By Steve Wright
GAME NAME: XCOM: Enemy Unknown
DEVELOPER(S): Firaxis Games
PUBLISHER(S): 2K Games
PLATFORM(S): Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
GENRE(S): Turn-based Strategy
RELEASE DATE(S): 12 October 2012
2K Games and Firaxis have announced that their first piece of downloadable content for XCOM: Enemy Unknown is called "Slingshot." They recently sat down with Joystiq to discuss what it entails.
The DLC will feature three new Council missions, each with a unique story arc. The stories will take place in China and features a Triad operative named Zhang, who is a playable character. Unlike other XCOM operatives, Zhang has a unique face and voice.
Firaxis have promised that the new maps will provide different objectives and new mechanics, and point out that the new maps will not be available in multiplayer.
Additionally, the XCOM: Enemy Unknown "Elite Soldier" Pack, originally free with a pre-order or launch day purchase, is now $4.99 on the PSN or Windows Live Marketplace, or 400 MSP on the Xbox Live Marketplace. It features the following:
- 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 fully modernized.
- 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.
A price point and release date for "Slingshot" is still unknown.