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XCOM: Chimera Squad continues XCOM 2's story and has humans and aliens team up

By Tim Augustin - on 15 Apr 2020, 2:16pm

XCOM: Chimera Squad continues XCOM 2's story and has humans and aliens team up

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Firaxis Games has announced the next game in the XCOM series, and it’s shaking up the series’ formula in a couple big ways. The game is titled XCOM: Chimera Squad, a turn-based tactics game that will be released on Windows PC next week, on April 24, 2020

Watch the reveal trailer: 

XCOM: Chimera Squad is a standalone sequel to XCOM 2, taking place five years after XCOM 2: War of the Chosen. Humans, hybrids and aliens are trying to co-exist, but not all of Earth’s inhabitants are friendly to these new interspecies alliances. City 31 is a model of peace in this new world, but mysterious new groups are trying to break that peace and introduce anarchy back into the world. 

A group of 11 characters come together to form the Chimera Squad, a special operations team made up of humans and aliens alike. The Chimera Squad is given an almost impossible task: to stop City 31 from descending into chaos by keeping the peace. They do this by going into various districts and reducing the level of unrest in each one, before the entire city’s level of unrest goes up. If City 31 hits the maximum level of unrest, it descends into chaos and players fail the campaign. 

The usual turn-based mode of XCOM gameplay has been changed up, as well. Player characters and enemies take turns in a set combat order, titled the Interleaved Turn system. Permadeath is no longer a thing, either. If Chimera Squad characters are downed in battle, they must be quickly stabilised. Otherwise, the player fails the mission entirely. 

A new setup phase called Breach Mode also takes place before combat encounters. Players can choose to either group up characters or have them go separately into battle from different directions. Each point of entry will have its own set of advantages and disadvantages, and players will have to be tactical to make the right decisions that might pay off later in battle. 

The gameplay trailer dives deeper into the game’s mechanics, but it’s safe to say that XCOM: Chimera Squad is not content with just doing more of the same here. The game is currently discounted until May 2 at a surprisingly cheap S$13.95, down from its actual price of S$27.90. 

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