Polled by IGN as the greatest pc game of all time, UFO: Enemy Unknown, the first of the revered X-COM series and the grand old lady of the action-strategy genre, is in line for a remake, publisher 2K has just announced. Expected to land in the fall on 2012, the now titled XCOM: Enemy Unknown, is a multi-platform release set to be developed by the folks at Firaxis Games, the company directly responsible for siphoning away a significant portion of the average gamer’s life with the maddeningly addiction Civilization series.
Reportedly retaining the iconic isometric landscapes, the new title will continue to employ the same real-time strategic view and intensely suspenseful turn-based combat that made the original series such a compelling experience. Developers are tight-lipped over the storyline, save to say that players will take control of an elite, top-secret paramilitary organization known as XCOM, and must work to repel a terrifying alien invasion.
Speaking in a recent press release, Steve Martin, President of Firaxis, outlined his strategy. “It’s been a dream of ours to recreate X-COM,” Martin said, before adding: “We were careful to keep XCOM: Enemy Unknown true to the elements that made X-COM such a revered game while delivering an entirely new story and gameplay experience for both die-hard X-COM fans and newcomers to the franchise.”