If you’re a fan of the XCOM series — like myself — you will be familiar with XCOM: Enemy Unknown’s Long War mod from Pavonis Interactive (previously Long War Studios), as it was perhaps the games greatest and grandest mod. That being said, Pavonis Interactive has announced that it is working on the Long War 2 mod for XCOM 2, as well as two other projects, one which is completely original.
Yup, it appears the former modding team, which has been heavily praised by Firaxis (the developer of XCOM) in the past, is stepping on up in the development world, and is developing original games unrelated to the XCOM series. A statement on the developers new website talks about these new plans, as well as the group’s name change.
“Pavonis Interactive design lead John Lumpkin said the name change is intended to mark that the company’s future work will go beyond modding XCOM and focus on developing independent original titles, including Terra Invicta, a grand strategy alien invasion game. Going forward, Long War will remain exclusively linked with the XCOM franchise.”
The other project the team is working on — at the moment — has no information. As for its project titled Terra Invicta, the same website reveals the game is currently in pre-Kickstarter development. It further reveals the title is a grand strategy game in which the players leads the defense of Earth during an alien invasion.
“An alien force has arrived in the far reaches of Solar System and begun probing Earth’s defenses and building an invasion fleet. The player must assemble a council of scientists, politicians, military leaders and operatives who can unite Earth’s squabbling nations with the ultimate goal of taking the fight to the aliens in the high ground of outer space.”
As mentioned above, Long War will remain exclusive to the XCOM franchise, however, there is currently no information on when Long War 2 will arrive for XCOM 2. Additionally, there is no word on when Terra Invicta will hit Kickstarter either.