2K Games and 2K Marin have re-revealed its XCOM first-person shooter as a third-person shooter called The Bureau: XCOM Declassified due out for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on August 20 in North America and August 23 in Europe.
The game is set in 1962, at the height of the Cold War, and tells the origin story of the XCOM organization’s first encounter with a “mysterious and devastating enemy. The group was originally established as America’s defense against the Soviet Union, but must adapt to overcome an unworldly threat. As special agent William Carter, players will “call the shots and pull the trigger,” and lead their squad of agents in a “secret war for humanity’s survival.”
“We’re thrilled about 2K Marin’s refined vision for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified,” said 2K president Christoph Hartmann. “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 promises to offer “calculated combat design” requiring players to think and act “tactically.” The game also “fully embraces” the concept of consequence. “Every command can mean the difference between life and death for Carter, his squad and mankind,” according to 2K.
Pre-order bonuses for The Bureau will include the ‘Codebreakers’ side mission, where a communications facility responsible for intercepting and interpreting the enemy’s transmissions has gone dark, and Agent Carter must investigate.
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