2K Games has just announced multiplayer in Firaxis Games’ XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Players can create a squad of soldiers, aliens, or combine the unlikely team of both aliens and soldiers and build their ideal team for a one-on-one deathmatch against another player.
“Throughout the history of the XCOM series, players have acted as the world’s last hope against the alien invasion,” said Jake Solomon, lead designer of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. “With the multiplayer mode in XCOM: Enemy Unknown, gamers can finally find out what it’s like to command alien units and unleash extraterrestrial destruction on Planet Earth or defend it with a squad of XCOM soldiers and alien allies.”
Multiplayer in XCOM: Enemy Unknown brings the single-player gameplay tactics and strategy of the game without making any direct ties to the narrative, offering a standalone opportunity for gamers to enjoy the XCOM universe. Players can mix their teams with aliens and soldiers and customize soldiers with dozens of armor types, weapons, items and class-based abilities for thousands of possible combinations. The squads of up to six units are built using a point cap that can be scaled for players to fight in small skirmishes all the way up to epic battles. Matches can be modified by point limit or time limit per turn. Just like in single-player, the fog of war conceals your enemy’s units until you encounter them on the battlefield, creating the great anticipation you’d expect from the XCOM series.