“Real-Time XCOM” is a pretty good release, and that’s what Red Solstice 2: Survivors seems to promise, as we saw on the Future Games Show. Control a squad of soldiers fighting mutants on Mars, ordering them in real time, though the action seems to slow down a bit when the command wheel is put on. There is also a cooperative mode that allows up to eight players to work, each controlling an individual soldier.
There’s also a strategy layer, with technology to research and upgrades for your troops, which can have different weapon loads, technology, upgrades, and skills. And you have six classes to choose from: doctor, assault, rebuild, heavy, demolition, and shooter.
This multiplayer mode sure seems like a big draw. It sounds frantic, as if you've expanded a StarCraft sailor squad defending a bunker from a horde of zerglings and then taken individual control of it. We hope they have a better survival rate than those sailors used to have.
Red Solstice 2: Survivors will be available at Steam from 17 June.