Rumors Persist of New X-COM from BioShock Folk

By Chris Faylor, May 05, 2008 9:08am PDT A report in the latest issue of Official Xbox Magazine furthers the long-running rumor that BioShock creator and 2K Boston studio head Ken Levine is working on a new entry in the long-dormant extraterrestrial tactical series X-COM, though it offers no new details.

The rumor has been circulating ever since a document attributing an X-COM title to then-Irrational Games, now-2K Boston and 2K Australia was found last year. The current projects of the studios behind BioShock (PC, X360) are unknown, though Levine is known to be participating in the production of BioShock 2 at the recently-founded 2K Marin office.

Further anecdotal evidence of a new X-COM game emerges from Levine's undying love of the X-COM franchise, which he has referred to as "sort of like my first love," as well as studio owner Take-Two Interactive's 2005 purchase of the X-COM property.

Apart from the supposed existence of a new X-COM, the OXM article did not unveil any new specifics or details, according to the Kotaku report.

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  • I think it's going to be very difficult to re-capture the essence of X-COM without those that made it in the first place, there have been certainly many clones which attempted to do so. I hope Levine has the sense to try and involve the Gollop brothers at some level.

    Also what sort of "changes" would be made to appeal to today's generation of gamers if this is a big budget title, X-COM was fairly hardcore & unforgiving somehow I doubt it will be if there is a lot of money on the line. Hopefully that's not the case and this is a pet project of Levine's, I'd rather a low budget game that keeps the game play intact.