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Feral Interactive has simply introduced that it is bringing the XCOM 2 Assortment to Android, now that the sport has been obtainable on iOS for the previous seven months. Regardless of the late arrival, we now know that the XCOM 2 Assortment will probably be formally launched on Android on July thirteenth for $24.99. All 4 DLC packs will probably be included with this worth, and as of at present, the sport is offered for pre-registration on the Google Play Retailer, and it is packing an all-new trailer.
Above, you possibly can watch the brand new cell trailer for the XCOM 2 Assortment. Whereas this trailer does not present a lot gameplay, the sport has been obtainable on PC and consoles since 2016, so there are tons of evaluations on the market. Extra importantly, Feral’s iOS port has additionally acquired a bunch of glowing evaluations, which is an effective signal for the Android port slated for launch subsequent month. Actually, the one grievance I can discover is that the iOS model prices an excessive amount of, and seeing that the Android port may even value followers $24.99, this can be just a little an excessive amount of for a lot of to swallow.
As you’ll count on from a cell port, the UI has been redesigned for touchscreen play. That is good for many who solely wish to play on the touchscreen, however it could appear the iOS port doesn’t supply controller assist, and up to now, Feral has but to specify if the Android port will embrace assist for controllers or not.
In fact, if you would like to verify the XCOM 2 Assortment when it is launched in July, you possibly can pre-register by means of the brand new Play Retailer itemizing under to obtain a launch announcement on the day. So here is hoping Feral hasn’t excluded controller assist. In any other case, that $25 price ticket simply is not going to chop it. Premium costs carry with them premium expectations, one thing few cell ports acknowledge, which is commonly why gross sales for premium Android ports suck. Take heed, Feral, lower options usually are not okay, and late arrivals solely imply the sport has been performed elsewhere. Thus, it isn’t arduous to surmise that the XCOM 2 Assortment could have an uphill climb to seek out success on Android at its anticipated launch worth.
Feral Interactive launches the XCOM 2 Collection for $25
As promised, Feral Interactive has released the XCOM 2 Collection on Android. It would seem it took Feral eight months to get the Android version ready after the iOS release, though the lofty $25 price and limited device support put a damper on the whole thing. Sure, this is a complete game that includes all four DLCs for a single price, but the controller support is pretty rough, which is surprising for such a costly port. This means you’ll be better off using the touch controls, especially since the new UI is built around a touch interface. Sadly this UI is pretty unwieldy on a small screen, such as on a phone. Tablets are definitely recommended.
• ASUS ROG Phone II
• Google Pixel 3 / 3XL / 4 / 4XL
• HTC U12+
• OnePlus 6T / 7 / 8 / 8T / 9
• Samsung Galaxy S9 / S10 / S10+ / S10e / S20 / S21
• Samsung Galaxy Note9 / Note10 / Note10+ / Note20 5G
• Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 / S7
• Sony Xperia 1 / XZ2 Compact
• Vivo NEX S
• Xiaomi Mi 9
• Xiaomi Pocophone F1
Why Feral still insists on only supporting a small selection of Android phones and tablets, I have no idea, but when you see the ROG II listed and not the ROG 5, well, something is clearly wrong. Of course, unsupported devices may still be able to run the game (especially if it’s new and high-end), but judging by the awful controller support, your experience may be pretty hit and miss. This is why the $25 price tag is so tough to swallow.
Performance offers about what you’d expect. Cut down graphics, a low framerate, with middling touch controls and seemingly broken controller support. While Feral typically does a good job porting PC games to mobile, the XCOM 2 Collection feels rushed. It’s too hard to play on a phone, thanks to the tiny/laggy UI, and tablet support would be much better if controllers were actually reliable. As is, I can only recommend the game if you’re a hardcore fan that owns a beefy tablet like the Galaxy Tab S7. Luckily the Play Store has an exceptional 48-hour return policy. So if in case you have $25 to spare, you possibly can have a look for your self, and for those who don’t love what you see, merely return the sport.