Sci-fi strategy game XCOM 2 is heading to consoles, with 2K Games and developer Firaxis announcing a 9 September release date on PS4 and Xbox One. The game was released on PC in February to a chorus of glowing reviews celebrating it as a marked improvement over reboot XCOM: Enemy Unknown, a classic in its own right.
Developers The Workshop – which has previously worked on Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and The Evil Within – has been tasked with porting the game over to Sony and Microsoft's consoles. The console version will be sold at a slightly discounted RRP of £39.99.
In a statement 2K Games marketing VP Matt Gorman said: "Firaxis has successfully enhanced the XCOM franchise, as XCOM 2 has earned both massive critical and fan acclaim. Many console gamers have been vocal about bringing XCOM 2 to their platforms, and now they can look forward to joining the resistance this September."
In our five-star review, we said XCOM 2 was "at once radically different and reassuringly familiar," adding that it "improved where it needed to be improved" and was refined "without losing the core appeal of the series."
Announced as a PC game, XCOM 2 was never likely to stay a PC exclusive. Enemy Unknown, a reboot of the 22-year-old series, proved an unexpected hit on Xbox 360 and PS3 back in 2012. "The incredible reception of XCOM 2 has been rewarding and humbling for the team, and we've known console fans have been clamouring to play the game too," said Jake Solomon, the game's creative director. "As avid console players ourselves, we're excited to work with The Workshop to bring XCOM 2 to all of our fans."
XCOM 2 arrives on PS4 and Xbox One on 9 September internationally but on 6 September in North America.