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XCOM 2 console release date set for September

Our new alien overlords have kept console gamers waiting long enough: XCOM 2 will be released on PS4 and Xbox One on September 6 in the US and on September 9 internationally. The sequel to the turn-based tactics game, which lets players mount a desperate resistance 20 years after total alien victory, first came out on PC back in February.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown hit all three platforms simultaneously, but console gamers will have to wait the better part of a year to start playing its sequel. Console developer The Workshop (which also worked on Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and The Evil Within) might be spending some of that time working on a console control scheme, since XCOM 2 only launched with native support with that wacky Steam Controller.

Aside from the controls, XCOM 2 will play the same on consoles as it did on PC: players will build out their mobile headquarters, recruit resistance fighters, and engage in grid-based skirmishes with alien forces. It will also include a head-to-head multiplayer mode, letting players build human/alien hybrid squads to take on their peers in randomly generated arenas.

Pre-ordering XCOM 2 (it's set to retail for $59.99 in the US) will get you the Resistance Warrior Pack, which includes a "Survivor of the Old War" recruit and extra soldier customization options. A digital deluxe edition will also be available, which includes all paid DLC for the game and the Resistance Warrior Pack.

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