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XCOM: Enemy Unknown Release Date & Pre-Order Bonus Revealed

May 22, 2012 Written by Nick Michetti

2K Games and Firaxis have announced the release date for XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

The publisher announced that XCOM: Enemy Unknown will arrive for PS3, Xbox 360, & PC on October 12th. Gamers who pre-order the game at participating retailers will receive the Elite Soldier Pack, which contains:

  • 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 in his full glory, modernized with the rest of the XCOM universe.
  • 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.

The standard PC version of the game will be exclusively digitally distributed via 2K’s digital distribution partners. However, a special retail PC version ($59.99) will include a copy of the game for PC and a number of unique XCOM items, including an art book; fold-out poster of the XCOM headquarters; XCOM insignia patch; and a collection of digital bonus assets such as desktop wallpaper, soundtrack and more.

Steve Martin, President of Firaxis Games, said:

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is the answer to the 15-year craving that X-COM fans have been experiencing. We wanted to find a special way to honor these die-hard fans, and the special edition and Elite Soldier Pack are just the way to do it.

Sarah Anderson, Senior Vice President of Marketing for 2K, said:

As we reimagine XCOM, one of our goals is to evolve the experience while recognizing what made X-COM one of the greatest PC games to date. It’s important to create an experience that is appealing to both existing fans and newcomers to the world of XCOM, which is what we’re doing with XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

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