XCOM: Enemy Unknown will feature deathmatch multiplayer

Friday, 10th August 2012 21:10 GMT By Jeff Dunn

Publisher 2K Games has announced that XCOM: Enemy Unknown will contain a one-on-one deathmatch multiplayer mode.

The announcement marks the first time that a deathmatch component will be included in an installment of the popular RTS series.

Multiplayer will still retain the turn-based style of the single-player campaign, with a focus on strategy and tactics. Players will be able to craft their own squad of soldiers and/or aliens, and will each receive 10,000 points at the beginning of each match to spend on various units and inventories. From there, combatants will have 90 seconds to make their next move.

The mode is being kept as a standalone experience outside of the XCOM canon.

“Throughout the history of the XCOM series, players have acted as the world’s last hope against the alien invasion,” said lead designer Jake Solomon. “With the multiplayer mode in XCOM: Enemy Unknown, gamers can finally find out what it’s like to command alien units and unleash extraterrestrial destruction on Planet Earth or defend it with a squad of XCOM soldiers and alien allies.”

XCOM: Enemy Unknown will release for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on October 9 in North America, and on October 12 in Europe.



  1. monkeygourmet

    What happened to the 360 game,

    MS really could of done with an exclusive and it looked like it had promise

    #1 2 years ago
  2. ManuOtaku

    #1 like the new 360 dashboard, games are coming after music, movies, tv, and other things, they are not the main focus anymore, such a shame really, i do like their exclusives ,all of them, even alan wake.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. monkeygourmet


    I hope that once they have a solid media infrastructure sorted (let’s face it, they’re almost there, not that it’s too my tastes: I have a xbmc media center for that!), then they will focus more on the games again for the next Xbox.

    One thing I have hoped is that them freewheeling at the end of the 360 life cycle was just a way of them maximising profits for little cost, kinda like their version of what Nintendo are doing.

    Sony are really spunking their load with exclusives which is always great, but they are really hemorrhaging money by keeping up that pace.

    I love the fact the PS3 has so many exclusives (that’s the only things I really play on mine), but I can’t help that think MS has a safer strategy going into the final furlong.

    They must now that all the major consoles are cheap enough now for everyone to purchase. I.e. a lot of people who own the 360 prob have a PS3 for exclusives too… Why spend money at the end of a generation when you can clean up with Skyrim and COD DLC at a fraction of the price…

    Hopefully though, the focus will be reinstalled for Next Xbox, they def can’t keep this up next gen.

    #3 2 years ago

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