By Alexa Ray Corriea on Oct 24, 2013 10.24.13
PAX East 2014 registration now live Registration for PAX East — set to take place in Boston April 11-13, 2014 — is open today. Three day passes are already sold out, but you've still got a shot at individual day passes and hotels. Nintendo's latest Wii U Deluxe brings New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U together on Nov. 1 Nintendo is retiring the Nintendo Land Wii U Deluxe Set and replacing it with one promoting their favorite pair of plumbers. Starting Nov. 1, a Deluxe Set featuring New Super Mario Bros. U and its New Super Luigi U DLC on one disc will be available for $299.99. Nintendo Land will continue to be sold separately for $29.99. Making heroics matter, making death sadder in XCOM: Enemy Within We all name our XCOM: Enemy Unknown soldiers after our friends and...
By John Funk on Oct 09, 2013 10.09.13
A new trailer for XCOM: Enemy Within reveals EXALT, a mysterious organization dedicated to undermining the human resistance to alien invasion. EXALT has betrayed humanity and the XCOM organization by compromising its abilities, warns the trailer. Whereas the XCOM forces had previously been ordered to defend all human life at any cost, that directive has been rescinded in favor of a new one: Eliminate the traitors. For more on EXALT and Enemy Within, the stand-alone expansion to last year's XCOM: Enemy Unknown, check out Polygon's preview.
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Aug 22, 2013 08.22.13
"Infestation" may not be the right word, though, unless you count harvesting alien tissue and technology to fuse with your own body. According to Garth DeAngelis, senior producer at Firaxis, one aspect of the "Enemy Within" is the way players will use alien autopsies to create the expansion's two new brands of soldiers: mechs and genetic mutations, called g-mods. These new soldiers, weapons, abilities and enemies were inspired by fan feedback and are a nod to player-created mods, bits and pieces of new stuff that fans have been clamoring for since XCOM: Enemy Unknown launched last October. But another way of looking at what the "Enemy Within" may be could be in the way players treat, or mistreat, these soldiers. You could be your own enemy, sending your characters off to die. The...
By John Funk on Jun 20, 2013 06.20.13
A new trailer from 2K games shows heroic soldiers standing against evil aliens in the iOS port of acclaimed strategy title XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The iOS version of the game will support cloud saving, meaning that players who start one version of the game can finish it on another platform entirely. Firaxis plans to add multiplayer in an update down the road. XCOM: Enemy Unknown is available right now for iPad 2 through 4, iPad mini, iPhone 4S and 5, and the fifth-generation iPod Touch.
By Tracey Lien on May 30, 2013 05.30.13
Firaxis Games's XCOM: Enemy Unknown for iOS will support cloud saves so players can start a game on an iPad and continue it on an iPhone, according to a 2K Games representative. The game will also support multiplayer, but the multiplayer mode will come in a free title update that is due to release later down the line. Polygon recently played a demo of XCOM: Enemy Unknown on iPad and we were able to experience the game's touch control optimizations. Where a player would use their mouse to move the camera and zoom in and out in the PC version of the game, the iOS version allows players to move the camera with a finger, zooming in and out by pinching and pulling on the screen. Controlling characters involves tapping on a soldier to select and double tapping a location to get them to...
XCOM: Enemy Unknown coming to iOS devices this summer, developer says it is a 'full port of AAA game'
By Tracey Lien on Mar 23, 2013 03.23.13
Firaxis Games' turn-based strategy game, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, is coming to iOS devices this summer, publisher 2K Games announced. The game is being ported by 2K China with guidance from Firaxis. XCOM's lead developer Jake Solomon tells Polygon that the iOS version is intended to be a complete port of the AAA console and PC experience. "The idea was to port the game fully," Solomon says. "The one exception we made was to the number of maps in the game, but we still have all the destructible environments, there's the fog of war — this is a full AAA game we're porting. It really is XCOM." Solomon tells Polygon that work began on the iOS port almost a year ago, before the core game shipped on PC and consoles. He says Firaxis knew that an iOS port would work because the studio had...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Dec 04, 2012 12.04.12
XCOM: Enemy Unknown's Slingshot content pack hits today, bringing players into the Hong Kong underground to recover a mysterious alien device from an uncooperative opposing group, according to the pack's teaser trailer posted above. The pack adds three new missions that fit into the main game's storyline, and include players wrestling control of a contact that may prove useful to the XCOM project. Players can also get their hands on new weapons upgrades and armor pieces. XCOM: Enemy Unknown released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC on Oct. 9. Slingshot is available for $6.99, or 560 Microsoft Points.