2K has announced and it is releasing XCOM: Chimera Squad this month, a standalone title set five years after 2016’s XCOM 2.
The upcoming game is in the same universe, but will not tie into other entries in the franchise. 2K did release a synopsis which reads as follows:
Set five years after the events of XCOM 2, humans, hybrids and aliens are now working together to forge a civilization of cooperation and co-existence. However, not all of Earth’s inhabitants support the interspecies alliance. City 31, a model of peace in a post-invasion world, is opposed by mysterious groups whose agendas threaten to shatter this delicate interspecies alliance. Chimera Squad, an elite force of human, hybrid, and alien agents, must work together to destroy the underground threats driving the city towards chaos.
A list of new features shows off what players can expect in XCOM: Chimera Squad. New human and aliens will be available with unique personalities and skills.
The biggest addition comes from Breach Mode. Your agents will have a variety of breaching abilities to complete your objective.
The combat is getting changed up a little as 2K describes it as a “series of discrete, explosive encounters, keeping the action intense and unpredictable.” The flashy wording does not give a complete vision for what to expect, but if you played XCOM, then you should have some idea on the action and the reinvigorated “suspenseful strategy layer” that will enhance the game’s depth.
XCOM: Chimera Squad releases on April 24 exclusively for PC. If you buy it on Steam before May 1, you will get the game for $9.99. If you wait too long, it will cost $19.99.