XCOM fans did not see this coming.
XCOM: Legends is a new mobile game from the XCOM franchise that is now available as early access in select countries.
Its existence has never been revealed not until a YouTube channel “Android IOS Cabogame” released some early gameplay footage being recorded presumably from a phone.
The developer of the game, Iridium Starfish, might not be a familiar name to most, but the California-based developer happens to be linked to 2K’s parent company Take-Two Interactive Software.
The new mobile game would make fans of the XCOM franchise feel at home as it retains the turn-based RPG fans have known to love.
What to expect
The game includes several game modes such as a Campaign where the player has to defend against waves of aliens or a PvP (player versus player) mode where they pit real players against each other to rank up and earn rewards.
Apart from the Campaign and PvP, daily challenges and narrative stories per acquired “heroes” are to be expected.
XCOM: Legends also includes a gacha game that lets players spend premium currency to obtain special characters.
XCOM: Legends also includes an AFK (away from keyboard) system neatly called “IDLE” which spells out as “Integrated Drone Looting Experience” where various amounts of loot such as gear and resources are gathered and automatically placed inside the player’s inventory.
Its main focus is to build squads and unlock “Legendary Heroes”, each of which have their own heroic tale to tell. Mix and match from a variety of species, utilize their strengths and weaknesses, and maximize their abilities by adding powerful mods.
XCOM and mobile games
XCOM: Legends is not the first mobile game the franchise has put out. XCOM: Enemy Within has been out on Android and iOS since November of 2014 while XCOM 2 released its iOS version in November of 2020 and an Android version in July of 2021. Both games have been praised by critics and fans of the franchise.
Unlike previous games, however, XCOM: Legends is a vertical-oriented type game, so it should make it easier for mobile gamers who are on the go to interact with the game’s interface.
Being from the same franchise, XCOM: Legends story happens within the XCOM 2 timeline. Not much is known about the specifics, but the official Google Play description speaks of a story where the player takes control of XCOM—the franchise’ namesake—and being one of the last defense groups on Earth, to fight against the alien scourge named “ADVENT”.
The player’s objective, taking the role as a Commander, is to create and organize squads from XCOM’s cast of warriors—including those before and those that are in the present—to fight against the invaders.
XCOM: Legends is now available for early access and testing.
XCOM is a popular franchise that mainly focuses on turn-based tactics and strategy that makes players choose a series of actions staging an attack. While XCOM: Legends remains to be in early access, previous XCOM games like XCOM 2 are readily available and can be played both on Android and iOS devices!