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Oct. 10, 2012 9:30 am

Firaxis Games launches XCOM: Enemy Unknown, biggest game produced to date

Tuesday was a big day for Firaxis Games, in which the Sparks, Md.-based company released XCOM: Enemy Unknown, its video game “about an elite, multinational military force called together to battle an alien invasion,” reports the Baltimore Sun. From the article: “You’re talking about a big investment to reach a lot of people with a high […]

Tuesday was a big day for Firaxis Games, in which the Sparks, Md.-based company released XCOM: Enemy Unknown, its video game “about an elite, multinational military force called together to battle an alien invasion,” reports the Baltimore Sun.

From the article:

“You’re talking about a big investment to reach a lot of people with a high end production product,” said Steve Martin, Firaxis’ president, [to the Baltimore Sun]. “It’s the biggest game Firaxis has ever produced. … It is a Herculean effort to make something this big.” …

Artists, designers and engineers worked together for years to craft the game, he said. The company even has a professional cinematographer who helped frame the different views and perspectives in the game’s realistic world, to give the player the look and feel of being immersed in a movie. [more]

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is available for the Xbox, PlayStation and PCs. Firaxis itself, whose parent company is California-based 2K Games, is “part of a thriving Maryland video game industry that first took root in the 1980s,” according to the Sun.

A state Department of Business and Economic Development report two years ago estimated the video game industry was part of a larger digital media sector in the state that had $5.5 billion in direct sales. The video game industry grew for years, exceeding even movies in sales, but peaked in 2008 at $21.7 billion. [more]

Sid Meier, creator of the Civilization series of video games, is co-founder of Firaxis, and was one of the judges at the Art Bytes hackathon hosted by the Walters Art Museum this summer.

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Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City, Grist.org, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

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