Meet The New XCOM Shooter, Now Branded As The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
Yesterday we were told that the XCOM shooter from 2K Marin would be re-revealed very soon, and by that the studio apparently meant one day later. Meet The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, the newly branded XCOM shooter, which is now also third person shooter.
The game is set in 1962 at the height of the Cold War, and The Bureau will tell the origin story of the XCOM organisation’s first encounter with a mysterious and dangerous enemy. The Bureau, initially established as America’s covert defense against the Soviet Union, must adapt and work to overcome a threat unlike anything the world has faced before. Players will take on the role of special agent William Carter, and lead a squad of agents into the secret war for the survival of humanity.
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“We’re thrilled about 2K Marin’s refined vision for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K.
“The game has evolved through a creative and iterative development process, and the result is a narrative-driven experience that is smart, engaging, and challenges players to think tactically.”
“The Bureau tells the story of XCOM’s mysterious beginnings,” said Morgan Gray, creative director at 2K Marin. “We’re expanding the universe with a declassified tale of government conspiracy and heroic cover-ups told through third-person tactical gameplay.”
The Bureau will feature a tactical combat system in spirit of the franchises’ history. The third person perspective plays a part in giving players the freedom to transition in and out of Carter’s unique Battle Focus ability. The game will apparently also embrace the concept of permanent consequence, because as the “last line of defense, every command can mean the difference between life and death for Carter, his squad and mankind.”
“The team has been working hard to leverage core XCOM elements like tactical decision-making and permanent death of squad mates in a purposeful way that makes this a unique tactical shooter,” added Gray. “To that end, The Bureau will challenge players unlike any other third-person tactical shooter.”
There’s a lot of buzz talk going on here, so you might want to check out the trailer up above. But it’s a live action one, and doesn’t show gameplay.
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified will be released on August 23 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.