X-COM gets multiplayer thanks to a fan patch

And I’m not talking about the FPS remake that 2K showed off at E3. That’s XCOM. What I’m talking about is 1994’s X-COM: UFO Defense (or UFO: Enemy Unknown in Europe), that still remains one of the greatest games ever made.

Now gamers can have a taste of that classic gameplay with a bit of the new hotness the kids call “multi-player”, thanks to a fan project called UFO: The Two Sides. As might be implied by the title, players can engage in one-on-one tactical duels, with one side playing as X-COM and the other as the Aliens.

Alongside the multiplayer comes XP/Vista compatibility, some upgrades to the graphics and UI (now with keyboard shortcuts!). And eventually, you’ll be able to play the full single-player campaign as the Aliens themselves, crushing puny humans with your Sectoids and terrorizing gas stations and random farms.

The developers, who’ve been working on the project for over a year, have just released a public beta, which is available here. You’ll need a copy of the original game, though, which is available on Steam (and other places as well). Check out a video preview below the cut.

Try it, and know why the term “HIDDEN MOVEMENT” still keeps some old-school PC gamers up at night.

New X-COM Multiplayer Fan Project’s Beta [Game Set Watch]

 

Josh Tolentino
When not posting about Japanese games or Star Trek, Josh served as Managing Editor for Japanator. Now he mostly writes for Destructoid's buddies at Siliconera, but pops back in on occasion.