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XCOM: Chimera Squad - What we know so far
By Sam Jones - 20th Apr 2020Games
Info on the new strategy game from the XCOM universe
The human fought hard on the brink of extinction, but it was all worth it - and now, both humanity and alien-kind fight side by side.
After a couple of teases online, 2K finally unveiled XCOM: Chimera Squad, the next installment in the popular turn-based strategy franchise that will keep things ticking over until XCOM 3 is announced, whenever that might be.
In this latest title from Firaxis Games' XCOM universe, you'll lead a squad of unique, battle-ready agents through a new experience that innovates on the series' turn-based legacy - utilizing strategy, teamwork and new breach-and-clear gameplay to complete your mission objectives.
Ahead of the game's launch on April 23rd, here's what we know so far about XCOM: Chimera Squad.
New and improved combat features
XCOM: Chimera Squad will feature a new battle feature called Breach. You'll be able to shape the battlefield to your advantage with this new combat phase that injects your squad right into action.
Strategically assign your agents to different entry points and coordinate their assault with a range of Breach-specific skills. The game also has an automatic initiative system that slots individual agents and enemies into an alternating turn order, creating new strategic possibilities based on what unit is queued to act next - and what unit is at the greatest risk when they do.
The missions are structured as a series of discrete, explosive encounters, keeping the action intense and unpredictable.
What's the story?
Fives years on from the events of XCOM 2, the humans have clawed back control of Earth from years of alien ruling, resulting in the otherworldly Overlords fleeing the planet and leaving their former soldiers behind.
XCOM: CS's all-new story is set in City 31, a model of peace in a post-invasion world, but not all of Earth's inhabitants support interspecies alliance. Chimera Squad, an elite force of human and alien agents, must work together to destroy the underground threats driving the city toward chaos.
Strong strategy throughout
Outside of battle, XCOM: Chimera Squad lets you manage the operations of a high-tech HQ, where you'll need to prioritize competing tasks, investigations and agent assignments in the face of a ticking clock - the constantly rising unrest in the city’s various districts, driving City 31 closer and closer to total anarchy.
The 11 types of agents - both human and alien - at your disposal in XCOM: Chimera Squad are unique, each of them is equipped with special tactical abilities and driven by a different motivation for joining Chimera Squad. You'll deploy targeted team members to investigate and combat the dangers that pervade the districts of City 31.
Each agent's distinct personality and tactical abilities will prove useful in your strategy and firepower, including species-specific attacks like the Viper’s tongue pull!
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