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Xenonauts now available on Steam
Posted: 01.06.2013 16:09 by Comments: 4
Goldhawk Interactive's XCOM-style global scale strategic / tactical combat strategy game Xenonauts is now available on Steam Early Access. The game takes place during the Cold War as a multinational organization fends off an alien invasion.

 
Xenonauts was Kickstarted last year, and features the usual tropes for an XCOM-style game: non-scripted ground combat missions on varied maps from urban to remote locations against different types of aliens, all the while dealing with the big picture as players must choose which battles to fight on the Earth. In the meantime, they must also research different techs as well as harness alien technology.

Despite getting its release on Steam Early Access (for $19.99 USD), the devs freely admit the game is still being improved, as the studio has the following tasks:

* General Balance & Pacing Improvement: Xenonauts is an extremely complicated, almost sandbox-esque game. It's a lot of effort to get it balanced, and we only started work on it recently!
* Strategic UI Update: The UI of the strategic game is mostly placeholder and not very attractive. There is an update in the works that will make it more appealing (it will match our ground combat UI).
* Air Combat Auto-Resolve: Not everyone likes playing our air combat minigame. We will add an auto-resolve feature prior to release so you have the choice.
* Xenopedia Art: A large amount of the art has already been done, but not all of it.
* AI updates: The AI is currently acceptable, but we want to add more advanced tactics and differentiate behaviours between different species more.
* More Maps: The game has nearly 50 maps in it already, but they can get repetitive. We therefore will be adding a lot more.
* Final Mission: The final mission has some scripting in it which is yet to be added, so it doesn't work properly.
* Finishing Touches: There's also bound to be a lot of small improvements and updates to do to get the game working perfectly.


Check out the Steam game page here.
Source: RPS
Related games: Xenonauts (PC)
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Comments

By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jun 02, 2013
herodotus
I do like the looks of this, even with it's cartoon style menu/interaction screens. I like the addition of air combat, and if it's better than "XCOM" it could be a 'feature-stealer'. Twenty bucks is still a bit stiff for an unknown product though, but I do like getting involved with a game's development.
Then again, that just might be a fancy way of saying "We're stuck in Alpha....HELP!".
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Jun 03, 2013
JonahFalcon
It already made its Kickstarter. Nothing wrong with waiting for reviews on this one.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jun 03, 2013
herodotus
Yes, but the game is still in development, so the reviews might be some way off. Curse their "Syndicate"-style screenshots....it's just not fair on older gamers.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Jun 03, 2013
JonahFalcon
What I mean is wait for reports on the progress of the game. Fans on the forum will give the best indication of when it's done.