XCOM director Jake Solomon might have his hands full at developer Firaxis working on Marvel’s Midnight Suns, but he has reassured fans that the series hasn’t been forgotten. The last entry in the beloved sci-fi RTS game was XCOM 2 which released back in 2016. However, Firaxis is now hard at work on its major Marvel project, but says XCOM is “definitely not dead.”
Speaking to Video Games Chronicle recently, Solomon said that the XCOM series is still one of Firaxis’ treasures. “As long as I live, as long as Firaxis lives, XCOM is… I won’t even say sleeping. I will say XCOM is definitely not dead,” Solomon confirmed.
XCOM received a spin-off PC game in 2020 called Chimera Squad, but the franchise’s last major entry was XCOM 2, released over five years ago. In that time, Firaxis had presumably been working on the spin-off as well as the ambitious Marvel’s Midnight Suns.
On that note, Marvel’s Midnight Suns appeared at last night’s Summer Game Fest, confirming Spider-Man as a playable character as well as a release date of 7 October 2022. It will come to PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC on this date, but a Nintendo Switch version will arrive at a later stage.
Additionally, publisher 2K confirmed four different version of Marvel’s Midnight Suns:
- Standard Edition – $59.99. Base version on PS4, Xbox One and PC
- Enhanced Edition – $69.99. Base version on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, plus five premium skins
- Digital+ Edition – $79.99. All formats, 11 premium skins
- Legendary Edition – $99.99. All formats, 23 premium skins and Season Pass
On the plus side, it’s good news that XCOM hasn’t been shelved at Firaxis. The RTS series still maintains a sizeable following and it widely regarded as some of the best modern strategy games today. Hopefully this means that a third game is on the way.
Source: Video Games Chronicle