X-COM: UFO Defense Would Have Been Canned If Its Creators Hadn’t Secretly Revolted

Monsters in the Dark: The Making of X-COM: UFO Defense tells the story of the early years of legendary strategy game designer Julian Gollop and the making of the original X-COM, and is funding now on Kickstarter. In this excerpt from the book, MicroProse’s acquisition by Spectrum Holobyte places the game (known as UFO: Enemy Unknown in the UK) in jeopardy, forcing the game’s producers to fly under the radar to save it. Great producers do more than keep development teams on track. When bureaucra
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