Designer Jake Solomon has tweeted a clarification about how things went down at the end of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. It's something of a spoiler obviously so best not paid any attention unless...
If you've gotten to the end of the fantastic reboot of XCOM with Enemy Unknown then perhaps you'll want to know exactly what Soloman and his team atmeant with that ending.
"I don't think I've ever said this before," Solomon, "but your ultimate psi soldier in XCOM, 'The Volunteer,' does NOT die at the end of the game. Everybody assumes that the soldier dies, but actually, they disappear before the Temple Ship explodes. I'm not sure anyone got that."
"We haggled over that final cinematic forever, but looks like we didn't quite get the story across. Well, then, I want you to know that ... Do not mourn your Volunteers. They are not dead," said Soloman. "To be crystal clear, I'm not hinting at anything with this, just wanted to share that your Volunteers are alive. They did good. All your other dead soldiers, however ... Well, they are dead. Sorry."
Firaxis was lauded for XCOM: Enemy Unknown which resurrected the long dead XCOM series, and while it didn't dive into as much simulation as its predecessors, it was accepted as a worthy successor to carry the torch. It later was joined by Enemy Within, which expanded the core game to include new research, tech and baddies.
It's good to know our brave volunteers are out there somewhere, maybe trashing more temple ships.