library on 9th September 2016 internationally.

To create the sequel our fans deserved, we needed to continue pushing an under-represented genre with bold design decisions. Improving and innovating the game’s core systems without losing time to implement new changes across multiple platforms meant we could focus on the top priority: gameplay.

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We’re incredibly proud of our team and how the game turned out on PC. We know existing XCOM 2 players had a great time with it and we can’t wait to hear what our amazing (and patient) console fans say.

If you were someone so bummed out by the PC-only news that you ignored the coverage of XCOM 2, let’s catch you up on what you’re getting. You play as the Commander of an underground resistance group dedicated to taking back the Earth from its alien occupiers.

If you played XCOM: Enemy Unknown or Enemy Within, we’re sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Earth lost the war. This sets up the unique narrative stage that ties directly into the sequel’s new innovative design of stacking massive odds against the player- and seeing if you can figure out how to overcome them.

XCOM 2 is a behemoth of a game. From a high-level, our open-ended strategy layer offers up interesting player choices that can only be made with the help of your new flying headquarters. Then, you’ll get your soldiers’ hands dirty in the tactical game’s new procedural maps and gameplay, ensuring an unpredictable setting and challenge every mission.

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To complement the procedural nature of the game, the visual fidelity has come on in leaps and bounds, allowing for dynamic lighting, weather and time of day. And of course, the basis for an XCOM experience is rooted in meaningful, fun challenges and consequences, which are still fully intact (trust me).

Additionally, when we were working on the PC version, we received extra help from our friends at The Workshop. They hopped into the game and started squashing bugs and other issues alongside our team. So it made sense to have The Workshop handle the move from PC to console, and ensure that XCOM is in good hands.

Both of us have been console gamers all our lives, with countless memories from our collective treasured console libraries. The best games have something new to offer, with a little bit of “soul” embedded in the software itself. That soul is a direct result from a team that cares deeply about a project, and puts in extraordinary effort to give you something you, in turn, will love.

On behalf of our entire team, it is an honour and pleasure to finally bring XCOM 2 to PlayStation 4 on 9th September 2016 internationally. Good luck, Commander.

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  • Day 1 if there are some previews around indicating good performance (stable 30 fps) on ps4, the pc version had some hiccups that made me wary…

    (Really excited though, Enemy Within was the first game that i’ve played of that genre and i loved everything about it)

  • Awesome news. It’s been a great few days for game announcements :)

  • 1. Good idea to remind that you can currently buy Vita version for just 9,99 EUR (and Civ Rev2+ for the same price). Grab it while you can. Though it has some issues and bugs it still is very fun to play.

    While the fact that game was released as a digital only is a massive drawback (especially taking into account loading time issue) for such a reasonable price that’s fairly good deal.

    2. Going back to article… bit late… I’m still suprised that someone is suprised that console gamers are also potential target. For the next time please don’t make such mistakes.

  • Really great news!! :)

  • That’s just so sweet. I gave Xcom Enemy Unknown a chance when it was available for no extra fee for PS Plus subscribers and had so much fun with the game. Decided to buy Xcom Enemy Within later and had even more fun. And just think I’ll have a chance to have some more fun with Xcom 2 in the future? I’ll repeat myself here… that’s just so sweet! :)

  • Day one!! Now bring Civ 5 & 6 to PS4 as well please :-)

  • Prepare for 15 fps.

  • Knew it was only a matter of time despite them saying they had no intention of bringing it to consoles when they first unveiled it was a pc exclusive. I put hundreds of hours into both enemy unknown and enemy within so i’m delighted it’s coming out reasonably soon. Instant day 1 purchase

  • Shame I just picked this up at the weekend with all dlc for £20, too late and likely too expensive. Any chance of a vita version?

  • This announcement has made me very happy. Loved Xcom on PS3, wanted xcom 2 but hoped they would bring it to my favourite platform (PS4). September should be a fun month.

  • AWESOME news!!!
    I never lost hope on the console port. Is gonna be day one for me, unless I hear of it being very buggy. The PC version had a rough start, I heard.
    Anyway… I guess it’s time to dust off my PS3 and boot up Enemy Within again. Gotta get my strategic juices flowing! :)

  • When Firaxis said XCOM 2 would not be released on console I was sad but I totally understood the reasons why, limitations, smaller market etc. This news legitimately surprises me and I couldn’t be happier.

  • Fantastic, I’m looking forward to this having played the original and the DLC, the Enemy Within reboot, and the Plus version on Vita.

    I’m just hoping that all the bugs that shipped with XCOM2 on launch will have been squashed, as there’s so many examples of enemies and shots clipping through walls when the PC version initially released.

  • HA! I knew it! I was so sure it would come to PS4 that I managed to restrain myself from buying it on PC. Enemy Unknown and Enemy Within were awesome and I’m sure this one will be too.

    • same here, this was quite predictable. while I play X-Com:EW on PC right now (gonna get the classic iron man second time), I do prefer to buy multiplats on my PS4 ;) and we all know Firaxis made 2nd chapter after the reboot just as controller-friendly.

  • I love XCOM and will be buying this day one!

    One question, will there be any mod support as per PC version and now on Fallout 4 on PS4?
    I had a look at a Youtube video of the Schwarzenegger voices mod on PC, every time an alien gets popped a classic movie quote is played, very nice!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIBGGp5Nv0E

  • My DualShock 4 vibration motor just started working again :)

  • Wonderful news.

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