Last week all official evidence of an XCOM shooter game mysteriously vanished from the Internet – kind of like how evidence of aliens gets covered up by teams like XCOM. Oh that’s an apt similitude, isn’t it? Speculation surrounding the game’s disappearance pointed towards a rebranding. That is exactly what’s happened.
Meet The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, a third-person, tactical squad-based shooter from 2K Marin (BioShock 2). It’s arriving on 20 August this year for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. This is the second time the game has experienced a reworking.
Instead of being the armchair commander from previous XCOM games, giving turn-based orders to your squads in the field, you’ll play as special agent William Carter and lead your squad in the field yourself. Obviously, being a shooter, all turn-based stuff is out, but 2k Marin’s creative director Morgan Gray says that they’re going for an in-depth, methodical tactical shooter along the lines of Full Spectrum Warrior, but with the speed of a Rainbow Six game.