The classic X-COM-like Xenonauts 2 is heading to Early Access later this year

It is inevitable that as quickly as you make a listing of your most anticipated video games for the 12 months, extra nice video games begin being introduced the second you hit publish. Working example: Goldhawk Interactive’s extremely anticipated Xenonauts 2 has simply been confirmed to be heading to Steam Early Entry later this 12 months. Hurrah! The Xenonauts distinctive was a superb homage to the scripted faculty of X-COM/UFO: Enemy Unknowns of yesteryear, so I am very excited to learn the way its sequel builds on its traditional squad-based ways.

Like Xenonauts 1, Xenonauts 2 may have you’re taking cost of a multinational navy group to defend Earth from an alien invasion, which you may do the old style turn-based method. Along with some improved visuals, Goldhawk has stated that they are including extra maps to Xenonauts 2, an even bigger tech tree, a extra detailed and immersive technique layer to its GeoScape, and loads of new aliens this time round as nicely, a lot of which you’ll glimpse in its shiny new gameplay trailer above.

Xenonauts 2 was first introduced six years in the past, the week XCOM 2 got here out from Firaxis, no much less. Again then, it was slated to launch someday in 2017 on the earliest, and for some time there was a free early construct that individuals may play on GOG. Goldhawk ultimately determined to lift extra growth funds through a Kickstarter marketing campaign in 2018, releasing one other free demo to coincide with it (which continues to be obtainable to play at the moment on GOG in case you fancy seeing what’s what).

It took 12 hours for Kickstarter to be efficiently funded, after which a closed beta for backers adopted, with an Early Entry launch deliberate for March 2019. Nevertheless, as the sport’s attain grew, Goldhawk determined to increase the closed beta and delayed the leap to early entry, stating that they did not really feel it was prepared on the time. And as you’ll be able to see from Goldhawk’s in depth replace go surfing its Kickstarter web page, the technique sport appears to have grown fairly a bit within the intervening years! There are actually dynamic maps, new biomes, and revamped aerial fight within the combine, to call just some.

I am excited, and with an early entry launch on Steam scheduled for someday between April and June, I will be maintaining my eyes peeled for a extra exact early entry date within the coming months.