Firaxis Games needs a few more months to finish up XCOM 2, the sequel to the fantastic XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The game was originally set for a November release of this year on PC, Linux, and iOS but will instead make its debut in February 5th, 2016.
The development team posted a short message on their website stating reasons for the delay. In short, Firaxis hopes that the few extra months will allow them to create an even better game with more replayability and gameplay depth.
To help appease those people who were looking forward to picking up XCOM 2 this year, Firaxis has released a lengthy video detailing the Avenger, a new mobile HQ that was once an alien ship (and may or may not have a mind of its own). The video shows off some of the staff that you will interact with as you manage resources, recruit soldiers, develop new technology, and customize your operations – all in the name of kicking extra-terrestrials off of our beautiful planet.
XCOM 2 takes place 20 years after the events of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Aliens have defeated humans in their quest to take over the Earth, and players will have to free humanity from the clutches of these other-worldly oppressors. A turn-based tactical game that features nerve-wracking combat as well enjoyable resource management and base building, XCOM 2 looks like it will include many facets that made its predecessor such a success.
While Enemy Unknown can be played on consoles as well as computers, XCOM 2 is only scheduled for a PC, Linux, and iOS release. Firaxis did a wonderful job of taking a game in a genre that is historically tied in with keyboard and mouse and translating it to a controller’s layout, so hopefully XCOM 2 will make an appearance on consoles in the future.
As for the delay, Firaxis’ reasoning is understandable and as the aforementioned video shows, the game is obviously deep into development and a bit more polish certainly can’t hurt. What doesn’t hurt either is the fact that this holiday season is packed with stellar titles. With the release of MGS V: The Phantom Pain just passing, and huge titles such as Fallout 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Halo 5: Guardians and Star Wars Battlefront releasing in November, both gamers and their wallets could probably use a little relief.
Source: XCOM Official Website