2K Marin's Shooter Enters Overwatch With New Trailer
As promised, we have some XCOM news to start your morning. 2K Marin have finally revealed their long-delayed shooter, entitled The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, for an August 23rd launch, described as "narrative-driven experience that is smart, engaging, and challenges players to think tactically."
Trailer, screenshots and details after the break.
Set in 1962, the peak of the Cold War, The Bureau tells the origin story of the clandestine XCOM organisation’s first encounter with a mysterious and devastating enemy. Originally established as America’s covert defense against the Soviet Union, The Bureau must adapt and overcome a threat unlike anything the world has faced before. As special agent William Carter, players will call the shots and pull the trigger, leading their squad of agents in the high-stakes secret war for humanity’s survival. Paramount to repelling the outside threat is The Bureau’s ability to cover-up the enemy’s existence in order to prevent worldwide panic.
“We’re thrilled about 2K Marin’s refined vision for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “The game has evolved through a creative and iterative development process, and the result is a narrative-driven experience that is smart, engaging, and challenges players to think tactically.”
“The Bureau tells the story of XCOM’s mysterious beginnings,” said Morgan Gray, creative director at 2K Marin. “We’re expanding the universe with a declassified tale of government conspiracy and heroic cover-ups told through third-person tactical gameplay.”
2K Marin suggests that The Bureau won't just be a brainless third person shooter, and instead allows players to use 'command focus' to tactically position squadmates mid-battle, and draw upon a selection of unique abilities. This is similar to the presentation I witnessed back at E3 2011, wherein you could slow down time by holding down the Command Focus button (a bit like Mass Effect's radial wheel), in order to carefully access the abilities of your fellow operatives and move them into tactically advantageous locations.
“The team has been working hard to leverage core XCOM elements like tactical decision-making and permanent death of squad mates in a purposeful way that makes this a unique tactical shooter,” added Gray. “To that end, The Bureau will challenge players unlike any other third-person tactical shooter.”
The Bureau: XCom Declassified will be available from August 23rd on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.