Creative Director Jake Solomon Says He Wants to Make a Horror-Themed XCOM

XCOM 2 creative director Jake Solomon

Despite anyone’s ill-tempered behavior, horror games are all the rage in this day and age. There may not be any rats stuck in a cage, but there are a host of jump scares and brooding evil that awaits players around any given corner.  However, horror titles usually stick to first or third person perspective, places a gun or camera in their hands, and lets them run free. Throw a story in there and you’ve got yourself something that players will enjoy. One genre that hasn’t been very prominent in the scary bits are turn-based strategy titles. XCOM 2 creative director Jake Solomon would like to change that a bit.

In a recent Reddit AMA(Ask Me Anything), Solomon and a few members of the development team hit the web to answer fans’ questions. With the War of the Chosen expansion having only just released a few days prior, what better time to field some queries? Most, of course, were related to the title which Jake Solomon and team are known for. Reddit user MOOMANiBE asked a five-parter, with the creative director focusing on the last one – “Could you ever see yourself doing a civ-coloniation style spinoff that focuses on a micro element of the XCOM experience?” He responded with:

Hell yes. I’ve always wanted to make a campier X-Com set in a single small town, with more of a horror movie vibe to it. Take all the systems but shrink them down to a much smaller scope. Easier said than done, but I always love thinking about it.”

With everyone accustomed to the typical entries in the horror genre, wouldn’t it be nice to offer something up in the style of a turn-based strategy title? One Redditor even thought the idea akin to popular 1990 sci-fi film Tremors, which featured a ragtag bunch of small town residents having to make a base of operations out of the local general store. Of course, this doesn’t solidify anything, but it is wonderful to dream now and again. Stay tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers in case this game comes ends up being a thing, and for other glorious news, check out the following:

What say you, gamers? Would you love to see Jake Solomon’s dreams come to fruition? Is there a market for horror-themed turn-based strategy games? Sound off in the comments section below, and be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7!

Eric Garrett2269 Posts

Eric is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he is not staring at a computer screen filled with text, he is usually staring at a computer screen filled with controllable animations. Today's youth call this gaming. He also likes to shoot things. With a camera, of course.


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