XCOM: Chimera Squad Announced, Launches April 24 on Windows PC via Steam

XCOM: Chimera Squad

2K Games have announced XCOM: Chimera Squad.

Taking place after the Overlords fled earth in XCOM 2, peace was formed between the remaining aliens and humans. Five years later, City 31has become a beacon of that peace. Peace that is now under threat by a conspiracy to overthrow it all. For a squad of humans, aliens, and hybrids to fight off foes in turn-based tactics combat.

Before entering combat, you can decide how to breach the location, with different advantages and disadvantages from various points. Different characters can breach from different locations, with some only possible to some aliens.

Combat itself has Chimera Squad and enemies alternate turns, though the turn order can be manipulated by abilities. Should an ally die, the mission fails, and need to be stabilized.

Finally, missions can be selected from your headquarters. Each area of the city must have its “unrest” lowered, but other missions offer better rewards. Some missions, called investigations, can help unlock other missions quicker.

You can find the announcement and gameplay overview trailers below.

The game is also 50% off at $9.99, if pre-ordered before May 1st on Steam.

You can find the full rundown (via Steam) below.

XCOM: Chimera Squad delivers an all-new story and turn-based tactical combat experience in the XCOM universe.

After years of alien rule, humanity won the war for Earth. But when the Overlords fled the planet, they left their former soldiers behind. Now, five years after the events of XCOM 2, humans and aliens are working together to forge a civilization of cooperation and coexistence.

Welcome to City 31, a model of peace in a post-invasion world. However, not all of Earth’s inhabitants support interspecies alliance. Chimera Squad, an elite force of human and alien agents, must work together to destroy the underground threats driving the city toward chaos.

Your agents are unique: each of them equipped with special tactical abilities and driven by a different motivation for joining Chimera Squad. Deploy targeted team members to investigate and combat the dangers that pervade the districts of City 31. Lead Chimera Squad through a new experience that innovates on XCOM’s turn-based legacy, utilizing strategy, teamwork, and new breach-and-clear gameplay to complete your mission objectives.

The future of City 31 depends on you.

Unique Alien and Human Agents

Each of the 11 agents have their own distinct personality and tactical abilities, including species-specific attacks like the Viper’s tongue pull.

Specialized and Complementary Classes

Execute devastating combos by teaming the right agents and utilizing cooperative actions. The difference between mission success and failure can depend wholly on team composition.

Re-Envisioned Tactical Combat

Missions are structured as a series of discrete, explosive encounters, keeping the action intense and unpredictable.

Breach Mode

Shape the battlefield to your advantage with a new combat phase that injects your squad right into action. Strategically assign your agents to different entry points and coordinate their assault with a range of Breach-specific skills.

Interleaved Turns

An automatic initiative system slots individual agents and enemies into an alternating turn order, creating new strategic possibilities based on what unit is queued to act next—and what unit is at the greatest risk when they do.

Suspenseful Strategy Layer

Outside of combat, manage the operations of a high-tech HQ, where you must prioritize competing tasks, investigations, and agent assignments in the face of a ticking clock: the constantly rising unrest in the city’s various districts, driving City 31 closer and closer to total anarchy.

XCOM: Chimera Squad launches April 24th on Windows PC, via Steam.

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