We've been all over Firaxis Games' XCOM: Enemy Unknown since first rumors of its arrival hit the internet, and per a recent press release, the game is coming this Thursday the 20th (So, Wednesday at 11:00 PM, most likely.) for $19.99. It'll run on the iPad 2, 3, 4, and mini, as well as the iPhone 4S, 5, and 5th generation iPod touches.


It's going to be a universal app with both Game Center and iCloud support, providing the complete console experience in a snazzy new touch interface. Additionally, multiplayer is said to be coming later via a free update. Awesome, right?

We'll have a full review and all sorts of coverage on the game as soon as we can.

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    • Tyler Piderit

      I feel even more excited that I haven't had the time to play it on my PC yet, so playing it mobile will be even more fun!

  • Sanuku

    My wallet is ready.

  • bababewey

    6 weeks earlier than I thought. 2 months ago I guessed $19.99, perfect price. Couldn't be more excited for a game release.

  • mekanikal fiend

    Free right now for playstation plus

    • MrHSakerEsq

      But you only 'licence' the game while you are a member. You do not 'own' your own copy, so good luck with that.

      • Ryan

        You don't technically "own" games on the App Store either

      • Chronosv2

        You still have more choice over what you do with your apps than you do with a PS+ free download.

      • cplr

        You don't pay a subscription fee to have an apple id. Did that point really need to be made?

      • fuzzlor

        You also don't get games that cost 15-40 dollars for free.
        Lets stop comparing apples and oranges.

      • MrHSakerEsq

        But you're not getting the game for 'free'. You're getting a licence to play it as long as you keep up with your subscription payment plan. So in the end you don't own anything and have received nothing for 'free'. In essence you've spent money on getting zero. Not even an apple.

      • riChchestMat

        Like renting a house?
        I have PS+ and for the £30 a year it's well worth it. I'm 'borrowing' about 30 premium games a year and when I'm done I delete them. It's a blast. And I don't lose them after a year because right now there's no reason not to resubscribe. So that includes XCom and I have no free space on my iPad. So there.

      • FuZion

        Agreed. I love the PS+ service. I've played & finished loads of games for a small fee per year. No regrets.

      • NickyNichols

        Agreed. I have lived in my RENTED house for 3 years now, and it has served it's purpose just fine.

      • MrHSakerEsq

        Okay then let's roll with your analogy. If you rent a house all you are doing is simply paying off someone else's mortgage for them. And again, when you stop keeping up with your agreed payment plan you'll own nothing. Not the house, nor the game. This is why it's always better to own than to rent.

        Besides all that, you should be happy to support good devs and the gaming industry. Especially for an exceptional game such as this.

      • Illuminerdy

        Buying a house is a dumb idea.

      • Ryan J Gill

        The games I've downloaded for.free on vita, I either will be dune with long before my year is up, or I will scoop up later on the used market. And I currently intend to resub next year at least. There is value to the service.

      • SyKot

        Yeah, but you can still backup up them via iTunes and install them later via Jailbreak, if for instance, Apple closes or something like that.

      • subshell001

        "If for instance, Apple closes or something like that." A valid concern. But: haha. ha. right.

      • detourne

        Well for some of us that live outside of North America it is a concern. A few years ago Korea switched their stance on games in the App Store, I lost access to about $40 of games I already purchased because the apps changed. Including a few Gameloft titles. Customer service from both Apple and Gameloft blame me for not backing up files (that I lost due to an iOS update)

      • Atomos

        I was always confused by that, since you get to actually download your own .ipa file.

      • themostunclean

        Spot on. As long as you save that .ipa file in a secure place, you'll always have that app. Even if it's taken off the App Store.

        That's why I get aggravated when android fanboys complain that Apple doesn't let you actually "own" any of your apps. That's complete BS.

      • hellscaretaker

        I third that and know its true i got games that i can still play that are no longer on itunes cause i backed them up on my PC. Thats how it should be after all you brought the game or App. Question is it at all possble to say give the files to a friend or there something in place to stop you from doing that???

      • Nick

        As long as you have the file, they currently do not have a way of blocking you from using the app/game/etc.

        So whatever the terms are, unlike PSN or Xbox Live, there is no current way to cut our ownership.

  • Maniacfive

    Amazing! I will definitely be doing the usual 'staying up late just to purchase immediately despite being too tired to play at that point' dance on Thursday.

    • subshell001

      It's just nice knowing it's there, waiting for you when you wake up.

    • ImJPaul

      Haha. I do this too. I have to get up at 5 am so I usually go to bed at 10 but I stay up till 11 on Wednesday nights if something good comes out. I'm not the only one. Yay

  • spawn12345

    Where is the buy button?!!?!? I want to klick it a thousend times!-

  • oooooomonkey

    Wow ill be skipping this. You could get it on the console for that price, and then trade it when your done.

    • speedyph

      No u can't it's 40$ bucks Kidd

      • Tomate Diseño

        Try $80 - pretty sure it's still 50GBP on the xbox live downloads.

      • vogelmann

        I bought it for my Xbox as a used game for 15 Euros.

      • Ryan Bach

        I paid $13 on PC. It's $40 full price on consoles, maybe, but it goes on sale frequently. It's been given away multiple times, too, and PS+ is giving it away right now. $20 is indeed kinda high for a game that has been sold for less than $20 on every other platform it exists on.

      • themostunclean

        You have a point but there are a lot of people who can't afford a PS+ subscription or rely more on mobile because their PC is crap. For those people, this is an amazing opportunity n

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  • NickyNichols

    I had fun with this on Xbox, but not $20 iOS kind of fun.

    • JindoFox

      $20 is half a tank of gas, or a few fancy coffees, or a couple of packs of cigarettes, or a few drinks out, or a nice steak, or a cheap shirt, or a portion of your phone bill, or .....

      I wish this site had a way to tag bitchy posts about pricing so we could choose to not see them.

      • NickyNichols

        It's also $20 great iOS games.

      • saansilt

        This is a great console game on iphone.

      • Ryan Bach

        A great console game that is missing content on iOS and is cheaper on other platforms.

      • Outrager

        Depending on how much they like XCOM or Strategy games, those alternate choices you gave might be better options.

      • Benegesserit

        All those things don't matter (plus most of those things are overpriced as well, especially gas, but it's a necessary evil depending on where you live). This game is cheaper on platforms that are better suited for the game. Doesn't get much more backwards than that.

    • matus

      If the options are £20 or free but with endless money to speed up really long research timers or unlock items I know which I'd choose. A fair one off price for a decent game.

      If it was a DS game it would sell for that, and this looks better than a DS title!

    • LeeDot

      So people endlessly complain about freemium but also complain about something that's a completely reasonable price for a console quality game with no iap. What's a dev supposed to do?

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  • spawn12345

    lol people want full console/pc games on app store but dont want to pay the price for them. Have fun with your crappy f2p games

    • lewsheff

      Spot on bro

  • Bischi777

    Allready finished it on ps3 but buy it again just for the heck of it! Need more console games for ios!

  • rednekzomby

    Really hope this does well at this price point. Need to see an end to the constant barrage of micro transactions and pay walls that are clogging up the app store.

  • JaysUsernam

    Happy to buy it for $20 as it is is a full console level game, it's time to let devs know that iOS is a valid gaming platform and we want more than the .99 angry birds type games. Having said that, I would say that $20 is my iOS ceiling for pricing.
    Love that it's dropping just days after picking up my new ipad min!

    • iammane

      Hell yea, hopefully this does well and other devs take note 🙂

    • MrHSakerEsq

      Agreed. Support the devs and encourage them to build even more awesome games.

      Day one full price purchase!

    • fuzzlor

      Between this and iOS 7's controller support devs will probably pay notice.
      Not that I want to replace my pc but some comparable games on my ipad would be nice.

      • iammane

        I kind of wouldn't mind replacing my pc lol.. Is that bad?

      • handycapman

        Not at all!

  • Hans P. Köter

    Just in time for the holidays... Instabuy.

  • p0tent1al

    What I love most on all the replies here is no one even thinking twice about the price point.... awesome developer, awesome game and true gamers know this is worth every penny! Bargain actually! 🙂

  • Mandi

    I seriously thought they might have gone with $30-$40 pricing on this one. I already have the Xbox version and *just* got the PS3 version through PS+, but for twenty bucks I will happily grab this the moment it releases! Commuting to work is going to be awesome next week!

  • SlowPC

    I got my PC copy for free with a promo so I think I can give them 20 bucks for it now... gonna have to review it as well after release.

  • tidusryan

    Awesome, I already have this game on pc and played the shit out of it so I probably won't double dip, but anyone who hasn't played it yet should drop the $20 for a $50 legit pc game on iOS.

  • cuw

    Nice, I was a little disappointed with the replayability on the PC but still getting a really good game available on iOS and it not being 10 years old is a huge deal. Buy this game and support the industry. It amazes me that people will bitch about f2p and IAP but when a real great game comes out for more than $5 it is way too much. If you want real games you gotta pay. Porting isn't cheap, redesigning interfaces isn't cheap, and the development of the entire game before it was brought to iOS wasn't cheap. AAA games cost more and they merit the price. The campaign in this game will take you 15+ hrs if you play perfectly and more likely 20+ so you are getting more bang for your buck than most other games out there.

  • SoyGreen

    Well... I'm ready! Not sure my family is for how much I will be neglecting them after this hits the app store!!! 🙂

    Instant purchase! Can't wait to play it on this platform!

    (But man - it's been an expensive month! Warhammer Quest, Knights of the Old Republic, Now This! Love it!)

    • speedyph

      Yup I'm so excited for where ios gaming is headed

      • SoyGreen

        It's truly about time too! The devices are OBVIOUSLY powerful enough. Hopefully the devs really see a return on it and this becomes a really good trend.

        Also exciting to see that we might be getting some proper controllers to play on as well. I don't mind the touch screen - but having a legitimate controller will help some of the games tremendously!

  • vicsark

    [Troll mode ON] Man, I wish this game was free with IAP [Troll Mode OFF] 😉
    Great news, I really need a 128Gb iPad 🙁

    • ENDWARO7

      I have that one! 🙂 it's worth the money!

  • saansilt

    Sad thing is that many will try to hold off for a very weak chance of a .99 cent sale.

    • mclifford82

      More of an inevitability on the app store than a weak chance. Just depends on how long you'll wait.

      Though I think the only chance on this one is when XCOM 2: Friendly Territory comes out.

  • Skullinton

    Got it on pc, on xbox and soon on iphone!

  • ImJPaul

    Perfect. So ready for this.

  • crunc

    I am ready to buy it at that price for sure, but I'm worried about how huge it's going to be. I'm going to have to delete a lot of stuff I'm guessing. I will do it, though! Perfect game for the iPad IMHO.

  • crunc

    Also I was not expecting it to be universal! Alas, I have an iPhone 4, but that's OK, I will play on my iPad 2.

  • dylanmannen

    WHA, This is fucking awesome news! 😀 will deff get this game when it hits. Wonder how big it will be? x) my guess is i cant have starwars and this game on my ipad at the same time... xD

  • swarmster

    "The complete console experience" is a little disingenuous since "the way we've got the vast majority of our space savings is by cutting the map count of the base game quite a bit." (- Jake Solomon, lead designer).

    I love the big titles coming to iOS and the price is great, but the OCD gamer in me means I still have to go elsewhere for the full game.

    • iammane

      Yes BUT, I had read that instead of a pool of let's just say 50 randomly generated battle maps there are 30... Is it that much a deal breaker?

      • swarmster

        I'm sure the game's still fun, but, well, why buy the version with fewer maps?

        I have to assume that at some point during the game's original development, the question of 'how many maps should we have' was raised, and (to use your example) 30 was judged too few. Why else would they have spent the time and money to create more?

        Now they've gone back and because (for some reason) they want to save space, they've decided that 30 maps is sufficient. Well, do I want the sufficient version or the complete version?

      • Bool Zero

        It's more about IOS or rather Apple devices specific app size limit, not about them wanting to hold back content intentionally. They had to do so to meet Apples requirement.

      • swarmster

        Huh, seems you are correct. From the Developer's Guide: "iOS apps can be as large as 2 GB". Honestly didn't realize/forgot there was a limit.

        But the point still stands. I'd like to support this game, but I think I'd rather get all the content.

      • iammane

        I hear ya, but at the same time since I have no consoles and a nice fat PC I never get to use I'll take the sufficient one haha

      • oz9

        It's a problem, because the PC version doesn't even have enough maps. I've played 70 hours on the PC and ended up playing several maps multiple times. Far too many redundant forest maps too. It's a shame they weren't able to use some of the assets from their earlier iterations; for example farm maps were entirely excised when they switched to a cover based gameplay mechanic. The PC version is 13GB, and that would indicate numerous maps have been removed; but nobody in the press seems to be asking the question.

    • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

      FYI - the PS3 seemed to have the same map over and over, but new areas would become active and you could explore different spots.
      But it rarely felt like, 'Ooooh, where am I?' and more like, 'Ok, where is this supposed to be this time? Looks like the last place.'
      That said, this game *ROCKS* (on PS3) and I support anyone willing to take a risk on a great game. XCOM should be the norm, not stupid FPS games.
      Uh, I mean they changes it in this version to a 'turn-based FPS', sorta, but it's more strategic/mental and less 'run and gun'. And no breathing in your ear!!! (Hate that in FPS's!)

  • putermcgee

    While I'm looking forward to this, the fact that I just got it on PSN makes it a hard sell for now. If I play the console version, and I feel the need for a mobile version, I'll probably pick this version up later on.

  • Bloodangel

    I'm big fan of these games since the old c64/Amiga days. Love all the proper Ufo games

    • LunaKnight2

      Look up aliens vs humans

  • RCastle

    Fine, but too late. X-Com is free with Ps Plus and I waited and now have it. Some bad timing I guess.

    Hopefully they can't compare sales of a ported game, rather than a unique game.

    Anyway, even if you do not have Ps Plus, it costs $20 anywhere on other platforms right now - Physical copy's you can resell, so it IS EXPENSIVE.

    I'm all for good, expensive and expansive games on iOS but a year old port for $20? Sorry but I'll pass...

    • iammane

      So then you probably thought KOTOR for 9 bucks was really shitty haha.

      It's at least nice getting something not SUPER old!

      • RCastle

        Not really.

        What I'm afraid is, if the sales are disappointing, they blame the platform, not knowing that probably everyone that really wants Xcom as already bought it, or got it "free" on PS Plus...

        I don't want developers saying that they won't develop for iOS as no one buys $20 games.

        If they launch a day one, AAA title on iOS, exclusive title, download only they can charge even more than than $20.

        For ports of old titles I really think $10 is the limit.
        (and old for me can be 1 year old or 10 years old)

      • iammane

        Crossing fingers this goes well then 🙂

    • Maszek

      Its not expensive by nintendo or eshop standar da thats for sure. Lol $40 for pilotwings? You kidsing me son.

  • twistedmind87

    Can't wait!! Wonder how big it will be though?

  • loganexplosion

    Just in time for half x-mas

  • animejoe

    Sweet! Can't wait!

  • P10MX

    This game is sooo boring

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    • subshell001

      Your comment is terribly boring.

  • LunaKnight2

    For those who want a cheaper version look up alien vs humans

  • BaltimoreDave

    When did Firaxis acquire the Xcom property from Microprose Software? I was working at Microprose in 95 before it bought and sold like a hot potato. I find it fitting that Sid Meir's company has one of the premier titles of his former company.

  • worldcitizen1919

    This release will see $20 games the norm. Gameloft will be watching with interest and kicking themselves they didn't charge $20 for Gangster. I just hope that the others that follow with $20 games give us our money's worth and not just a price hike because the bar has now been raised. If this has IAP then this is very, very bad news for gamers. If it doesn't it could bring back premium games which I hope it does and I will support with my wallet but $20 plus IAP and we're in trouble.

    • andrew9oh7

      Xcom devs said no IAP

    • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

      If the other co's bring QUALITY games, people will pay $20 or so. If they bring annoying 'play for 5 min's & delete' games, it's hard to get the .99c out of someone's pocket for that trash!!!

      • iammane

        Also, this is not a rip off of a game, I think Gameloft would have a hard time bagging 20 bucks for a Gangstar game when it's so obviously a bite on GTA. Maybe for something original...

  • worldcitizen1919

    VERY HAPPY. Just read that NO IAP. Now this could open the age for what we've all waitined for - premium games WITHOUT IAP.

    Will be buying this for sure and I hope everyone else does.

  • BaltimoreDave

    To answer my own question: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-COM#Intellectual_property_rights

    What strange journey it has been for XCOM IP

  • DannyTheElite

    No iPod 4 support.

  • Reignmaker

    Will probably wait for the reviews to make sure it isn't buggy/incomplete. It's a pretty ambitious undertaking, not doubt. That being said, I'm really hoping this will be good and will probably buy.

  • subshell001

    Buy it if you want to show Firaxis they should port Civ 5 to iOS, too.

    • Maszek

      I would take even 3 or 4 thank you.

      • subshell001

        I would, too, but that seems a little less likely.

    • flashbackflip

      Thats my dream. With mods as DLC

  • bwort110

    Its the same campaign as on pc or? I enjoyed playing it, but i dont know if i want to play the same game again.

    • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

      Game lacks replayability, IMO. Lots of tactical gunfights can be fun, but tech tree is always same, etc.

  • jeffyg3

    Holy hell yeah. Instant purchase

  • FIFTHSUN2012

    19$ for a console quality game? I'm in! Finally someone gets it. There are like a gazillion free to play and .99$ games out there marketed to non-gamers who want cheap throw away experiences. And thats fine to a point, but we are starting to really see the power of these little devices. They are a viable platform for real video games. When iphones first came out I used to look at my friends playing their angry birds and such and then I would go back to Siphon Filter or God of War on my PSP. Now its come full circle. While you cant substitute the feel of a real controller I would say its almost on par with the Vita. Mobile gaming is becoming real gaming if there is such a thing.

  • http://digitalblasphemy.com/ Ryan Bliss

    Multiplayer with two people on the same iTunes account (iPad vs iPhone for example)? I would pony up $20 for that.

    • subshell001

      Multiplayer is not in the build yet. They are implementing it in an update.

  • Shadowking2214

    Never played Xcom,so I guess I'll try to pick this up 😀

    • LunaKnight2

      If you want to experience the original xcom look up alien vs humans

    • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

      It's a sweet game.

  • phantom_cupcake

    So happy, and it's a lot earlier than I thought it'd be, I was expecting it to come out with brave new world, and those of you complaining about the price, it's a fully ported game that came out on consoles less a year ago, I know it doesn't have as many maps but what is there to complain about? I see nothing, just a brilliant game made for console/pc coming out on ipad for a good price compared with what I paid for the ps3 game, already waiting on that multiplayer!

  • sparky1862

    Incredibly excited but worried it can't live up to this much hype. It may be good,then bad,then good again.

  • Bool Zero

    My biggest concern right now is figuring how I am going to free up the space!

  • BadMrFrosty

    Soooo excited!

  • brando

    Does anyone know if it will be more or less than 5 gigs? There is just not enough storage space on my 16 gig ipad.

    • ZarieoZ

      It's less than 2GB. But installation would need 4GB free space to unzip the download file, but after that it'll take between 1.6GB & 2GB on your device. Hope this helps 🙂

      • jamarohn

        You can get around this by downloading the app to your PC/Mac first then installing it to your device via synch.

      • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

        4Gb? With a cloud and internet, how on Earth can dev's reasonably make software that big for mobile?

        I vote: weak sauce!!!

        NOTES: I have XCom for PS3, loved it, was surprised at all the 'loading' screens (aren't we beyond that yet?), and saddened at the quirky controls -- but I still loved it.
        And while you can't control which class a PC levels up in (???), and you don't know who will be psychic, and there are parts of the game that make very little sense (and thank you WIKI for answering my questions), the game still *ROCKS*.
        I'd recommend playing this game on any device, if you can. (But no way I've got 4gb free on my phone, plus I don't make the min specs anyway. Meh!)

      • phantom_cupcake

        It doesn't take 4gb, it only takes 2gb but for your device to install it, you need 4gb free, you can help this by installing it on iTunes on a computer first and installing it that way, but it doesn't take much away

      • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

        Aha, so it 'ONLY takes 2gb' on my mobile device.
        Thanks for clearing that up. What relief!
        (Still think that *SUCKS* for 'mobile' gaming.)

  • Reignmaker

    I know they had to nerf the resolution to make it fit, but is it still retina-enabled?

  • echoman83

    I've been playing this on my PC and I've been loving it. I'll gladly drop $20 to support devs who want to give a AAA game with no IAP. The fact I can play a mission on my phone during my lunch break at work makes me excited, not to mention it will have multiplayer soon after.

  • Ryan Bach

    FYI, it's not the "complete" console experience. The iOS version has a lot fewer maps.

  • flashbackflip

    Perfect game for touch interface. Glad i haven't finished ps3 version

    I'm still waiting someone to port original X-COM:TerrorFromTheDeep
    Maybe with FX-fix, but not necessarily

  • FuZion

    Funds are ready for the day!

    Thanks for providing a proper full game & not a stupid freemium model.

  • valkuryn

    Yes I love this game. I have it for the pc, Xbox and will buy it on release for os. I just want more content and I am willing to keep buying this game to show the devs I love it so they make more updates and content packs. I love how people complain about price and then gripe that there is no new content released for the game they want for free/cheap well if a company dose not make a lot of money on a title then the chances of Add ons and stuff are slim to none. Support your fav devs and games.

    Sorry for the rant.

  • Nick

    My biggest question has nothing to do with the price of the game, I need to know how much stuff I have to delete in order to install the wonderfulness that is this game.

    FRAK why does Wednesday at 8pm have to be so farting far away!!!

  • Jaylewl

    This is gonna be epic!! Deleting all my **** FREEMIUMS!!!

  • Ben Norvell

    Can someone tell me what XCOM exactly is? Like what's the gameplay like, and if there's a story to it, because I know nothing about the game and it looks very good.

    • mr ed209

      Ben - aliens are invading earth and XCOM is the global initiative set up to defend earth. Mainly you send your team put to battle aliens or rescue civilians in a turn-based strategy game. Between missions you build facilities and equipment in your base, expand your operations and train your troops.

      Check out any review of the XBOX, PS3 or PC game. They are this game, just with a few more maps, that all.

      Oh, it's excellent - the only turn-based strategy that's ever clicked with me.

      • phantom_cupcake

        Ever tried civ? Better in my opinion but contains a lot of the same elements ie tech and resources...

      • mr ed209

        Ben, ignore the Civ comment, it's not really anything like Civ once you get playing.

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  • GSport

    Maybe FireMonkey will read this post and realize that they should have sold a premium version of Real Racing 3. I have owned the game since day one and have not spent a cent on IAP's. I would gladly have paid $20 for the complete game.

    • Skullinton

      EA must realise, it is extremely unlikely that it was Firemonkey's choice to put it freemium.

  • jForsythe

    How big will the download be.? Has it been mentioned anywhere.?

    • flashbackflip

      4gb to be downloaded & unpacked then 2gb when unpacked

  • http://blog.ademagnaye.com Ade

    Holy crap, I'm willing to pay a premium for this, but $20's a bit too steep for me at the moment. Will prolly wait a few weeks before I get this.

  • RinoaHeartily

    Is it out in New Zealand?

  • RickShaw

    A TA plays needs to be done for this game!

  • twistedmind87

    BTW : Gangstar Vegas unpacks at 2.6gb and KOTOR is 3gb. So I think the ceiling is 3gb for universal / iPad apps. 2gb for iPhone apps?

  • JeromeHall

    Hot damn

  • bunnyfoofoo27

    This is out in NZ NOW!

  • http://www.tap-start.com/ Mirkwood

    Okay, so, debates over PS+ aside, this game is awesome. And will be well worth owning on more than 1 platform 🙂