The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Confirmed for August Release
Written Friday, April 26, 2013 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
2K Games has this morning confirmed that 2K Marin's XCOM shooter is still alive, and has been rebranded as The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, a tactical third-person shooter. The game will release in August, and is set in 1962 at the height of the Cold War. Today's confirmation follows a pair of teaser videos, and even a confirmation of sorts from 2K earlier this week.
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is an origin story that reveals how the XCOM organisation first came to encounter a mysterious extra terrestrial enemy, having been initially established as America's covert defence against the Soviet Union. You'll play as special agent William Carter, leading a squad of agents in a secret war.
This secret war has high stakes too, as it'll ultimately decide the fate of humanity. It's The Bureau's job to keep the enemy's existence covered up to prevent global panic. Apparently, the game has a "calculated combat design" demanding that players have to think tactically.
As a third-person shooter, The Bureau offers greater spatial awareness, and enables players to move in and out of Carter's 'Battle Focus' ability seamlessly, giving you control over the "tactical shooter action". Like XCOM: Enemy Unknown, The Bureau will also include permanent consequences, which means your decisions will stick and can result in the irreversible deaths of squad members.
“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,” said 2K Marin's Creative Director, Morgan Gray. “To that end, The Bureau will challenge players unlike any other third-person tactical shooter.”
You can pre-order The Bureau: XCOM Declassified from participating retailers today, and get The Codebreakers side-mission as an added bonus. The game will be out on August 20th in North America and August 23rd internationally. Check out the live-action teaser and first two screenshots below.