XCOM 2 footage shows humanity on the offensive

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IGN (opens in new tab) were treated to a seven-ish-minute demo of XCOM 2 yesterday, and it's interesting stuff: a look at how missions will play out when your rag-tag XCOM teams start out on an offensive foot, sneakily invading alien-occupied territory. See a double Overwatch maneuver; see what one of the procedurally generated levels looks like; see an honest-to-god alien snake-lady do her thing (her thing being to squeeze the life out of us feeble humans).

User-created evacuation zones, evolved alien berserkers, and carried teammate rescues are also shown. The game footage starts at around the 3:34 mark, and it's followed by a bit of a chat with XCOM 2 producer Garth DeAngelis.

XCOM 2 is due this November, exclusively for PC, and here's pretty much everything (opens in new tab) we know about it so far.

Tom Sykes

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.