XCOM 3 appeared in a list of unreleased games leaked from an Nvidia data base earlier this month, kicking off speculation that the long-awaited sequel could finally be on its way. Here's what we know about the potential for an XCOM 3 release.
XCOM 3 Appears in Nvidia Data Base Leak
A data base leak took place at Nvidia on Sept. 13 that included a list of unreleased and unannounced games, among which was XCOM 3. Although Nvidia confirmed the list was genuine, it also said that at least some of the titles on the list were speculative — games that might come to PC, not those that necessarily would. It didn't say which were speculative and which were confirmed to be in development, leaving ambiguity about which games belonged in which bucket.
In the case of XCOM 3, the timeline could be right for a reveal in the near future. Although development studio launched XCOM: Chimera Squad in April 2020, there has been no main series XCOM releases since XCOM 2 came out in February 2016. That's certainly long enough for work to have begun on a third mainline installment in the series.
Of course, Firaxis has yet to announce XCOM 3, leaving fans in the dark as to if and when the game might arrive.