Xcom shooter resurfaces, set for release on August 23.
2K Games and 2K Marin have "re-announced" the game previously known as Xcom as The Bureau: Xcom Declassified. Even if the title has changed, it doesn't sound like too much of the overall concept has changed since E3 2011.
"Set in 1962 at the height of the Cold War, The Bureau tells the origin story of the clandestine XCOM organization's first encounter with a mysterious and devastating enemy. Originally established as America's covert defense against the Soviet Union, The Bureau must adapt and overcome a threat unlike anything the world has faced before. As special agent William Carter, players will call the shots and pull the trigger, leading their squad of agents in the high-stakes secret war for humanity's survival. Paramount to repelling the outside threat is The Bureau's ability to cover-up the enemy's existence in order to prevent worldwide panic."
2K Marin, best known for their work on Bioshock 2 have been working on the game ever since it was first announced in 2010.
"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 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."
The Bureau: Xcom Declassified is set for release on August 23 on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.