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'XCOM: Enemy Unknown' coming to iPhone and iPad this summer

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A "full AAA port" of the hit console game that's less than six months old

XCOM iOS screen
XCOM iOS screen

Last year's critically-acclaimed strategy game XCOM: Enemy Unknown is coming to the iPhone and iPad this summer, according to publisher 2K Games.

An iOS port isn't itself that novel — Rockstar Games, for example, has been re-releasing classics like Grand Theft Auto III and Max Payne since 2011, as have veteran gaming companies like Sega, Capcom, and Square Enix. What sets XCOM apart is that it's a AAA title with high production value that's less than six months old (it launched October 9th for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC) — and 2K Games is promising this will be a "full port" of the game, except for a few maps that were cut to meet Apple's size limitations.

From Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to iOS in under a year

The game is being worked on by 2K China with original developer Firaxis providing "guidance," according to Polygon. The company released a video showing a working version of XCOM: Enemy Unknown on the iPad with full touchscreen implementation — a "touch interface is sort of uniquely suited to strategy games, especially turn-based strategy games," notes the original game's lead developer Jake Solomon.

No word on if iPad / iPhone versions would be sold separately, but a 2K representative did tell Polygon that XCOM would be a premium-priced app.