XCOM is becoming a board game, with a companion iOS app


If you love playing XCOM on your Mac or your iPad, you’ll love this. Fantasy Flight Games in cooperation with 2K Games have announced that XCOM is coming to a game chest near you. Called XCOM: The Board Game, it’s basically RISK for alien hunters. But don’t think this is just analog: you’ll need your iPad or iPhone to play.

While there aren’t a lot of details about how XCOM: The Board Game will actually play, it appears that the game will focus more on the XCOM game’s macro component. The board itself represents the video game’s Geoscape, where you can manage your troops and resources, research new technology, and keep your eye on which of the world’s countries are currently under threat of alien invasion.


But the companion app is what really makes this an Apple story. Fantasy Flight explains the app like this:

The app’s primary function is to coordinate the escalating alien invasion, randomly selecting from one of five different invasion plans. Each invasion plan represents a general outline that the alien commanders will use to coordinate the arrival of new UFOs, plan strikes against your base, and respond to your successes or failures as it seeks to conquer Earth. The app manages all of these tasks and heighten’s [sic] the game’s tension as it forces you to respond in real-time. Then, after you move quickly to coordinate your response, you engage the enemy in the untimed resolution phase and feed the results to the app. Based upon these results, the app launches the invasion’s next strikes.

A cooperative game for between one and four players, XCOM: The Board Game should be available at retailers before Christmas. I’m a huge XCOM fan, as well as a lover of Fantasy Flight Games’ board games, so I can’t wait.

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