Apr 23rd, 2014

2KGames is doing due diligence in making sure anyone and everyone can get a chance to play one of the best turn-based strategy games to come out in recent years. We’re talking about XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the contemporary reimagining of a series that practically defined the genre. In this game, you’re the commander of XCOM, a global entity tasked with protecting the world’s nations and their people from alien threats.

You’ll command full squads of fearless soldiers, research alien weaponry and biology for new breakthroughs, manage the construction and efficiency of your home base, and play a balancing act to save as many countries as you can (hint: you’re going to lose somebody). Speaking to its quality, the game averages an 89/100 on Metacritic and was met with tons of perfect review scores from reputable publications.

The news today? It’ll finally be coming to Android, and it may be here sooner than you think. The official word is that it’ll be out “soon,” but game designer Jake Solomon tweeted — supposedly in err — that the game would be out tomorrow. That tweet was quickly dismissed, though, so there’s no telling if it was a legitimate error or if 2K just wants to surprise everyone.

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Either way, this is definitely one game you’ll want to watch out for if you’re into this sort of stuff. It likely won’t be cheap, with the iOS version clocking in at a whopping $20. It’s a little steep for mobile, but you have to understand what you’re getting here — a very, very deep experience with countless hours of fun (or frustration depending on your level of patience).

Adam Sessler might have bowed out of the industry, but his take on the iPad version is no less truthful now than it was when it first launched. Be sure to take a look at the video above to get an idea of what you’re in store for when this game finally makes its way to Google Play.

[Twitter via PocketGamer]