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.
“What we’re trying to achieve on the gameplay front is a very tactical [experience]… a game that demands skillful play from the player and a game that expects that. In true XCOM fashion, it’s not just your Rambo brawn, but it’s using your brains, your team, the technology at your disposal, creating plans and then executing them,” Gray explained during the game’s reveal.
You won’t ever be able to stop time to give commands to your troops, but you will be able to put the game into a “battle focus mode”, which will slow down the action and allow you to make decisions.
The game will chronicle the birth of the XCOM initiative as it moves from Cold War objectives to protecting the Earth from alien threats and covering up the truth.
Check out the live action trailer below.