I'm not sure it's possible for us to be much more excited about an iOS game release as we are for 2K's XCOM: Enemy Unknown which just hit the New Zealand App Store for the equivalent of $19.99. It won't be available in the proper US App Store until 11:00 PM Eastern tonight, but, if you're in a different region than us, be sure to jump on this iTunes link to grab the game whenever iOS games typically become available for you.

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We're going to have loads of XCOM content today between a TA Plays and an actual review, it's just going to take a while to get rolling as the game is a 1.86GB download which then expands all the way out to 3.23GB once finally installed... XCOM will run on the iPad 2 and up as well as the iPhone 4S and up, so if you've got one of those devices, have $20 to your name, and are as stoked for this game as we are... Make sure you've got free space on your device so you're ready to roll the second the game is available in your area.

Oh, and of course, we have a thread in our forums for the game. Be sure to check it out.

International App Store Link: XCOM: Enemy Unknown, $19.99

  • bunnyfoofoo27

    Just bought it and am downloading now. Needed 4.1 GB free before download would begin on ipad 3. Super excited to play this when I wake up. I'm in NZ and its 11:20pm. Between Star Wars and this my ipad is getting more attention than my VITA lately. Still love VITA though but I'm glad I hung onto my ipad for sure.

    • SoyGreen

      Awesome - thanks for sharing how much space you needed to install... my 2.2 GB won't cut it! Looks like KOTOR will be coming off for a while.

      • Jaylewl

        Remove FREEMIUM games. :P

  • MrHSakerEsq

    This is one in the eye for Playstation Plus licence 'renters', as I'm looking forward to 'owning' my copy of Xcom.

    • LunaKnight2

      Look up aliens vs humans ios

      • SoyGreen

        I hesitate to recommend that one - while the game play is great - there are a lot that can't get past the graphics. I've played it and it's quite enjoyable - but the visual experience PALES compared to XCOM. That is really pretty obvious to see from a single screen shot of each.

        For many - especially to those who loved the original XCOM - yes - AvH is a great game. But I've mentioned it to a lot of people and several haven't given it a shot purely due to the graphics. Yes it's judging a book by its cover - but they do it. :P

        EDIT: I shouldn't say "hesitate" - that's the wrong word... But I've had a couple buddies pass on it cause of how it looks. XCOM won't have that problem.

      • http://ask.fm/MidianGTX MidianGTX

        XCom might still have the same problem... the console and PC versions still look a lot better and have more content. Seeing the praise might lead somebody to research the game and then decide to buy the "superior" version on another platform.

      • jamarohn

        The fact that this version is portable makes this the superior version for me.

      • http://ask.fm/MidianGTX MidianGTX

        You're entitled to that opinion, but it's still a sad fact that there is less game to be had on the iOS version. And of course, my comment was referencing people who routinely play PC and console games.

    • snipyro

      That has to be the most ridiculous comment I've read. PS Plus subscribers pay a yearly subscription of around 70 to get a whole heap of games to play/"rent". I only joined this month and I've already played a ton of free games, which includes XCOM. Most would agree its a pretty great deal. I'm as happy as anyone that iOS is getting some real games, but paying 20 for XCOM to "keep" the game has nothing to do with PS Plus. It's not like PS3 players can't purchase a copy of XCOM to keep if they wanted to.

      On topic: while I'm not intending to buy the game as I've already played it, I'm pretty glad to see some quality titles on smartphones. I've not touched my iPad 4 or Android phone for gaming for almost a year due to the increasing number of standard runners or freemium games. Here's hoping this isn't just a one off.

      • handycapman

        Once you get ps+ the chances of you getting rid of it are slim. It's such a good service! I wish other companies would do similar things. Oh and if you are payin 70 a year for plus you are doing it wrong.

      • MrAlbum

        He might be using a currency other than US dollars. People in other places play games too! ;)

  • speedyph

    YESSSSSSSSS OMG !!!!!!!! CAN'T WAIT UNTIL 11

  • bababewey

    Damn, my backlog is about to get substantially more backed up.

  • Goat76

    Hope I don't break my iPad this gm can be frustrating

  • worldcitizen1919

    But New Zealand is only a tiny insignificant island (Hobbit land)that plays Rugby and they get it before us Aussies?!! What do I delete is my big decision!!

  • JasperA66

    What time out in Aus? 11?

  • XxNMYPeTeRxX

    Oh no I just have 2.6 GB left on my iphone:(

    • SoyGreen

      KOTOR will be coming off my iPad for a while so I can install this one... not sure what I'll remove on my phone. :P

  • cynicalgamer

    Well, it is now 11.02pm in melbourne and it is still not in the store. Where is it? I am hanging out to play it.

    • cynicalgamer

      Midnight and it is still not up in the Aussie iTunes Store.

  • SoyGreen

    CRAP! I'll need to free up a LOT of space on my wee little 16gb iPad... Totally worth it though!