Research projects (XCOM: Enemy Unknown)

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Research projects are the primary way in which new technology, equipment and facilities are unlocked in XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Research projects vary from the study, reverse-engineering, and application of recovered alien technologies to performing autopsies on alien corpses and even to the interrogation of captured alien specimens. The completion of research is the primary function of Scientists and the more scientists you have the quicker research projects finish; research credits also significantly reduce the amount of time required for specific research projects. Research projects can be changed at any time and accumulated research time will remain if a project is changed before completion.

Below is a flowchart of all Research Projects in XCOM: Enemy Unknown.


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  • Completing your first research project unlocks the "What Wonders Await" Achievement
  • Completing all 52 projects in the same playthrough unlocks the "Edison" Achievement.

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