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XCOM shooter re-reveal happening "in the coming days", say 2K

Oh, hey. How you doing? Cool, listen. 2K called to ask if you guys could start over.

I don’t know exactly what happened between you two, and I’m sure you had your reasons, but my cell’s been blowing off the hook, you know? Do you think you guys could just talk?

I know you feel like they wasn’t everything they claimed to be, and like you got what you needed from that relationship elsewhere, from some other dude with a similar name (what’s with that?). But I think they’ve been on some self-improvement trip, or whatever. Maybe you oughta just hear them out.

Anyway. Here’s this letter. They wouldn’t get off the phone until I wrote it down, like, verbatim. Ver. Bah. Tim. Weird. They got plans to woo you, okay, so you gotta decide if you’re gonna hear them:

“The XCOM universe is expanding.

“In the coming days the world will get a fresh look at the long-awaited squad-based tactical shooter in development at 2K Marin. Announced back in 2010, the game has undergone an evolution since we last showed it to you at E3 2011. Firaxis’ critically acclaimed turn-based strategy title, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, has reignited the classic franchise and we feel that the time is right to deliver a new experience within the world of XCOM. 

“The creative development of this game has been a collaborative process of discovery and iteration. 2K’s culture allows our studios the freedom to refine their visions, to explore new ideas, and to deliver the best possible experiences for players. Through this exploration, 2K Marin has refined their vision, and as a result the game has evolved into a high-stakes narrative experience imbued with core XCOM concepts.

“The wait is nearly over and we can’t wait to share more details with you about the game in only a matter of days.”

So, yeah. What do I tell ‘em?

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5 Years ago

When I first heard about the concept of an XCOM FPS I was actually excited. 2K / Irrational taking on the franchise? I was picturing SWAT 4 meets XCOM (which to be honest, is still what I think would be the best way to make an XCOM FPS).


Then the trailer. The first footage they ever showed of the game just looked like Bioshock (heck, they were even talking about the "Research Camera") set in 60's America. The later 3rd person footage looked like Mass Effect set to a similar theme. Through all this the interviews given weren't really encouraging because it was clear that most either hadn't played the game or understood just what the heck was supposed to make this an XCOM game in anything other than tacked-on name.


The FPS suffered greatly simply for the fact of the association with XCOM, to which it had no real connection and the devs were constantly trying to make tenuous links in whatever interviews they gave before they went dark altogether.


At this stage, tell 'em: "Show me, don't tell me".


I'm just glad that they aren't saying that "strategy games aren't contemporary" and can't sell anymore.

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5 Years ago

I was hoping this wasn't going to be XCOM branded anymore. Just a seperate, vaguely-Men in Black-themed 60's game, also about aliens. 2K should divorce this from XCOM entirely. But whatever, I'm just gonna ignore it. It could be the greatest "tactical" shooter of all time - I don't care. There are millions of shooters out there already. Seemingly every western developer has put one out over the past 6 years.


It's time for other genres to get that spotlight, and it was refreshing to see the Firaxis developed game get a bit of that spotlight last holiday season...