Strategy fans won't be able to play XCOM 2 anytime soon. Firaxis Games announced on their website today that they're pushing back the sequel's launch date by months.
Firaxis' announcement revealed that XCOM 2's release date is now February 5th, 2016. The studio was previously targeting a November release. They explained that they want extra development time to expand the game's features:
We want to give you an update on the release date for XCOM 2. We’ve set a high bar for the sequel and the entire team has been working hard to make sure we deliver a great follow-up to Enemy Unknown. We just need a little more time to make it the best possible game.
My first reaction when I read about the delay was, "Huh, maybe they're going to make the game multiplatform after all?" XCOM: Enemy Unknown and expansion Enemy Within were released on Xbox 360 and PS3 along with mobile devices. It seemed plausible that the sequel would be as widely released.
However, Firaxis made no mention of other platforms in their announcement today. It seems the game is still going to be a PC exclusive, at least at launch. Firaxis previously explained that they're focusing on one platform so they can make the game as deep as possible:
When we looked at what we wanted to do with the sequel, we had all these very, very ambitious goals.To do that, we had to use all of our studio expertise … and our expertise here is PC. That's our home, and that's where we're really comfortable.
While turn-based strategies arguably work best on PC, Firaxis made the first XCOM work pretty well on consoles and mobile devices. If the sequel sells well, I imagine Take-Two will push for ports to push its commercial potential.
XCOM 2 is set 20 years after the first game. In this future, aliens have successfully taken over the world. The XCOM agency is now an underground resistance movement, striking at the alien government. They're headquartered in a stolen alien ship that lets them launch attacks throughout the globe.
The sequel will build on the original game's mix of base management and turn-based strategy. Players will have access to new weapons and gadgets to take on never-before-seen enemies.