The latest issue of Game Informer has arrived, and it contains a massive article on XCOM: Enemy Unknown. A fan was kind enough to transcribe the first details from the magazine – you can find the information below.
The first screenshots can also be found here
•randomly generated missions, terrain. Developer says you’ll never play the exact same mission twice outside of a few story missions which feature in-game cinematics
•fog of war is confirmed. area starts off with darkness everywhere, and the average soldier can’t see shit
•enemy spawns are randomized
•mobile platform called SHIV; customizable for new chasis
•Sectoids and Mutons confirmed
•The base’s screenshot is accurate. It is now a side shot instead of top down. You can also upgrade your base, like the satellite, with alien technology
•There was an example in one scenario where Japan had the laser rifle already developed before the invasion because they felt threatened, so that seems random.
•You have 16 countries in the funding council you need to keep happy. Some provide more money, but others, like Africa, provide more raw resources
•The sniper units have a grappling hook ability to get on top of buildings
•Gunners have a suppressing fire
•you can equip your xcom guys with all kinds of different guns. customization looks like a big deal
•Apparently there’s some sort of cinematic view when your guys get killed. They didn’t cite VATS or anything, so I doubt it’s too in depth
•Unexperienced agents can panic, freak out, etc if something bad happens
•Firaxis designer states that the PC version will have an enhanced interface. He cites Dragon Age: Origins on PC and console as a big inspiration
•In the scenario they showed, one member died. Because of this the other squadmates didn’t get an experience bonus
•Without the bonus, the sniper leveled up still. He was able to choose from two abilities. Either Squad Sight(which means he can shoot anything a squadmate can see) and Snap Shot(which lets him shoot after moving. Something snipers aren’t normally allowed to do)
•You can’t recruit specific classes. You can only recruit rookies and then level them up to become specific classes
•The guys in suits in the screenshots are ‘Thin Man’ aliens. They’re able to leap long distances
•Challenge is stressed a lot
•same quick save/load system though they are considering an iron man type mode where you can’t load previous saves
•Firaxis states that they’re not rebooting it, they’re re imagining it. Using the same core gameplay with modern technology, weapons, audiovisuals, etc.