XCOM: Chimera Squad

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XCOM: Chimera Squad
XCOM: Chimera Squad cover
Developers
Firaxis Games
Publishers
2K Games
Engines
Unreal Engine 4[citation needed]
Release dates
Windows April 24, 2020
Reception
Metacritic 77
OpenCritic 79
IGDB 78
Taxonomy
Series X-COM
XCOM: Chimera Squad on HowLongToBeat
XCOM: Chimera Squad on IGDB
XCOM: Chimera Squad on MobyGames
XCOM: Chimera Squad on Wikipedia
X-COM
X-COM: UFO Defense 1994
X-COM: Terror from the Deep 1995
X-COM: Apocalypse 1997
X-COM: Interceptor 1998
X-COM: Email games 1999
X-COM: Enforcer 2001
XCOM: Enemy Unknown 2012
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified 2013
XCOM 2 2016
XCOM: Chimera Squad 2020

Key points

Native mod support with SDK and Steam Workshop support available at release.

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Publisher website
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Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
Gamesplanet
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Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
[1] See Bypass launcher and skip intro videos for launching the game without Steam.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Bypass launcher and skip intro videos[edit]

Create Shortcut Method[2]
  1. Create a shortcut to the executable at <path-to-game>\XCOM-Chimera-Squad\Binaries\Win64\xcom.exe. This bypasses the launcher.
  2. Add commandline arguments -review (which disables debug mode) and -nostartupmovies (which disables logo movies) to the shortcut.
  3. If after disabling debug mode, you still get ingame red screen errors, adding -noredscreens will stop them appearing.

Notes

The game's Steam entry links to the launcher, not the above executable, i.e. the commandline arguments will not work.
You can add the executable above as "Non-Steam Game" to your Steam Library and add the commandline arguments there. You may want to hide the original Steam entry referring to the launcher.
See Glossary:Command_line_arguments#Windows for instructions on how to set up a Windows shortcut with commandline arguments.
Parameters Through Launcher Method[3]

Enclose individual command line parameters with -game-50546="PARAMETER1" -game-50546="PARAMETER2", where PARAMETER is the command line parameter you would normally pass to the executable (eg. -allowconsole).

The game id number in -game-5046 to use is obtained from config.json file in the Launcher directory.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\XCOM Chimera Squad\XComGame\Config
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/882100/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\XCOM Chimera Squad\XComGame\SaveData
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/882100/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Video settings
Video settings
Graphics settings
Graphics settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
32:9 is supported
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Max frame-rate options allow to set cap to 30, 60, 100, 120, 144 fps or just leave the frame-rate uncapped. FMVs run at 30 FPS only.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Input[edit]

Interface settings
Interface settings

Audio[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Toggle for disabling / enabling mute on focus loss located under Audio settings.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Spanish
Russian

Other information[edit]

Game settings
Game settings

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Shader Model support 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Steamworks

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 (64-bit)
Processor (CPU) Quad Core - 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB RAM
Hard disk drive (HDD) 18 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon HD 7770
Nvidia GeForce 650
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 and 2015 Runtime Libraries, and Microsoft DirectX.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/882100/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (882100) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References