Published on March 23rd, 2013 | by Fraser Brown0
Research the XCOM project in Civilization V
Well, here’s a cool snippet of information to come out of PAX East, where our own ginger people-person Darik Kirschman is likely in the middle of boozing and schmoozing: soon you’ll be able to play as the XCOM forces in Civilization V. I’ve always wanted to drop a bunch of XCOM squaddies into the middle of a battle for global conquest and have them take over Babylon in the name of Alexander the Great. Well, I haven’t, but if I knew it was a possibility, I would have.
This marriage between Firaxis’s long standing strategy classic and the marvellous tactical alien murder game can be brought about by researching the XCOM project and replaces the normal paratrooper units with XCOM squads. Firaxis developed both the recent XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Civilization V, hence why we are seeing this unusual addition.
The XCOM project research goal will be part of the upcoming Civilization V expansion pack, Brave New World. This is the second expansion for the game, and adds a slew of new toys to play with, from the nine new civilisations, eight new wonders, plenty of extra units and an overhaul of some of the systems, including culture.
The focus of Brave New World will be the later game, emphasised by new scenarios like The American Civil War. The goal of the expansion is to increase the tension of the late game, as the surviving civilisations scramble to achieve their chosen victory type, be that scientific, conquest, cultural and so on.
One of the most interesting elements is that ideologies will be pushed to the forefront. In the later game, leaders will be able to advertise and promote their achievements and culture, spreading their ideology to opposing civilisations. Citizens within those civilisations may end up becoming unhappy with the way their leader is running the show, and they can pressure the leader into changing ideologies. If said leader refuses, unhappiness will increase, as will the chance of revolt. This can happen to player-run nations as well.
Civilization V: Brave New World is coming out in June, this year.