You’re reading 9to5Mac — experts who break news about Apple and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Mac on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel

XCOM_2_Review_Screenshots_Tactical_Gatekeeper-2_HUD

Update, Apr. 8, 2016: XCOM 2 is now available on the Mac App Store for $50.

XCOM 2, a sequel to the popular XCOM game franchise’s original release, is launching today worldwide for both Mac and PC users, 2K and developer Firaxis announced.

The best 4K & 5K displays for Mac

The franchise has received a few releases and spin-offs for Mac and iOS in recent memory — and a refreshed version of the original XCOM: Enemy Unknown game in 2013 — but XCOM 2 is the first official sequel to the original 1994 XCOM: Enemy Unknown release. The game seems to be going over well with players with mostly 9 out of 10 and up scores from the reviewers. 

XCOM-2-screenshot

And here’s a break down on the story in XCOM 2 from 2K’s press release:

In XCOM 2, humanity lost the war against the alien threat that has established a new world order on Earth. XCOM, formerly a secret paramilitary organization, is largely forgotten and must strike back from the shadows to reclaim Earth from the aliens’ rule and free mankind from their evil plans.

The developers noted some new additions in XCOM 2 for those familiar with past XCOM titles, including: a unique new narrative, more varied and powerful aliens, procedurally-generated levels and modding support.

It’s available today for $59 on Amazon, GameAgentSteam and elsewhere with the Mac version available as a digital code for Steam. 

Watch the new official launch trailer below:

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

About the Author