I've never played any of the X-Com or other related games, but the Facebook ad for this really got me intrigued. However, I'm unclear about the world level mechanics of the game and would like to know more before pre-ordering.
How does the game play out?
1. Is it more of an RPG/story driven experience, where the player starts out with objective A, B and C. They can do them in any order, and when A is done, E and F become available. Order may or may not matter. For example, you get an objective that an ally is being attacked, whether you do it right away, or go off and do some other stuff for a few hours, you can come back and help your ally.
2. Or is it more of a grand strategy/empire builder style? The aliens and various human factions are all doing their thing regardless of what you as a player do. In the previous example, if an ally calls for help and you don't respond in time, your ally may get wiped off the map.
Which style of game play can we expect in PP?