2K announces new standalone XCOM game Chimera Squad

By Sean Martin 14 Apr 2020 1

Today, 2K games announced XCOM: Chimera Squad, a new standalone installment in the popular turn-based tactics series. Though we got Phoenix Point last year, this will be the first new XCOM game since the second game's expansion, War of the Chosen, in 2017. What's even better is the game is heading to PC as soon as April 24th, as part of the XCOM franchise sale, meaning you'll be able to pick it for $9.99 from launch.

Set five years after the events of XCOM 2, Chimera Squad will take place in a world where humans, aliens, and hybrids are now working together to create a society based upon co-operation. But City 31, this interspecies experiment, is opposed by a number of groups, and as Chimera Squad you must work together to put down these threats of insurgency, securing the city's future.

The new game will feature 11 unique interspecies agents, and complementary classes allowing you to utilise co-operative actions based upon team composition. Each mission will also better reflect the nature of insurgency in the city, focusing around brief, explosive encounters.

Breach mode will be a significant aspect of this; a new combat phase that will have you place agents at entry points, constructing an assault plan based around their unique breach skills, and getting them to the heart of the action straight away.

When asked about Chimera Squad's new approach to gameplay, lead designer at Firaxis Games, Mark Nauta, had this to say:

"With XCOM: Chimera Squad, we felt there were exciting gameplay opportunities yet to be discovered within the XCOM universe. Gameplay like Breach mode, interleaved turn order, and the introduction of agents as fully fleshed-out characters will revolutionize how the game plays, while still retaining the combat experience that makes the XCOM series so loved by gaming communities around the world."

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What Nauta calls interleaved turns will be an alternating turn order between your team and the enemy; another aspect of Chimera Squad's focus on intense turn-based combat. There will also be another strategic layer, as inbetween levels, you return to your HQ, and manage the threats that are driving City 31 ever closer to destruction.

Chimera Squad will launch on April 24th, and will return to its regular retail price on May 1st. You can find more info about XCOM: Chimera Squad on the XCOM website.





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