"A High-Stakes Narrative Experience Imbued With Core XCOM Concepts"
Following some cheeky viral trailers, 2K Marin has officially told us to expect a reveal for their troubled XCOM shooter "in the coming days." So, Friday then. According to a new blog post, this new title has "undergone an evolution," and will offer a more story-driven take on the franchise.
"The XCOM universe is expanding," boasts the new post. "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 [preview here - Jon]. 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."
"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."
So far, we know that 2K Marin's XCOM project is set in 1962, and may well revolve around the secretive proto-XCOM organisation known as 'The Bureau.' The project met with enormous backlash when first revealed, but personally, we feel that the enormous outpouring from fans directly lead to Firaxis' superior strategic masterwork being fast-tracked for release.
Either way, keep your eyes on the skies this Friday. We'll bring you more as we hear it.