Gameplay Footage, Base Building, New Screens
Firaxis' strategic XCOM reboot, Enemy Unknown, has received its first developer diary that explains how the combat system blends traditional turn-based gameplay with visceral feats of heroism. Plenty of gameplay footage is on offer to give us an insight into how the project will look and play when it releases this year. The new 'ant farm' base-building mechanic is also illustrated, and will challenge players to group certain buildings together in order to unlock 'adjacency bonuses.'
The art style surprised us, though. Firaxis appear to be taking the visuals in a cartoony direction, and we're not sure that we're entirely on board. On the other hand, the best thing about the developer diary is that it demonstrates Firaxis' obvious passion and love for the franchise, which should hopefully result in a respectful return to form.
We've got the developer diary and a clutch of screenshots below, so check them out and let us know what you make of XCOM: Enemy Unknown.