In a bit of a surprise for the series, Firaxis Games’ XCOM: Enemy Unknown will feature a one-on-one deathmatch mode.
In the multiplayer, players will be able to “pick a squad of soldiers, aliens or even combine a squad of both unit types to create the ultimate mixed squad to command in battle.”
Multiplayer iraw on the gameplay, tactics and strategy of the single-player experience without any direct ties to the narrative, thereby becoming a standalone experience.
“Throughout the history of the XCOM series, players have acted as the world’s last hope against the alien invasion,” said Jake Solomon, lead designer of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. “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.”
The game releases on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 on 9 October in the US and 12 October pretty much everywhere else.