It may not look like much, but it contains much genius

You may not know the name, but Julian Gollop is one of the creators of the highly-regarded X-Com tactical series, a turns-based strategy game fondly remembered by many. Although the series itself isn't headed to Nintendo platforms any time soon, Gollop has announced he's bringing a turns-based tactical RPG to the 3DS in time for the console's launch.

Citing critically acclaimed titles such as Advance Wars, Final Fantasy Tactics and Fire Emblem as some of the main reasons to develop such a game on a handheld, Gollop didn't go into much detail but did make an intriguing comparison to Nintendo's Pokémon series:

The core of Pokemon is a turn-based tactical battle enriched by a sophisticated higher level meta-game that allows players to experiment with many game elements and combinations of forces - and Pokemon is the second most successful game franchise in the world. If done right, would an X-Com game with a turn-based combat system be successful? Absolutely!

A 3D turns-based RPG from one of the masters of the genre? This could be something very special indeed. We'll bring you more as it reaches us.