XCOM is finally coming out this year, and as rumors have already anticipated, the new shooter has been rebranded The Bureau. Oh, it's still a part of the XCOM universe, just under a totally different name now. Ladies and gents, 2K Marin brings you The Bureau: XCOM Declassified.
As always, the shooter is meant to be a tactical squad-based experience, rather than a full-on third-person shooter. Set in the year 1962 during the Cold War, The Bureau lets players step into the shoes of agent William Carter, recruited to work with The Bureau to fend off an alien invasion in the United States. As the whole "Declassified" bit implies, we'll be given a different perspective on the XCOM story through William, in what 2K calls the "secret story."
Yes, your agents can die permanently, as you might already have guessed based on XCOM: Enemy Unknown. 2K Marin has also noted an emphasis on narrative, meaning all their efforts are being put into the single-player campaign. No multiplayer modes will be included. Hey, sounds good to me.
Now dig the eerie trailer, titled "The Burn Room". It's the extended version of a teaser released earlier week, and has a pretty great vibe reminiscent of American Horror Story. Consider me excited.
The Burn Room - YouTube
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified will be released on August 20, to Xbox 360, PS3, and PC for $60. At least one pre-order incentive has been announced, that being a side mission called "Codebreakers". The premise? A "communications facility responsible for intercepting and interpreting the enemy’s transmissions has gone dark. Special Agent Carter and his squad must make contact with any remaining personnel and investigate the incident."
You'll need to check with your preferred retailer to determine whether they're offering it, however.