The Bureau: XCOM Declassified coming August 20th, now a third-person shooter

After a week of teases, 2K Games has officially announced The Bureau: XCOM Declassified--the game formerly known as just XCOM.

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After a week of teases, 2K Games has officially announced The Bureau: XCOM Declassified--the game formerly known as just XCOM.

When introduced in 2010, XCOM was a first-person shooter set in the 1960s. The Bureau takes the same setting, but is now a tactical third-person cover-based shooter. "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," 2K's press release details.

Unlike Enemy Unknown, The Bureau will be a narrative-driven experience that centers around special agent William Carter. However, in XCOM fashion, you'll be able to bring in squadmates and command them through tactical gameplay. As is iconic for the franchise, perma-death is a big part of the game, meaning squadmates will be permanently gone should you lose them in battle.

The Bureau will be available on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on August 20th as a full retail game. Pre-orders will receive a special "Codebreakers" side-mission, where Agent Carter must investigate a communications facility.

Here's the first trailer of the new XCOM. It has no gameplay whatsoever.

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    April 26, 2013 12:00 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified coming August 20th, now a third-person shooter.

    After a week of teases, 2K Games has officially announced The Bureau: XCOM Declassified--the game formerly known as just XCOM.

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      April 26, 2013 12:39 AM

      Would have been so much better if they used Sectoids. it would have fit in so will with the whole men in black 50's Roswell flying saucer thing.

      Instead they come up with some stupid looking techno tron aliens that look totally out of place. :(

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        April 26, 2013 12:45 AM

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        April 26, 2013 12:49 AM

        Sectoids would have fit well, but would also have been incredibly boring. I can't just get excited about Roswell big head aliens anymore. I want something fresher and intriguing, so this might work for me.

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        April 26, 2013 8:02 AM

        You know it might actually be part of the story that there are different aliens invading.

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          April 26, 2013 8:17 AM

          like how xcom and terror from the deep had different aliens

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      April 26, 2013 1:27 AM

      This actually looks very interesting. I love the atmosphere in the teaser.

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        April 26, 2013 1:54 AM

        Yeah, I've never understood the shit it's been given.

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          April 26, 2013 5:06 AM

          People wanted another X-com game. They instead got this. This got shelved and retooled.

          In the mean time we got a new X-com game. A game by most standards was enough to live up to the series. When the fans got what they wanted, 2k carefully renamed the X-com shooter by tactfully rebranding it as related to the X-com series rather than branding it in a manner that states, "This is the direction we feel the series should go."

          That was genuinely the fear. People were afraid that 2k didn't understand the series and was going to dispose of the series legacy and turn it into another faceless shooter. While the last X-com game wasn't the greatest, it still was pretty good. I think the series is still in good hands.

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            April 26, 2013 8:38 AM

            Yeah, I think 2k handled it remarkably well. Not only did they keep this game out of the spotlight for a while, amazingly they developed and released a successful successor to the series that fans really enjoyed. The same people who hated what this game represented are now going to be checking it out. Re-branding to The Bureau is a nice touch, shows they get it.

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        April 26, 2013 4:07 AM

        i was hoping we'd see this game come out. i really like the setting and atmosphere, hopefully it turns out good

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      April 26, 2013 6:28 AM

      The formation of X-COM in a shooter. Looks like it will be a lot of fun.

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      April 26, 2013 6:53 AM

      Awesome I am really looking forward to this.

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      April 26, 2013 7:33 AM

      give us a shooter with economy/management.

      with RPG elements, crafting, base handling/expanding and research.

      pretty please with sugar on top? :D

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      April 26, 2013 7:34 AM

      Masterful move on 2K's part. There was simply no way they were going to succeed with their original plans, especially given how good the X-Com strategy game was.

      Story-driven yet tactical shooter with some original atomsphere and (hopefully) some original gameplay elements (cover up the aliens to prevent panic instead of shooting them publicly)? Count me interested.

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      April 26, 2013 10:23 AM

      I was bored through most of that :( Anyone who hasn't watched it yet can skip to the last 30 seconds.

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      April 26, 2013 11:31 AM

      Those graphics beat FC3 and Crysis 3

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      April 26, 2013 5:16 PM

      Gears of XCOM?

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      April 26, 2013 7:32 PM

      Fuck the haters, this looks great! Also, it gives me something to get with my $30 2K Games credit at Amazon, courtesy of my Bioshock Infinite preorder :)

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      April 27, 2013 8:58 AM

      3rd person? LOLOLOL...and a hearty "meh" settles around the internets...

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