Hello, Commander. In light of the recent extraterrestrial incursion, this Council of Nations has convened to approve the activation of the XCOM Project.
You have been chosen to lead this initiative. To oversee our first—and last—line of defense.
Your efforts will have considerable influence on this planet's future. We urge you to keep that in mind as you proceed.
Good luck, Commander.
Those who play with the devilís toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword.
— Buckminster Fuller, opening quote for Enemy Within
The more I see, the more I don't want to see. That twisted hulk of flesh and metal, driven by the alien technology; can we still call that life?
We have to keep moving forward with the project, but the thought of treading the same path as the aliens is... troubling.
What if they were like us once? Are we just part of a continuing cycle? If this is a glimpse of our future, I want no part of it.
—Dr. Shen, on the Floater.