Developer Goldhawk Interactive announced the game early in February of 2016. The Xenonauts franchise is a spiritual successor to the original X-COM games and features many of the same themes. Set in an alternate history 1970s, players will have to fight against an alien invasion on multiple fronts, alternating between allocating their strategic resources throughout the world and sending crack assault teams out to deal with conflict on the ground.
Xenonauts 2 will serve as a sequel to the original Xenonauts game released in mid 2014. The product of a successful Kickstarter, it has over 200,000 owners on Steam according to Steam Spy. The developers had already invested three years into the project and managed to secure funding to speed up the last phase of development by earning over $150,000 of their desired $50,000 goal. The title has a reviewer score of 77 on Metacritic and a user score of 7.9.
If you'd like to give it a go, you'll need to grab GOG Galaxy, the digital distribution software for the retailer GOG. The pre-alpha demo won't be available forever; once the game reaches a certain point of development, it will move into a paid alpha stage. The free pre-alpha demo will then be deleted and unavailable to play.
If you're curious to check out a different take on the X-COM style of gameplay, take a look while you still can. In the meantime, you can grab the first game in the series on GOG (Affiliate Link), the Humble Store, and Steam for $24.99 or your regional equivalent.
Have you had a chance to check out the Xenonauts 2 pre-alpha demo yet? What do you think of it so far? How do you think Xenonauts 2 compares to the rebooted XCOM games? What do you hope to see in Xenonauts 2? Let us know in the comments below!