XCOM 2 coming to consoles this September


2K Games and Firaxis have announced that the second chapter in the revived XCOM franchise will come to PS4 and Xbox One on September 6th.  The console version is being developed by The Workshop, a studio who has worked on the current-gen versions of The Evil Within and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, as well as Sorcery for the PS3 and the Borderlands 2 DLC  Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage.  IGN reports that the reasoning for the third party studio working on the port is that 2K did not want to divert the resources of Firaxis, who are still working to patch the PC version that currently suffers from issues.

The console version will launch at $59.99, with a digital deluxe edition available for $74.99 that includes the Reinforcements pack (i.e. season pass).  The reinforcement’s pack  will be $19.99 as a standalone product.  XCOM 2 was acclaimed upon release, with Gamespot giving it a 9/10, GameInformer bestowing it a 9.5/10, and IGN rating it 9.3/10.  XCOM: Enemy Unknown was released simultaneously on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, making XCOM 2’s PC only release a bit of a surprise.  While Firaxis did not rule out the console release at the time, they sighted the low sales on consoles as a cause for the PC exclusivity.

This reporter’s opinion: I played XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Within on Xbox 360 so being able to pick up 2 for my console is going to be great.  I’ve held off on picking up XCOM 2 as of yet for financial reasons, so this is an awesome announcement for me.

by, Bobby Marquardt


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