Earlier this year, Firaxis Games released the latest iteration in the XCOM series, and it was met in gleeful arms of gamers everywhere. The fall is upon us and the studio now has their sights set on bringing XCOM 2 to PS4 and Xbox One.
It’s an interesting time for the console market, with upgraded systems on the horizon, and with the Nintendo Wii U and NX sitting in uncertainty. The base PS4 and Xbox One models were a near certainty for Firaxis to bring XCOM 2 to, but what about the other platforms?
Nintendo’s Wii U hasn’t worked out exactly as they had hoped, and that is part of the reason why we’ll see the Nintendo NX early next year. Before then though, some of you may be wondering why the Wii U isn’t receiving XCOM 2, and Mr. Garth DeAngelis, who is a senior producer at Firaxis Games, has the answer for you.
“We always consider many hardware options, but the PS4 and Xbox One made the most sense. We have ensured the UI and user experience are outstanding with a controller in your hand. Areas like the Geoscape, the overworld, have received various user experience improvements. We had a lot of fans clamoring for this support, as it was popular with Enemy Unknown, and we’re excited to reintroduce it with the console release,” DeAngelis told Redbull.
When XCOM 2 was first announced as a PC exclusive, console gamers were asking for the game to come to console right away. It makes perfect sense that the game is headed to PS4 and Xbox One now, and it’s commendable that the game will debut within the same year that it hit PC.
PC and console are different platforms for developers to create on, and so it’s important that when a PC game comes over to console, considerations are taken into account when thinking about things like UI, menus, and button-mapping. DeAngelis spoke about what Firaxis was focused on when it came to bringing the experience found on PC to consoles.
“We want to ensure that next-gen console owners receive an experience that is in parity with the PC version, and ensuring everything looks and runs optimally is a ton of work. Our technical leads and external partners have been working tirelessly to make this happen. As a lifelong console gamer, it’s a dream to bring something as unique as the XCOM franchise to console owners and hopefully capture the imaginations of some players that haven’t experienced this type of game before,” DeAngelis said.
2K has a big fall coming up with the major releases of BioShock: The Collection, XCOM 2, Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, Mafia III, NBA 2K17, and WWE 2K17. XCOM 2 will debut on PS4 and Xbox One this coming Sept. 27 in North America.