20 years after first contact, the Aliens and the Humans have unified. After the initial… misunderstanding, the Aliens have become humanities benevolent saviours with their new world order, the Advent, having brought peace, prosperity and unity to Earth.
They also cured cancer.
The Advent are your friends - anyone who says otherwise should be reported to your nearest social harmony office for re-education.
Anyone with any information about the terrorist organisation know as X-COM is encouraged to come forward imminently.
For more information, please vist http://www.adventfuture.org/
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So yeah, after everything was said and done, we won the war but lost the peace.
We don't know much beyond that the aliens have defeated X-COM, perhaps gaining control of the world covertly and dismantling then disbanding the X-COM Project before taking over entirely by posing as our saviors.
Alternatively, you know that Iron Man game you quit because you fucked up and lost your A-Team in one mission? This is what happened because your a pussy who couldn't make do with redshirts and pull a victory out of your arse.
Anyway, people live in a plastic utopia, a thin veneer hiding a totalitarian occupation on Earth where dissidents disappear and your neighbor might "move to another part of the Earth" when in reality they've disappeared into nefarious gene lab. XCOM is now the resistance, fighting an insurgency against the Alien Occupation, headed by an organisation known as Advent who present themselves as our benefactors while crushing descent and slowly proceeding with a nefarious agenda of some kind.
1984 run by Aliens, basically.
What we know so far is that we’re going guerrilla with some form of stealth element, have five classes, combat drones, and machetes.
There is also some form of inventory management; we’ll be looting the battlefield for everything not bolted down or on fire that we can carry back to Big Sky before alien reinforcements arrive – get ready to watch your packrat get gunned down just outside the LZ!
Also our base is now a mobile flying fortress, called "The Avenger".
Ha, I guess we Shield now too!
And after Enemy Unknown flopped on consoles while going gangbusters on Steam, this time round it’s a PC excusive, so it comes prepacked with mod support and *drumroll* randomly generated maps! (thank god!)
So yeah, same tactical based combat system, now we get to go on the offensive 24/7 raiding facilities for tech, ambushing occupying forces, rescuing/abducting/assassinating VIPS, and promoting insurrection and rebellion.
I for one am looking forward to levelling advent facilities, kind of like a reverse Terror Attack mission:
OPERATION: Red Typhoon
OBJECTIVE: Cause Terror
X-COM operatives lost:
Finally, our new enemies includes the swoltoids: