If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

Unhidden Movement: XCOM Demo Is Go

Aha! If you've been fretting about whether XCOM Enemy Unknown is the second coming or an act of outrageous vandalism, now you can - partially - find out for yourself. A two-mission plus base-browsing demo has just arrived on Steam, which sounds like it's primarily tutorially but should give you a flavour of Firaxis' 21st-century reimagining of the classic 90s TBS. Get it from the link on the right of this page. Be warned it's a chubby old six gigabytes, however.

The download process is a bit squiffy here at the moment, so I don't know if the demo is fully live yet, but 2K claim it "will be available today", so keep trying. I'll update as and when it works properly here. Update: it works properly here! So there.

Also, there's some of batshit bonus incentives thingy unlocking new stuff as more and more people pre-order the game. We already know about the Guile 'do, there's also a bunch of TF2 customisations and now they're promising a free copy of Civ V to all pre-orderers if enough extra people pre-pay. It's currently 47% of the way there. 47% of what, I don't know. But it seems likely it'll pull it off before the game's release on October 12.

I don't know as yet (due to those download problems) whether this demo is an accurate reflection of the full game, but I do hope so - and that you like it as much as I do.

You're not signed in!

Create your ReedPop ID & unlock community features and much, much more!

Create account
About the Author
Alec Meer avatar

Alec Meer


Ancient co-founder of RPS. Long gone. Now mostly writes for rather than about videogames.

Rock Paper Shotgun logo

We've been talking, and we think that you should wear clothes

Total coincidence, but we sell some clothes

Buy RPS stuff here
Rock Paper Shotgun Merch