Sid Meier joins XCOM in new video, first PC screens revealed, digital pre-sales open


Alongside the announcement of Steam pre-sales for XCOM: Enemy Unknown, 2K has released a gameplay walkthrough narrated by lead designer Jake Solomon. Things don't start out looking very good for humanity ... until Sid Meier's psionic powers turn the table, that is.

In addition to the new video, we also have the first screens of Enemy Unknown's PC version. Apart from the obvious point-and-click differences, the PC version also features a traditional grid system, which should be familiar to fans of the series.

Finally, 2K has announced that digital pre-orders for Enemy Unknown are now open. In addition to Steam's pre-order promotion that Valve revealed yesterday, the downloadable version of the game is available from other outlets as well, including GameStop and Amazon. As with its retail counterpart, pre-orders of the digital version include the "Elite Soldier Pack," which features the original X-COM flat-top hairstyle, among other soldier customization options.
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XCOM®: Enemy Unknown Now Available for Digital Pre-Sale

Pre-purchase now to receive Elite Soldier Pack at no extra cost when XCOM: Enemy Unknown lands on October 9, 2012


New York, NY – September 7, 2012 – 2K Games and Firaxis Games announced today that XCOM®: Enemy Unknown, the re-imagining of one of the best PC games ever made, is now available for digital pre-sale for $49.99 MSRP from participating digital retailers. By pre-purchasing XCOM: Enemy Unknown, gamers are guaranteed to receive the Elite Soldier Pack, a free launch bonus offering top-of-the-line soldier customization features that will only be available while supplies last.

The Elite Soldier Pack will provide the ultimate tools for soldier customization in XCOM: Enemy Unknown, including:

Classic X-COM Soldier: Players will instantly receive a new recruit in their barracks inspired by the original X-COM: UFO Defense. The iconic soldier with the blonde, flattop hairstyle will return fully modernized.
Soldier Deco packs: Players can customize their soldier with several aesthetic upgrades to armor suits, including the new Hyperion and Reaper soldier armor kits.
Complete color customization: A variety of colors and tints for all armor sets in the game allow players complete control to customize their squad's look.

In addition to the digital pre-sale bonus, all PC versions of XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be powered with Steamworks. XCOM: Enemy Unknown players will enjoy the benefits of Steamworks features, such as Steam Achievements, auto-updating, multiplayer matchmaking, Steam Cloud support and more.

Released in 1993, the original X-COM still reigns as one of the best PC games of all time and has been reimagined as XCOM: Enemy Unknown by the strategy experts at Firaxis Games. XCOM: Enemy Unknown will expand on the X-COM legacy with an entirely new story, enemies and technologies to fight hostile aliens and defend Earth. In XCOM: Enemy Unknown, players will oversee combat strategies and individual unit tactics as well as base management and resource allocation as commander of a secret global military organization, XCOM. With equal emphasis on deep strategy and intense tactical combat, XCOM: Enemy Unknown will allow gamers to control the fate of the human race by defending against a terrifying global alien invasion.

To digitally pre-purchase XCOM: Enemy Unknown for PC, please visit: http://www.xcom.com/preorder.

A special edition of XCOM: Enemy Unknown for PC (MSRP $59.99) will be available at participating retail locations. This special edition will contain a copy of the game for PC and a number of unique XCOM items, including an art book; fold-out poster of the XCOM headquarters; XCOM insignia patch; and a collection of digital bonus assets such as desktop wallpaper, soundtrack and more.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is rated M for Mature by the ESRB. For more information, please visit http://www.xcom.com. For the latest news and information on XCOM: Enemy Unknown, become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/XCOM.

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This article was originally published on Joystiq.