Firaxis announces XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Sid Meier's Firaxis Games has announced XCOM: Enemy Unknown, a strategy game in the mould of the Julian Gollop classics to be released this autumn for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

The announcement comes from Game Informer magazine, and is billed as a "full-on strategy game" in stark contrast to the FPS reboot in development at 2K Marin, whose president Christoph Hartmann memorably said last year: "Strategy games are just not contemporary … times are changing."

Firaxis president Steve Martin said: "It's been a dream of ours to recreate X-COM with our unique creative vision. We're huge fans of the original game and it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to reinvision a game that is as beloved as X-COM.

"We were careful to keep XCOM: Enemy Unknown true to the elements that made X-COM such a revered game while deliveringan entirely new story and gameplay experience for both die-hard X-COM fans and newcomers to the franchise."