No paid power-ups for XCOM iOS

Designer Jake Solomon says he would not be able to sleep at night if portable version of RTS allowed gamers to pay extra for power-ups.

Purchasable stat-boosting items are common in many mobile games today, but the upcoming iOS version of XCOM: Enemy Unknown will not offer any such microtransactions.

"Oh God, please… no. I'm not sure I would be able to sleep at night," Firaxis Games designer Jake Solomon told IGN. "My food would taste like ashes in my mouth."

XCOM: Enemy Unknown for iOS is a port of the full console and PC version optimized for mobile devices. The game features touch controls, allowing players to rotate the camera using two fingers or tap on a location to queue up a movement order.

Pricing for XCOM: Enemy Unknown on iOS--due this summer--has not been divulged, though Solomon explained to GameSpot this week that it will be "priced appropriately" for a premium game.

He would not comment on the possibility of an Android version, saying that Firaxis is focusing only on the iOS version at this time. XCOM: Enemy Unknown for iOS was announced during a Firaxis Games panel at PAX East in March.

Information from GameSpot editor Maxwell McGee was used in this report.

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60 comments
ArthasReborn
ArthasReborn

I don't think XCOM is classified as an RTS.

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

Good guy.

Microtransactions are the devil.

Also: Android version! C'mon!

Bond_Villain
Bond_Villain

Why cant we have more people in the gaming industry like Jake Solomon?

All we get are the Adam Orth's of the world who couldnt give a flying F about the customer


Frrekcelt
Frrekcelt

Time and again: PLEASE ANDROID VERSION!!!

sorotsorot
sorotsorot

" Terrible vision , We do not keep this kind of person in our company"

---Peter Moore---

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

Finally! A developer with morals!

AlecBlackburn93
AlecBlackburn93

"Oh God, please… no. I'm not sure I would be able to sleep at night." 

I like this human, he understands.

Cypress131
Cypress131

"Oh God, please… no. I'm not sure I would be able to sleep at night," Firaxis Games designer Jake Solomon told IGN. "My food would taste like ashes in my mouth."

He wins my game designer of the day award. :)

JoshDPU
JoshDPU

I'm glad this developer has their head on straight! Microtransactions leave a bad taste in my mouth too.

RossRichard
RossRichard

You know gaming is in trouble when things like this make the news.

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

Oh man I wish more developers  would be like this. The app store has turned to complete crap. Over saturation is a total understatement in the 'free to play' genre. I get angry just thinking about it. 


BuBsay
BuBsay

"portable version of the RTS"


The Real Time Turn Based Strategy game? I think you may want to go over what those acronyms mean again.

darkgod656
darkgod656

while this game may be priced at £5-20 it will be the full game and not some free crap that requires you to buy currency. And it is a port of the game onto ipad. 

DarknautXXX
DarknautXXX

Yes, but the casual gaming crowd will be screaming bloody murder because it will be too hard for them without those powerups.

toshineon
toshineon

"if portable version of RTS allowed gamers to"

Did I miss something? RTS = Real Time Strategy. Isn't XCOM a turn-based strategical RPG?

barrybarryk
barrybarryk

I actually really like Jake Solomon.  He does lots of interviews and did some great marketing work for XCOM Enemy Unknown, the video of him in the game store trying to flog XCOM sticks out as a perfect example

DoublesWorld
DoublesWorld

This comment section is the exact opposite of the Adam Orth article's lol

ps. great guy right there, might go out and pick this one up

Raxyman
Raxyman

I've already finished on the PC, so i'm not that interested in mobile (iOS or Android) versions. It's one hell of a strategy game though.

And people at 2K won even more of my respect. Nice going Jake!

Raeldor
Raeldor

Lol, love that comment!  Good for him!  Whatever happened to perseverance and a sense of accomplishment?  This is the instant-gratification generation, and it's not going to end well!

Joeguy00
Joeguy00

Think if it does well, we'll get an Android release?

JustArtificial
JustArtificial

"Premium" - In other words, Square Enix's pricing; £30/$40 on release.

"'Cause it's like a 3DS" - Said some SE nut.

entan
entan

Great dev, great approach. Not many of those left these days in the mainstream. Also, clearly not many editors old enough to understand what "RTS" stands for and why it's not a synonym to a "strategy game".

Saidrex
Saidrex

Die microtransactions, die!

powerdesignkid
powerdesignkid

At first I read that as "My food would taste like asses in my mouth." Too bad excessive greed doesn't leave an ass flavor in all microtransaction supporters' mouth.

Poison-tooth
Poison-tooth

Good! At last someone says NO to the microtransactions trend!

Fighting40
Fighting40

Now lets get more like working on more games!

Glaxton
Glaxton

Just a clarification regarding the article. XCOM is not an RTS, which stands for real-time strategy, it is a turn-based strategy.

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

Good news!... Though I wish Firaxis would work on a new game instead a port of an existing one, but that's beside the point.

McCanISdown
McCanISdown

Jake Solomon's a good guy. Follow his lead.

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

@ArthasReborn 

Seriously.  They publish these articles with blatant mistakes like that.  It's ridiculous.

Dasim64
Dasim64

@RossRichard Why is this bad to you? A developer isn't charging microtransactions on a portable device and you think that isn't worthy of mentioning? Something like that is rare these days and I wish more developers would follow suit. I hate microtransactions in games. 

Frrekcelt
Frrekcelt

@entan TBS (turn base strategy) you said? Right?

Raxyman
Raxyman

@entan Indeed... It's like calling TPS as Third-person FPS....

kagento
kagento

@LesserAngel They did show a little teaser of what seemed like a new xcom or an expansion. Still not officially announced though. Hopefully they'll give it away soon.

J_Dangerously
J_Dangerously

@LesserAngel Who says they aren't?  A company like Firaxis is capable of managing two projects at once, I would imagine.

FlameBoyBen
FlameBoyBen

@Dasim64 Because they shouldn't be microtrasactions to begin with!

So when developers make the news saying microtransactions are not going to be included for PR value, well its bloody terrible place gaming has ended up in.

Frrekcelt
Frrekcelt

@barrybarryk No one knew what the game was about at that time which was a reeeeeaaaal shame...

FlameBoyBen
FlameBoyBen

@Total_mischief @FlameBoyBen @Dasim64 

I have never actually seen a company considered "indie" actually use it.:P

Total_mischief
Total_mischief

@FlameBoyBen @Dasim64 Micro transactions are a valid business model...for indie companies trying to make some money off of their free to play games.