Ok XCOM fans we have great news about a new game in the series. Coming in August isÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. We scored a teaser trailer as well as the official release below.
2K and 2K Marin, makers of BioShockÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â® 2, announced today that The Bureau: XCOM Declassified will be released on August 20, 2013 in North America and August 23, 2013 internationally on the Xbox 360Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStationÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC. XCOM: Enemy Unknown, developed by Firaxis Games, dazzled turn-based strategy fans and rebooted the classic franchise. Now The Bureau will deliver a new experience within the XCOM universe.
Set in 1962 at the height of the Cold War, The Bureau tells the origin story of the clandestine XCOM organisationÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s first encounter with a mysterious and devastating enemy. Originally established as AmericaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s covert defense against the Soviet Union, The Bureau must adapt and overcome a threat unlike anything the world has faced before. As special agent William Carter, players will call the shots and pull the trigger, leading their squad of agents in the high-stakes secret war for humanityÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s survival. Paramount to repelling the outside threat is The BureauÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s ability to cover-up the enemyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s existence in order to prevent worldwide panic.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢re thrilled about 2K MarinÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s refined vision for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe 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.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe Bureau tells the story of XCOMÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s mysterious beginnings,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said Morgan Gray, creative director at 2K Marin. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢re expanding the universe with a declassified tale of government conspiracy and heroic cover-ups told through third-person tactical gameplay.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
In the spirit of the XCOM franchise, The BureauÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s calculated combat design requires players to think and act tactically. The gameÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s third-person perspective gives the player a sense of spatial awareness and grants them the freedom to transition in and out CarterÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s unique Battle Focus ability seamlessly ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ heightening the tactical shooter action. The Bureau also fully embraces the concept of permanent consequence. As our last line of defense, every command can mean the difference between life and death for Carter, his squad and mankind.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe 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,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â added Gray. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œTo that end, The Bureau will challenge players unlike any other third-person tactical shooter.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified can be pre-ordered today at all participating retailers. Those who pre-order will receive the Codebreakers side-mission as a bonus. In this special campaign side-mission, a communications facility responsible for intercepting and interpreting the enemyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s transmissions has gone dark. Special Agent Carter and his squad must make contact with any remaining personnel and investigate the incident.