XCOM: Enemy Unknown may not be the most highly anticipated game launch of the 2012 holiday season, but it is one of the more interesting and original titles coming this fall. The game allows players to take on the role of XCOM commander, managing resources and technology research back at base, while also directly commanding soldiers on the tactical, turn-based sci-fi battlefields.
Today, 2K Games and Firaxis Games announced that XCOM: Enemy Unknown is now available for preorder at all major gaming retailers. It is offering pre-orderers some exclusive DLC called the Elite Soldier Pack, which consists of aesthetic customizations for players’ soldiers and an X-COM: UFO Defense-inspired soldier. The game has a scheduled release date of October 9 in the U.S.
Also, as a bonus, 2K Games today released a gameplay demonstration that was shown in secret at E3 and PAX. The trailer shows off combat in the game and demonstrates some of the tactics and weapons players will be using against the unknown alien threat: