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XCOM: Enemy Unknown gets release date, special edition

Plus lots of pre-order rewards for Firaxis strategy sequel

2K Games has announced that XCOM: Enemy Unknown (that's the RTS one) will release in North America on October 9 and internationally on October 12 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

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Additionally, the publisher's confirmed there will be a $59 special edition available exclusively for PC that contains a variety 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.

Pre-ordering the Firaxis-developed title from participating retailers also guarantees the 'Elite Soldier Pack', a launch bonus offering "top-of-the-line soldier customization features" 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 in his full glory, modernized with the rest of the XCOM universe.
  • 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.

When the reboot was revealed, studio president Steve Martin (no, not that one) said: "It's been a dream of ours to recreate X-COM with our unique creative vision. We're huge fans of the original game and it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to re-envision a game that is as beloved as X-COM."

2K marketing VP, Sarah Anderson added today: "As we reimagine XCOM, one of our goals is to evolve the experience while recognizing what made X-COM one of the greatest PC games to date. It's important to create an experience that is appealing to both existing fans and newcomers to the world of XCOM, which is what we're doing with XCOM: Enemy Unknown."

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