Incoming! UFO: Alien Invasion

I saw at over at the GBase that the people behind the fan-made UFO: Alien Invasion have officially opened their website. You might want to take a look at this one if UFO: Aftermath hasn't fully satisfied your X-COM lust. According to the crew their project is not meant to be a remake of or a successor to the X-COM games, but is "heavily inspired" by the Microprose classic. Like the original series, Alien Invasion is said to be turn-based strategy title. Of course, technology research is essential for your progress and success. And there's more to the game, which actually has the Quake 2 engine running beneath it:

You can play UFO: ALIEN INVASION with your friends via LAN or Internet. One player takes the role of the human special squad while the other is in control of the alien invaders. Co-op team play with multiple players on both sides is also supported for up to three teams on each side (6 players total).

They've put up some shiny screenshots in addition to that. The team is currently working on a demo of the game, which may or may not be available by the end of February. We'll definitely keep an eye on this one. Some of the North-American gamers among you are probably wondering what the whole "UFO" deal is about. Well, the first X-COM game was released as UFO: Enemy Unknown in most parts of Europe.

Comments

Looks great! I would have been just as happy with a non-3D presentation like the original but this looks solid. Here's hoping they can get it finished!

This is why John Carmack rocks so hard. He releases all his engines under the GPL after thier commercial life is over. At the time everyone was going "Why? Are you crazy?" Then you can look at things like this, where someone has taken Quake 2 way farther than it could ever have went before. Awesome stuff. There's also several open source 3D engines based on Quake technology. I can't wait till Quake 3 gets GPLed.

I was all set to post that I didn't think I would be interested because I wasn't a fan of X-COM. Then I looked at the screenshots... looks fun.

I can't wait till Quake 3 gets GPLed.

I bet they won't do it before Doom 3 comes out. Sure hope it does soon.

High prices combined with limited selection for Region 47 DVD's (Deep Space: Alien Homeworld) led to the initial confrontation between aliens browsing the store and well-intentioned but mis-informed defenders of Earth. Violence at DVD Shop was inevitable.