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XCOM: Enemy Unknown Full Port Coming to iOS

By - Source: Polygon | B 16 comments

XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be invading your iPad very soon...

XCOM and strategy game fans, rejoice! Firaxis has announced that it'll be bringing XCOM: Enemy Unknown to iOS.

No, it won't be a sad, unrecognizable mess that's a shadow of the game that you wanted (but, oh well, you only paid two dollars for it, anyway). Nay, nay. Firaxis promises that it'll be a full port, executed by 2K China, and overseen by the original developer.

"The idea was to port the game fully," says XCOM lead developer Jake Solomon. "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."

According to Solomon, work on the port has been ongoing and started almost a year ago, before the game even shipped. Since Firaxis already had experience with porting AAA titles to iOS with Civilization Revolution, it was fairly confident that the same results could be replicated with XCOM. And, to top it off, Solomon assures that the touch controls work out quite well with the game.

"I think that moving your soldiers feels super intuitive with touch controls," Solomon says. "It was one of those things that was a challenge for us to figure out on consoles where you steer the cursor with the gamepad. It was actually much easier on the iPad because it mimics the PC in the sense that it's easier to steer your soldier, because all you do is look at the screen and click."

The only thing that will change in the port is the number of maps and a revamped UI, for obvious reasons. However, despite the reduction in map numbers, Solomon stated that there will still be more maps than one could experience in a single playthrough.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be touching down on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch this summer. There's no specified release date or price, though expect it to be on the pricey side, considering the amount of work going into this port.

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    A Bad Day , March 28, 2013 4:37 AM
    Will the "Chryssalids and Heavy Floaters teleporting right in front of your Overwatched soldiers' faces then getting the first (fatal) shot before allowing you to respond back, preferably right in the middle of a firefight" bug be fixed?
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    tomfreak , March 28, 2013 5:05 AM
    If u own Xcom on PC, u will not get this for free in IOS = meh -.-
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    wanderer11 , March 28, 2013 5:14 AM
    I really like this game, but throwing grenades is awful. The mouse sensitivity goes way up and the map forces you to zoom all the way in. That needs to get fixed.
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    ct001 , March 28, 2013 5:44 AM
    Will it come with all the bugs and shitty gameplay? From the teleporting aliens, to the broken LOS/cover algorithms, to the complete lack of any tactical depth, to the endlessly repeating maps, this game was a completely buggy POS.
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    snwkill , March 28, 2013 5:48 AM
    This game should have only been released on IOS... As an IOS title is it is a masterpiece... As a PC game this is a turd.
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    SneakySnake , March 28, 2013 7:44 AM
    Sweet, finally a legit game on the iPad. There's so few decent games on iOS, most are just meh mobile versions of good games. Of the other good ones is Civilization Revolution.
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    nolarrow , March 28, 2013 7:56 AM
    Lol at everyone thumbing down legit complaints. Those problems are real. I thought xcom was my favorite game of 2012. You could deal with the problems above by just playing reeeeeallly patient and carefully or taking like 45 seconds to perfectly line up your 'nade toss. God forbid you twitch on your 4k dpi mouse and then your trajectory is all off. Since you can work around those problems I never got too bothered, what always got me was how your fully decked out captain from mission 1 with plasma rifles and super body armor, hiding behind full cover, can get 1 shot crit cross map from an enemy like a 'thin man' from the earlier missions late game and get toasted. Even if you revive its not worth it because every mission after that your character will freak out and start shooting your own teammates as their morale gets perma-busted. but like i said, game is still awesome. Maybe I like it so much because I never played any other xcom - I could see how a long time fan could be dissapointed.
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    killerclick , March 28, 2013 8:51 AM
    snwkillThis game should have only been released on IOS... As an IOS title is it is a masterpiece... As a PC game this is a turd.

    ct001Will it come with all the bugs and shitty gameplay? From the teleporting aliens, to the broken LOS/cover algorithms, to the complete lack of any tactical depth, to the endlessly repeating maps, this game was a completely buggy POS.



    XCOM: Enemy Unknown got 89/100 and 8.1 (user score) on Metacritic, so it's a great game, and your opinions mean next to nothing.
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    hate machine , March 28, 2013 9:44 AM
    Smells of samefagging in here. They say all these things about what it will be like but chances are it will turn out like Revolutions. A more "streamlined" port. Ill continue to play the original XCOMs and EU it on my Surface Pro and not have to buy a crappier version on my iPad!
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    slomo4sho , March 28, 2013 10:03 AM
    killerclickXCOM: Enemy Unknown got 89/100 and 8.1 (user score) on Metacritic, so it's a great game, and your opinions mean next to nothing.


    I am sorry I wasn't aware that an individuals opinion needs to be based on a collective opinion...
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    ddpruitt , March 28, 2013 10:52 AM
    nolarrowLol at everyone thumbing down legit complaints. Those problems are real. I thought xcom was my favorite game of 2012. You could deal with the problems above by just playing reeeeeallly patient and carefully or taking like 45 seconds to perfectly line up your 'nade toss. God forbid you twitch on your 4k dpi mouse and then your trajectory is all off. Since you can work around those problems I never got too bothered, what always got me was how your fully decked out captain from mission 1 with plasma rifles and super body armor, hiding behind full cover, can get 1 shot crit cross map from an enemy like a 'thin man' from the earlier missions late game and get toasted. Even if you revive its not worth it because every mission after that your character will freak out and start shooting your own teammates as their morale gets perma-busted. but like i said, game is still awesome. Maybe I like it so much because I never played any other xcom - I could see how a long time fan could be dissapointed.


    This.

    XCOM is a strategy game, IE no COD/BF freaks, you have to think about what your doing. Plus it would be nice to have an Android version.
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    killerclick , March 28, 2013 12:51 PM
    slomo4shoI am sorry I wasn't aware that an individuals opinion needs to be based on a collective opinion...


    I wasn't suggesting that they don't have a right to their own opinion, just putting their opinion in perspective (it's a minority opinion) for anyone who may be considering buying this game.
    And yes, the minority opinion is less significant than the majority opinion when it comes to games at least.


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    abbadon_34 , March 28, 2013 4:31 PM
    XCOM EU is probably my favorite game in years, but the main problem is the LACK of maps, I don't understand how they could have LESS and say it's "more maps than one could experience in a single playthrough"
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    kartu , March 28, 2013 4:42 PM
    Can someone tell the creators that it's impossible to explode a black hole, lol?

    PS
    Game is well made, some stuff is even better than in original legendary XCom, but way oversimplified/short tech tree as well as gameplay.
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    amoralman , March 28, 2013 6:16 PM
    I liked the game. Sure, it gets repetitive, but if you're a fan of turn based combat, it's good enough. It could be much more, agreed.

    Hope they also port it to the Droid.
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    A Bad Day , March 28, 2013 8:38 PM
    killerclickXCOM: Enemy Unknown got 89/100 and 8.1 (user score) on Metacritic, so it's a great game, and your opinions mean next to nothing.


    Simcity 2013:

    65 out of 100 for professional reviewers.

    1.7 out of 10 for user reviews.


    Btw, Xcom's teleport bug was worsen months after the initial release with a "teleport bug fix" back in November.
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