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'The Bureau: XCOM Declassified' announced by 2K Games

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The Bureau: XCOM Declassified has been revealed by 2K Games.

Teased earlier this week, the XCOM shooter - which has been in development since 2010 - has been given a new direction.



Now given a third-person perspective, it will be set in the XCOM: Enemy Unknown universe as an origin story for the XCOM organisation, and its first encounter with aliens during the Cold War.

As with other XCOM games, the third-person perspective is focused on tactical play, and offers the concept of permanent deaths for squad mates.

"We're thrilled about 2K Marin's refined vision for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified," said president of 2K Christoph Hartmann.

"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."

Gallery - images of XCOM: Enemy Unknown:
Creative director Morgan Gray added: "The Bureau tells the story of XCOM's mysterious beginnings.

"We're expanding the universe with a declassified tale of government conspiracy and heroic cover-ups told through third-person tactical gameplay."

He continued: "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.

"To that end, The Bureau will challenge players unlike any other third-person tactical shooter."

Developed by 2K Marin, the team behind 2010's BioShock 2, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified will be available on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC from August 23 in Europe.

XCOM shooter

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A first look at The Bureau: XCOM Declassified.



The XCOM shooter was known to have undergone changes following the official website and trailers being removed earlier this month.

The game has suffered multiple delays, and in the meantime Take Two released the Firaxis-developed XCOM: Enemy Unknown last year.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown was well received by fans and critics, and was ranked #2 on Digital Spy's list of the Best Games of 2012.

It will receive an iPad release later this year.

> The making of XCOM: Enemy Unknown: How Firaxis revived a classic
> Read Digital Spy's review for XCOM: Enemy Unknown


Watch the announcement trailer for XCOM: Enemy Unknown's iPad release:

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