Figured it was time to start a hype/news topic for this game, since I know there are a few other Commanders out there who are bound to be excited.
There is no single upcoming game that I'm more excited about than this. XCOM: Enemy Unknown/Within is one of my absolute favorite games from recent years, and Firaxis is one of the few developers out there who I'm willing to put some faith in.
A quick list of what we can look forward to this time around:
-Canonically, we lost the first game, with all the nations of Earth surrendering to the aliens 20 years ago and XCOM forced into exile as freedom fighters waging a guerrilla war on an occupied Earth. So basically, your first Ironman Classic campaign is canon.
-Instead of a static base, you're now operating out of a captured alien supply ship turned helicarrier called the Avenger.
Samuel L. Jackson confirmed to be voicing the Commander.
-This time around the game is PC-exclusive (at least at launch), because Firaxis has realized that they're a PC developer first and foremost. Cry me a river, console peasants.
-Stealth mechanics will be expanded beyond simple line-of-sight screwery, giving you the chance to set up ambushes and the like.
-Maps will be procedurally generated using a sort of quilt system. Building-size sections will be pre-built and arranged to create a new battlefield every time, while still maintaining a certain level of artistic cohesion and niceness and all that fluff.
-Swords and other melee weapons are a thing. Suck it, Bradford.
-Full mod support will be provided this time, with Steam Workshop integration and a suite of editing tools due to be available either on launch day or shortly afterwards.
-Missions will now have alternate objectives beyond simply killing everything, meaning you have have a successful mission without having to engage every alien on the map. To this end, extraction can now be called in from anywhere on the map.
-Dead and wounded soldiers need to be carried by one of your surviving troops for extraction, and a loot system has been implemented where, after killing an enemy, you'll have a limited time to run up to their body and secure your gear. Similarly, any equipment on your downed troops will be lost if you don't pick them up.
-Reptiles apparently lactate.