The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
It's Official: XCOM Really is Delayed Until 2013
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Once upon a time, 2K Marin's XCOM first-person shooter had been scheduled for release in March of this year, but back in November, news came through that it had been delayed into the next fiscal year, meaning that the game could have still arrived sometime this year. Turns out that won't be the case anymore.

Now it's official. XCOM will be delayed to within that next fiscal year, as previously thought, but it'll be the 2013 end of said fiscal year. So, while Firaxis is working away on XCOM: Enemy Unknown, it looks as though the more strategical, traditional iteration of XCOM will be coming first.

No reason has been given for the delay - news of which comes from the pages of Game Informer issue 226 - but we imagine it'll be to enable 2K Marin to apply all the polish they can leading up to the game's 2013 launch. We're surprised to see XCOM being delayed for an entire year, as we thought it was looking pretty strong at E3 last year.

[Via IGN]


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Comment #1 by SpiralGamerpro
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 11:52:54 AM
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Well, that sucks!

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Comment #2 by Solomon Fuere
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 11:54:21 AM
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Doesn't surprise me. Everything gets delayed these days.

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Comment #3 by Ceejus
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 12:02:55 PM
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And what this article fails to mention is that its original release date was supposed to be last year. But in the end, who cares about this game anyway? At this point, they might as well just scrap it entirely.

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Comment #4 by UCFknighthood
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 12:03:57 PM
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This game has already been completely changed several times, and looks like they're making major changes again. I can't help but feel it'll be just another average game if not for its name.

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Comment #5 by DanielH
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 12:04:21 PM
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1st it was Ghost Recon Future Soilder, now this many more games are going to get Push Back.

make a BIG Deal for games, only for some to be On Time, the rest Push Back.

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Comment #6 by Empty Seven Man
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 12:06:03 PM
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@#3 the developers care about it, i care about it and it looks like #1 cares about it.

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Comment #7 by Wicelow
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 12:08:16 PM
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Damn... Really ? A WHOLE YEAR ?
That kind of delay is always a bad sign :-/

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Comment #8 by Kroesis
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 12:11:41 PM
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Disappointing. At least i'll still be able to play Enemy Unknown.

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Comment #9 by Ceejus
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 12:34:39 PM
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@#6, then it looks like you, #1, and the developers are all complete idiots. :-

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Comment #10 by GDMFS0AB
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 12:39:21 PM
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To be honest i think this game is over hyped and bound to fail.

I hate to say it about games, but it prob wont be "all that".

Look at the hype for dark void for example, or brink.

This is kind of fps meets the paranomal. Bit stupid. Hope its good. But if its not i hope the achievement list is easy enough.

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Comment #11 by TurboDonkey007
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 12:40:19 PM
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delayed to launch with possible new xbox? oh the rumours that would cause......

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Comment #12 by glitch12
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 12:49:33 PM
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@9 Dude, stop trying to troll and rile ppl up

OT: been reading up on the original and I think they just want to make sure they get it done right for the fans

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Comment #13 by Zenka The Myth
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 12:57:33 PM
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It's been delayed so many times. I'm expecting 2013 to come around and they just saying it's cancelled. Delaying a game this much is a sure way to get bad sales.

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Comment #14 by HalfEVILmonkey
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 01:27:28 PM
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Considering that screenshot is the same one used in every preview (both online and in the magazines), this is not a big surprise. Everything I saw so far made the game look like a very generic shooter.

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Comment #15 by Capn Doug
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 01:33:57 PM
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XCOM: Because every generation needs a Duke Nukem Forever.

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Comment #16 by Rancidblaze
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 01:45:43 PM
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Oh no!

Now we won't be able to shoot stuff

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Comment #17 by xMEGADETHxSLY
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 01:51:23 PM
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Halo 4

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Comment #18 by theNomad
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 02:05:17 PM
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Shame its not looking that good for Borderlands 2 surfacing in 2012 either. Hell yeah #18 least we got Halo 4.

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Comment #19 by BROOKER 513
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 02:17:36 PM
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who care there is 1000+ other games that need to be finished before this one anyways

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Comment #20 by SpiralGamerpro
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 02:37:22 PM
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@9 Somebody likes talking about himself.

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Comment #21 by Freeman
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 02:50:19 PM
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thats why i never take any date these devs give out the first time around. you just never know whats going to happen. oh well plenty of games this year coming out. can't wait for Soul Calibur 5

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Comment #22 by hartonwarrior
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 03:13:35 PM
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Why do they even other telling us about these games fucking years b4 they r even ready! why not tell us like 6 months b4 they really know they r ready and then hit us with all the PR shit!

9 out of 10 times the games never live up 2 the promise anyway and are a major let down. This game was looking pretty good n all ;o(

Think they will have missed the boat if they dont ship this till 2013!

New consoles on the horizon and all of that......

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Comment #23 by Waggie2K10
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 03:27:23 PM
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rockstar did this with max payne three, but ive never doubted them, only 2 months until thats released, id rather have a game thats got the best graphics, amazing gameplay, and a brilliant story, rather than have a game that doesnt play properly, doesnt deliver, and fails all around, so i heard about XCOM when E3 was on soo, roll on 2013.

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Comment #24 by DarnedCargo
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 03:37:29 PM
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so what would you prefer a game thats delayed for a year or a game thats rushed to release and requires several major updates until you can actually enjoy it. i'd quite happily wait for a year to play this game.

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Comment #25 by Riphade 1
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 03:40:54 PM
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Meh. The game looked good at first, then I found out you can't do every mission in one playthrough (I like doing everything at first). This game is set to fail with all this hype, and repeating delays.

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Comment #26 by Mac Chickgun
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 03:59:07 PM
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So this will come in the same time as Modern Warfare 5, Battlefield 5 and Elderscrolls Skyrim VI? I might need to get started to save some money already! :O

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Comment #27 by Achilles8249
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 04:10:13 PM
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Damn, well now were gonna have to see if it lands on the 360 or the new xbox. Man this sucks because they would have to scrap all the work theyve done for the 360 then.

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Comment #28 by XSsoCX
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 04:19:38 PM
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Comment #29 by tsydrown
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 04:22:19 PM
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It's a real shame, as XCOM, or at least the original versions, were/are a great franchise, i've still got Enemy Unknown & TFTD installed on my PC, though I can't wait for EU to come to 360. As for the FPS XCOM, it sucks, no doubt, but 2012 is set to be another big year for games, so pushin it back might not be the most stupid thing to do . . .

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Comment #30 by asilent boom
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 04:56:15 PM
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Not surprising really, 2K games will delay a game if they don't think it's up to par. I wish other publishers/developers took this route instead of releasing a game that needs more time.

@9 Lmao, sounds like you're just another person who thinks the world revolves around them. Sorry to tell you this, but no one gives a crap what you think of this game. The fact that you call other people idiots because they are interested in something you aren't tells us all we need to know about you. You have nothing else going for you so you come into forums and troll.

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Comment #31 by Empty Seven Man
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 05:05:23 PM
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@9 they're taking the hobbits to isengard

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Comment #32 by crapstain101
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 05:28:59 PM
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It's a good thing that they wanna take their time with it. btw (unrelated) how do ya'll get your gamercards to show when you post comments?

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Comment #33 by WartyHogger
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 05:37:59 PM
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I can wait, this year has a lot of things I'll be buying anyway, mostly collector's editions, too. 2013 is bound to have some great games too, but I'll still pick this one up. Always had a thing for 2k. Hope Mafia 3 gets announced at E3.

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Comment #34 by General Boredom
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 06:02:31 PM
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A delay like this probably means the game is being drastically overhauled. Oh well, I was looking forward to Bioshock Infinite more anyway.

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Comment #35 by Mad Man
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 06:27:05 PM
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Well this is a kick in the head, but i would rather the put more time into the game then rush it and have it turned into a piece of garbage.

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Comment #36 by asilent boom
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 06:33:28 PM
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@33 Go to the User CP(Control Panel) click on "Edit your details", and at the bottome of that page just type your gamertag into the "Xbox Live Gamertag" space.

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Comment #37 by Slayinfool
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 06:38:02 PM
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We'll all be dead by then....

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Comment #38 by DORGINATOR
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 07:01:28 PM
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At this point in time, It's probably being delayed for the nextgen consoles.

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Comment #39 by JammyDodger93
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 07:34:23 PM
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Notch won't like this.

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Comment #40 by BlackArrow
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 07:57:20 PM
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I've got the feeling it's gonna get some kind of big overhaul.

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Comment #41 by gartside27
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 08:05:53 PM
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Hopefully they use this extra time to tweak anything that needs tweaking, would be nice to get a big game release that wasn't littered with bugs for a change!

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Comment #42 by Nami
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 08:34:36 PM
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While I'm upset about this it just gives them more time to make the game even better in my opinion.

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Comment #43 by Aussie27Legend
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 09:00:19 PM
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Whoa, that's a pretty big fucking delay, wasn't it meant to come out in March?

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Comment #44 by ZombieMedicX
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 10:07:32 PM
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fucking fail!!!! well here's to the death or an original AAA title this year. guess its more CoD and Halo....

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Comment #45 by dementedlullaby
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 10:14:37 PM
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No big deal, Enemy Unknown will tide me over until the FPS is released....after I play it through I'll probably go back to EU lol. Randomy generated missions/maps? Ca-ching for Fireaxis 0_o.

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Comment #46 by aosiding
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 10:24:25 PM
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First I was like :D then I went O.o now I'm >:[

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Comment #47 by Coruba
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 10:44:58 PM
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@3 they may very well cancel it after a delay that big!

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Comment #48 by sam0hT
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 12:08:50 AM
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Not even surprised. 2k delays all its games.

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Comment #49 by packers4life12
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 02:03:44 AM
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GARBAGE!!! 2K has no balls at all. The reason they delayed it is because the stupid fan boys of XCOM from the 90s games were whining about it being a FPS, and 2K is scared to release it. They have no trust in fans of good story based FPS games like myself would buy it. Which i had all the intentions to buy it, but the constant delaying is realy pissing me off. Oh and btw 2K i will never buy that piss of shit RTS shit u got coming out at the end of the year. If u want my money it will be with the FPS version.

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Comment #50 by WartyHogger
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 02:14:32 AM
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Yea 2k does delay a lot of games but oh well, I rather enjoy what I get from them, so I can wait. I do hope we atleast get one 2k game this year. Either Borderlands 2 (probably gonna get delayed again) or Bioshock: Infinite( probably will get delayed as well....again.)

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Comment #51 by TrishTheDish
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 02:34:42 AM
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More time to shoehorn Kinect features in! Yay... or something.

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Comment #52 by MetalGearMax
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 04:22:17 AM
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With the new Xcom being announced, this will quietly be canned.

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Comment #53 by ModernSith2010
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 06:43:30 AM
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Maybe if Activision delayed some of there game's they would start to feel better and feel different, I'm not going to say what game's as most people know what I mean!

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Comment #54 by francisrossi
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 08:18:06 AM
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If it's been delayed a year, it's either going through major changes, or 2K are in worse financial trouble than it sounds.

@54 - Why even bring CoD up in a completely unrelated article?

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Comment #55 by cyrus1269
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 08:46:21 AM
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Well a year isn't bad, I guess it's more like a fine wine that it has to age to perfection. For example Duke Nukem aged for what, 10 years and look how awesome that was... oh wait what?

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Comment #56 by Jaison033
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 08:56:40 AM
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Ever since Enemy Unknown has been announced I've been looking forward to that one the most. I guess I just prefer the strategy Xcom over an FPS, having been a big fan of the originals. As long as Enemy Unknown manages to dodge any possible delays. I'll remain happy.

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Comment #57 by dementedlullaby
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 09:56:58 AM
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The game coming out this year isn't even a RTS hahaha. Perhaps you should learn more before you go spouting more crap and foaming at the mouth.

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Comment #58 by The Killer Cook
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 11:47:15 AM
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Dont think this game looks up to much to be honest

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Comment #59 by SOTG Ace
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 12:04:23 PM
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This is the FPS XCOM right? I say they should just cancel it. It obvious they are putting their focus into the more tactical RTS XCOM instead. And lets be honest, the true XCOM players will prefer Enemy Unknown over a FPS. Those that haven't played XCOM before, trust me, Enemy Unknown will be a better game and much more fun.

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Comment #60 by ModernSith2010
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 12:52:32 PM
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The reason I said about COD was as people are complaining about this being delayed, if it means it's going to play better why not, so the reason for mentioning COD is that if Activision actualy delayed them or actualy gave there development team longer they may actual be able to do more with it. Look I'm not saying COD is bad, I just feel they need a longer development period to make wider changes to the gameplay, I'm glad 2K are happy enough to delay there games to allow for re finement.

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Comment #61 by TeAmExTrEmE737
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 05:22:56 PM
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Funny thing is... XCOM was on the front of this months game informer, but now it got delayed till next year lol.

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Comment #62 by Aussie27Legend
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 06:24:52 PM
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@60 - The FPS and RTS XCOM's that are coming out aren't even made by the same company, so they have their dev team's full attention. FPS XCOM probably just wasn't up to snuff yet.

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Comment #63 by elsnoggler
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 07:33:14 PM
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Good. As long as the one that has even a remote chance of being good isn't delayed, I'm not bothered.

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Comment #65 by SOTG Ace
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 09:03:42 PM
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@63 Sure, right different studios making the XCOM games, but 2K is the publisher for both. You don't think they had something to do with the delay?

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Comment #66 by asilent boom
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 09:07:50 PM
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@62 Nope, there are 2 XCOMs being developed. The one on GameInformers cover isn't the one that was delayed.

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Comment #67 by PhoenixTemplar
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 11:40:21 PM
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@50 - Well while you wait for the FPS Xcom to release you can kill time by watching the Packers in the play offs.

...Ohh, too soon?

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Comment #68 by Darth Bambrox
Monday, January 16, 2012 @ 05:26:50 AM
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Well that sucks, Better to delay it than to release an unfinished game though, i do believe like some of the others that this has been delayed because of the rts though, it could prove to be a shrewd business move selling off the back of the hype/excitement of the other xcom, I shall patiently wait as will be buying both no matter what

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Comment #69 by LeviXLush
Monday, January 16, 2012 @ 12:39:03 PM
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@50 - Good point, you're probably right.

They scared just like Blizzard and D3.

XCOM will not live up anywhere near to expectations.

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