Rumor: XCOM being reworked into third-person tactical shooter

Could the other XCOM game be turning into a third-person shooter? A newly released survey seems to suggest so.

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With all eyes on Firaxis' upcoming XCOM: Enemy Unknown game, our memories of 2K Marin's first-person take on the franchise are becoming a bit hazy. After countless internal reboots, the subtitle-free XCOM is currently slated for a "fiscal 2014" release.

While Enemy Unknown is designed for fans of the original series, many were miffed by the first-person take of 2K Marin's new adventure. It appears that the BioShock 2 developer may be moving away from that direction, exploring the possibility of turning the game into a squad-based third-person tactical shooter.

According to Kotaku, new screenshots of the game have surfaced in a recent marketing survey, suggesting that the game has received a significant retool. While the 60s setting and art is intact, it appears the gameplay is "similar to SOCOM or Republic Commando, with the player in command of a team of agents, which you can order around the map to perform various actions." While a late-in-development switch in genre is disconcerting, fans will probably take comfort in hearing that it certainly sounds more like what an XCOM game should be.

The survey also raises the possibility that the new XCOM game could follow Ubisoft's footsteps with I Am Alive. The French publisher took its similarly beleaguered game concept, retooled it, and released it as a downloadable title. In the marketing survey received by Kotaku, it appears 2K Games is mulling over a $30 downloadable release, versus a standard $60 retail release.

A 2K spokesperson told the site: "We have not made any new announcements regarding the XCOM title currently in development at 2K Marin, and it is our policy not to comment on rumors or speculation."

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    October 1, 2012 7:30 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Rumor: XCOM being reworked into third-person tactical shooter.

    Could the other XCOM game be turning into a third-person shooter? A newly released survey seems to suggest so.

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      October 1, 2012 7:42 AM

      not to bust balls here, but does the shack not get the jump on gaming news? i notice many threads have shackers posting them before these 'official' threads which pretty much makes it look like they just read other sites then reword it into a shack article.

      plus it makes multiple threads on the same topic and they steal discussion from one another.

      just an observation

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        October 1, 2012 7:45 AM

        You just described modern blogger journalism.

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        October 1, 2012 7:45 AM

        No one site gets all the scoops - you're only noticing it because it's mentioned in the chatty. If this was reddit then there wouldn't be an "official" post.

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        October 1, 2012 7:45 AM

        old shack would just post links and throw up some commentary much like posters do here. new shack they try to polish it up a bit more (possibly factcheck) or publish it on cycles

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        October 1, 2012 7:47 AM

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          October 1, 2012 7:50 AM

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            October 1, 2012 8:01 AM

            no your reply sounds good to me. if they can't be johnny on the spot with news (few sites can i guess) then another spin on it might be cool - like you suggested.

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          October 1, 2012 7:52 AM

          lol yeah i guess.

          it just super stuck out this time because the shack article was right above the hour old xcom post.

          i'm not mad bro, just didn't know if the shack was trying to go the "you heard it here!" route at all.

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        October 1, 2012 10:15 AM

        I don't think anyone really gets the jump on gaming news. It's generally a combination of shitty rumors (usually posted on somewhere like neogaf first) and official press releases.

        Also, I notice many shackers don't post in the official news thread even if it's posted at the same time or before another shacker posted them, so I don't buy the excuse that they're always late.

        also it's going to be worse for stories that break on weekends, like this one did.

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        October 1, 2012 12:21 PM

        I think most of the news is probably from press releases that get sent to them. That probably goes for most sites because lets face it, it's probably not worth it to try and find out something that is supposed to be secret because it would upset the publishers and then they might hold back screenshots or movies or whatever.

        So I think by in large most of the news comes from press releases that get sent straight to the news site and then the other content is going to be articles and opinion pieces written by the staff.

        I don't work at one of these places, but that is just my guess.

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      October 1, 2012 8:56 AM

      I'm not sure what to say about this honestly. Changing the game to a 3rd person shooter is not going to help it if its still straying away from the original so much that it cant be identified right away as an xcom game. I'm fine with an FPS reboot so long as its true to the original game but making it so detached from the original is gonna make people angry. Another thing is that since its announcement before the Firaxis one, not doing another strategy game was a strike against it and doing a crap reboot was another.

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      October 1, 2012 9:16 AM

      My negativity regarding this game has dropped considerably because the real xcom successor is coming out soon. Still, I'm not sure why this game had to be branded Xcom anyway, other than to generate buzz.

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      October 1, 2012 9:25 AM

      Ugh, no good. I would prefer the first person shooter they were presenting last year, now that proper XCOM game is coming out. "Squad based third person" is an instant turn off for me.

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        October 1, 2012 10:16 AM

        Yeah, and this approach also seems to bring it a bit closer to the game coming out next week. I know they are different games but making this one 3rd person and squad-based seems to bring the two games closer as opposed to putting some distance between them (which you would think would be a good idea).

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          October 1, 2012 10:24 AM

          But do you think that just making a 3rd person shooter with squad based tactics is gonna bring it THAT much closer? With lack of info I'm not sure if this is better or worse in which direction they are headed.

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      October 1, 2012 10:31 AM

      just kill the damn thing already.

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      October 1, 2012 12:17 PM

      Wasn't the FPS fairly tactical already? The gameplay videos showed a lot of the "player in command of a team of agents, which you can order around the map to perform various actions" that they mention.

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      October 1, 2012 12:24 PM

      It would be kind of cool if they had an FPS with time units. Like you had 60 seconds with each dude to go try and fuck shit up, then it switched turns.

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        October 1, 2012 5:15 PM

        Yeah, kind of like Valkyria Chronicles. That would be great.

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      October 1, 2012 1:50 PM

      Now that the 'real' XCOM game is coming out, moves to make it more like the old XCOM seem strange. They should go the other direction and embrace the shooter stuff more.

      What I want to play, specifically: SWAT3 or 4 but with aliens.

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      October 1, 2012 3:30 PM

      This is a FAR better direction to go than the stupid FPS version that they had in the works. :)

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      October 1, 2012 3:50 PM

      I disagree with the phrase "third-person tactical shooter". You can have any two of those things, but not all three.

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      October 1, 2012 4:32 PM

      I sympathize with the team working on this. Had a chance to meet several of the programmers and they were all excited about the future after some bumps in the development road getting to that point. I hope these changes, if true, are internally motivated and that they retain the support to finish the game they want to make.

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      October 1, 2012 5:34 PM

      Just make XCOM: Rainbow 6 and get it over with. I don't want another 3rd person shooter.

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        October 1, 2012 11:14 PM

        And you thought the original rainbow six was hard

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      October 1, 2012 6:51 PM

      Years ago: "Fallout 3 is going to be an fps? FFFffffuuuuuu worst thing ever blah blah blah" Derp.

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        October 1, 2012 11:19 PM

        To be fair, Fallout 3
        1. Was a great game, but wasn't very much like Fallout 1 or 2.
        2. Likely had a much less troubled development.

        I think people are right to be skeptical.

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          October 2, 2012 12:06 AM

          I agree with you, I'm skeptical as well.

          However it does irk me to think that a game as great as FO3 might never have been made if they had allowed their design to be derailed by the initial feedback/internet backlash.

          Then again, games that are all IP tie-in and no soul preservation like XCom Enforcer are terrible and should never be made. It's a pretty sticky subject that is hard to sum up in absolutes.

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