XCOM 2 is set in 2035, 20 years after the events of XCOM: Enemy Within, in a scenario in which humanity was defeated by aliens. XCOM proved incapable of attenuating the alien threat and was quickly betrayed by the council nations, who surrendered to the aliens shortly after the invasion began. XCOM became nothing more than a resistance force, and went off the radar to avoid persecution at the hands of the aliens. Most of its members either submitted to alien rule and left behind their past or, some, like Central Officer Bradford refused the alien administration and went into hiding. Earth is now controlled by the aliens through the puppet ADVENT Administration, and XCOM has been long-forgotten, members silenced and records erased. ADVENT has done much to gradually improve public opinion of the aliens, most notably by the propagation of the belief that the aliens came in peace, and that the forces of Earth retaliated aggressively and with prejudice.
Yic / Ken / Vivina / Eden / Homio / Miola / Khris / Rey Shepard / Jay Shepard
Jack / Curie / Tychus Findlay / Adam Jensen / Chris Redfield / Jill Valentine / Jack Lightning / Theron Shan / Piper Wright / Decon / Kasumi / Rita Vrataski / David Webb / Jack Mitchell / Barney Ross / Lee Christmas
Sequel: Alien Hunters
Sequel: Shen's Last Gift