Take control of a multi-national military organisation defending our planet from alien invasion in this deep and challenging strategy game - tense, complex turn-based combat meets large-scale strategic management
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Why Early Access?

“We are using Early Access to allow us to thoroughly test Xenonauts-2 and experiment with the features and balance of the game prior to release. This means the game will be a far more polished and enjoyable experience for everyone when it finally launches!

The community feedback we gained during the development of the first Xenonauts made a huge difference to the final quality of the game and we're looking forward to working with the community to make Xenonauts-2 as good as it can be!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We are expecting the game to remain in Early Access for approximately six months - but it may be longer than that. We'll keep working on the game until we're happy with it!”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The final version of Xenonauts-2 will be a tough strategic and tactical challenge, but the Early Access is not yet at that level. We're working hard to improve and refine the gameplay, fix a lot of usability / stability issues, and add more content.

We'll be adding significant amounts of content in Early Access - more maps, more mission types, more equipment, more enemies, etc. The visuals of the game will also be polished and improved, and we'll be iterating on the interface to make it easier to use and nicer to look at!

Several parts of the game need further development and design work, hopefully in collaboration with our community - the AI is not particularly advanced yet, and there's several new strategic systems (e.g. the main base / air combat mechanics) that we need to to spend more time experimenting with!

Basically, we'll be spending the Early Access phase of development adding in missing features and content, and polishing what is already in place. There's a lot of work left to do, but it's much easier to do it when we have a community around the game reporting problems and giving us suggestions!”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current version of Xenonauts-2 is a playable but incomplete version of the final game, containing the strategy layer, the ground combat and a basic form of the new air combat. However you cannot yet play a full campaign as not all the content has been implemented.

The Early Access version of the game also includes some placeholder art and interface assets, often borrowed from the first Xenonauts. We'll be reworking these before final release!”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The game will remain the same price throughout the Early Access period, but the price will increase when the game leaves Early Access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We welcome bug reports and feedback / suggestions on the game mechanics during the development process. This is best done on our community forums at http://www.goldhawkinteractive.com, but we will also check our Steam boards for feedback where possible.

The community feedback we receive is extremely valuable in polishing up the final gameplay experience, so don't be shy about sharing your thoughts!”
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About This Game

XENONAUTS-2 is a vast single player strategy game in which you control a multi-national military organisation defending our planet from alien invasion.

Battle the extraterrestrials in tense, complex turn-based combat across a variety of maps and missions, recovering and researching their technology to unlock new weapons and equipment!

Take a global view with the real-time strategic management layer: you must establish and develop your bases, conduct research, battle for air supremacy and try to keep the panic level in your funding regions under control.

The strategic and tactical layers of the game are directly related, with ground missions affecting the overall balance of the Geoscape and your research efforts on the recovered items unlocking new equipment for your squads and aircraft. Every management decision you make filters down to the troops you control in battle; every shot you fire could change the balance of strategic power.

Can you hold off the invasion long enough to discover a way to defeat the alien forces?

No knowledge of the previous game is required to play - XENONAUTS-2 is a standalone title with its own setting and narrative.

Key Features

  • Ground Combat: The highly-detailed turn-based combat system gives you fine control over your soldiers as they battle the aliens across multiple different mission types and numerous varied environments. The day / night cycle and destructible battlefields open up endless tactical possibilities to defeat your enemies, and your soldiers will grow stronger as they gain combat experience - provided you can keep them alive!
  • Strategic Management: A complex strategic layer allows you to coordinate the defence of our planet. Establish bases to extend your reach and use customisable interceptors to shoot down attacking UFOs, then deploy your soldiers to secure resources. Capturing crash sites can secure alien technology and live specimens for research, whereas protecting regions from alien activity and terror attacks will protect your funding and prevent them surrendering to the aliens.
  • In-depth Simulation: The structure of Xenonauts-2 is not linear; no two campaigns unfold in exactly the same way. Every element of this complex interlocking simulation has been designed to create maximum coherence between the strategic and tactical layers: small decisions can have an impact across the entire game.
  • Extensive Tech Tree: XENONAUTS-2 contains a vast variety of aircraft, vehicles, weapons, armour, and battlefield equipment for you to experiment with. and a deep research tree with over a hundred projects to unlock. Play the game the way you want to play, devising your own tactics and strategies to defeat the extraterrestrial threat!

Key Improvements from XENONAUTS-1

In addition to the new modular upgrade systems mentioned previously, here is a very small selection of key changes and enhancements:
  • Improved visuals across all parts of the game, including full 3D tactical environments with a rotatable camera!
  • A more detailed and immersive Geoscape simulation incorporating greater player choice and stronger elements of territory control!
  • More environments and maps to fight in - including our new Jungle and Boreal biomes!
  • New aliens have been added and many existing ones have been redesigned, all of which will benefit from our new and improved AI system!
  • A larger research tree with more lore and an expanded variety of equipment for your soldiers to use in battle!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: i5-4690 (or equivalent)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 770 (or equivalent)
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: i5-7600 (or equivalent)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 970 (or equivalent)
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
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