Fans of shooting aliens can start doing so in October. Fans of slaying demons, however, will have to wait until the beginning of next year.

Yesterday saw two big upcoming releases get dated, and today follows suit.  The new DMC:  Devil May Cry game–a collaboration between Japanese series publisher Capcom and Western developer Ninja Theory (known for the underrated Enslaved:  Odyssey to the West and the PS3 exclusive Heavenly Sword)–will be released on January 15, 2013.   Or, at least, the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game will release on that date; the PC version will come out later in 2013.  DMC sees a visual redesign for Dante married to classic Devil May Cry gameplay.

XCOM:  Enemy Unknown–the new sci-fi turn-based strategy game from 2K and developer Firaxis Games–will be released on October 9 of this year.  XCOM:  Enemy Unknown is not to be confused with the upcoming FPS reboot of the franchise, simply called XCOM.  Gamers who preorder XCOM:  Enemy Unknown will get the “Elite Soldier Pack” for free, which includes a few visual customization options for characters.  In addition, there will be a special edition of the game available at launch for the standard $60 MSRP that will include an art book, a fold-out poster of the XCOM headquarters, an XCOM insignia patch, and a collection of digital assets in addition to the game itself.

-Nick’s take:  DMC looks great (despite the lame emo visual makeover of Dante) and comes from the developer of the great Enslaved:  Odyssey to the West, so I’m definitely interested in it.  XCOM:  Enemy Unknown isn’t my cup of tea (I like my games to play out in real-time), but I know a lot of old-school PC gamers are eagerly anticipating its release.

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