All right, ever since 2K Games originally announced a reboot of X-Com with that FPS monstrosity that just about every old-school gamer railed on after seeing the gameplay walkthrough, a lot of companies and developers have been going out of their way to provide gamers with a true next-generation iteration of a game like X-Com. One of those companies happens to be French development studio Brain Candy and one of those iterations happens to be Fray.

Today, Brain Candy announced that those who pre-order the game will have instant-access to the game's alpha builds as it draws close to release, giving gamers an idea of what they just bought before it actually releases. To be honest...I. Love. This. Concept.

The biggest problem with the mainstream gaming arena is that you pre-order something and have no idea what the game is like until a demo surfaces a few weeks before the game's release, assuming a demo surfaces. With this approach you at least know what you're getting into long before it actually becomes available. I assume there's also going to be a lot of feedback and player QA with this approach as well.

With Fray, a dystopian, cyber-punk, futuristic, turn-based action game, gamers will take a squad of up to four soldiers with various skills and abilities into combat as they fight for various mega-corporations within a virtual-reality simulator known as Fray. It goes without saying that it carries heavy influences from the original 1993 version of Syndicate as well as the tactical orientation of X-Com and plenty of new-school graphic and visual effects.

Those of you who pre-order the game right now will be able to do so for only $19.95 and you gain access to the alpha demos to get an idea of what's in store. Be warned, though, there are only 1,000 spots available for the alpha testing. If you decide to wait you'll eventually have to fork over a budget-priced $24.95 when the game finally does release later this year.

You can check out the new combat screenshots below or pay a visit to the Official Website to learn more about Fray.

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