We had a chance to chat with Garth DeAngelis, the lead developer on XCOM 2 to chat about some of the neat new features that will be showing up in the game, including the ability to pick and choose the gender and nationality of your squad.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown is one of the games I'm most looking forward to this fall. Aside from reviving an interesting older franchise, the game blends turn-based strategy with Civilization-style resource management and diplomacy. Earlier this week, publisher 2K Games released an interactive trailer for XCOM that lets you simulate a few versions of a battle, where your squad may or may not get eradicated by the invading alien hoards.
In an announcement that is surprising no one, Firaxis has announced that Civilization V is under development. And while much is being made of the game's promised features -- including additional civilizations, leaders who speak in their native tongues, and long-range bombardment by units (but wait, wasn't that in Alpha Centauri a decade ago?) -- no one seems to be covering the drastic change apparent in the screenshots.
That's right -- the map uses hexagons instead of squares! What is this, some Avalon Hill monstrosity? Sid Meier must be rolling in his #9 Power Grid slot.