Today 2K and 2K Marin revealed some information on their upcoming XCOM game, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified.
The Bureau will be set in 1962 at the height of the Cold War and will tell the origin story of the XCOM organization’s first encounter with a mysterious and devastating enemy. Players will take the role of special agent William Carter as The Bureau tries 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 will be in a third-person perspective which is a different approach for the franchise. 2K Marin promises that this perspective “gives the player a sense of spatial awareness and grants them the freedom to transition in and out Carter’s unique Battle Focus ability seamlessly – heightening the tactical shooter action.”
“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 released on August 20, 2013 in North America and August 23, 2013 internationally on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.
Here’s a gallery of the latest released screenshots.