XCOM 2 box art makes skulls sexy, new trailer wages war


We’re more than a smidge excited about XCOM 2; a fact you probably garnered if you checked out our recent hands-on. If you weren’t already won over by its beefed up character customisation or alien snakes, then the turn-based tactical shooter will surely own your heart as soon as you clap eyes on its gorgeous box art.

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And by ‘gorgeous’, I of course mean ‘pretty damn terrifying’.

Yes, that is indeed an alien head composed of hundreds of human skulls. Delightful. If I didn’t want to win XCOM 2’s intergalactic war before, I sure do now. You can view the full-size cover on ourimgur.

There’s also a new XCOM 2 trailer which shows off the sheer scale of the mankind-enslaving threat:

Aside from that decidedly bold box art and video, developer Firaxis has been dishing the details on the game’s digital deluxe edition. Said edition is available for pre-purchase now, and costs $74.99. Stump up that sort of cash and you’ll bag the base game, the digital soundtrack and the Reinforcement Pack. Here’s what the pack contains:

  • Anarchy’s Children: Rebellion-themed content with more dramatic soldier customizations. Available Spring 2016.
  • Alien Hunters: New gameplay highlighting an elite alien hunting unit of XCOM as it tracks down “Ruler” aliens, plus a new mission, additional soldier customization options and more powerful weapons and armor. Available Summer 2016.
  • Shen’s Last Gift: Introduces a brand-new sixth soldier class with unique upgradeable weapons, armor and customization features, as well as an additional narrative-driven mission and map. Available Summer 2016.

In addition, those who pre-order XCOM 2 will be rewarded with the Resistance Warrior Pack; an add-on that provides extra soldier customisation options which take the form of new outfits, gear and war paint.

XCOM 2 is looking to rule the galaxy when it launches February 5. To prepare, I’m going to spend the next couple of months punching my E.T. plushie in the face.