It’s a pretty busy day for Firaxis: the studio has just launched its War Of The Chosen expansion for XCOM 2, a project so large that it almost became the third iteration of the franchise. In the buildup to the long-awaited launch, XCOM 2 creative director Jake Solomon and a few of the game’s development staff took to Reddit to host an Ask Me Anything, where users were invited to ask any question that sprung to mind – whether it was related to XCOM 2 or not.
As one can expect, most of these questions were related to the now-released War Of The Chosen expansion that was revealed at E3 2017, and just launched today. One fan named Moomanibe looked beyond the current project, and directly asked Solomon if he’d consider making a spinoff of the XCOM series that focused on a micro element of the entire large-scale strategy franchise. To this, Solomon answered in an excited affirmative:
Hell yes. I’ve always wanted to make a campier X-Com set in a single small town, with more of a horror movie vibe to it. Take all the systems but shrink them down to a much smaller scope. Easier said than done, but I always love thinking about it.
It’s pretty easy to see where elements of the popular turn-based strategy franchise could work well in a horror atmosphere: Chryssalids are already prime nightmare fuel with their ability to put victims in cocoons and zombie-fy them, and the idea that one of your friends might actually be a Faceless (shapeshifter) certainly gives a strong ‘The Thing‘ vibe. Many fans responded in the positive that they’d love to see a small-town in the midst of an XCOM 2 terror attack, though only time will tell if the fan reaction prompts more serious consideration from Firaxis.
Of course, Jake Solomon’s strong indication that he’d love to explore this avenue doesn’t confirm anything. Many professionals often claim they’d love to work on exciting-sounding projects, and this isn’t even the first “hell yes” that has yet to come to fruition. For instance, back in 2012 Jason Momoa used the same phrase to state he’d love to play Kratos in a God of War movie. Still, it’s hard not to be intrigued by the idea of a unique rural town setting with a new cast of characters, in what almost sounds like a crossover between the XCOM and Jagged Alliance franchises.
XCOM 2: War Of The Chosen is available now for PC.