UFO: Afterlight is a mixture of squad based tactical action and global strategy with the gamer controlling the actions of elite ground troops, and the running and construction of an intricate network of interlinking bases while collecting resources.
UFO: Afterlight takes us to Mars, where a human colony has been built with the help of the Reticulans not long before the events of UFO: Aftershock took place. Mars base is self-sustainable and provides all the necessities for survival of humans on a foreign planet, mainly breathable air, water and food. Although the people inhabiting this colony have the technologies and knowledge required for their further development, basic survival is their major concern. Their only activity is the research of a nearby excavation site, which proves the existence of an ancient intelligent and highly developed alien civilization.
The player will enter the game when the research drastically affects all Mars inhabitants. New and unexpected enemies appear in the form of robots, built centuries ago by the unknown aliens for their protection, whose purpose is to eliminate any traces of other civilizations on Mars.
Humans on Mars now have a good reason for their own development, even though not knowing yet that the planetary self-defense mechanism might not be the worst awaiting them, and that their unintentional opening of hyperspace gates will bring an even bigger enemy right to their door. After all attempts to contact the Earth Laputa fail, the colonists are left with no other choice than to fight the enemies with their own means, or be annihilated.
combination of global strategy and tactical missions
new strategic game with resource management and the possibility of terraforming in later stages of the game
advanced tactical portion of the game with the possibility to enter buildings, different heights, destructible environment, thermo visions and more
even stronger RPG elements, all of your subjects are known by name, complex training system, special equipment and more
completely new story building on the events from UFO: Aftershock
large number of new technologies, weapons and equipment to develop
completely new environments on a different planet to Earth
more complex diplomacy option which affects the story
aliens, drones and robots in your team
new enemies and new alien races with variable weapons and battle tactics