First Contact With The Bureau: XCOM Declassified


May 4, 2013
Occasionally, the internet takes a break from being its friendly, nurturing and open-minded self and dons its grumpy hat instead, becoming quick to anger and predisposed to oppose anything that does not neatly align with its expectations. Unfortunately for 2K, the day it announced it was developing an XCOM shooter was one such day. The internet, perturbed by its suspicion that 2K might be trying to shoehorn a beloved franchise into an ill-fitting FPS mould, was immediately wary.

Since that day in 2010, we’ve seen the XCOM shooter shift from a first to third-person perspective as BioShock 2 developer 2K Marin assumed full development responsibilities. But for a while it looked like the XCOM shooter had disappeared entirely, prompting concerns the project had been cancelled and causing the internet to furrow its brow deeper still. Happily, the shooter recently resurfaced under the moniker of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified and brought with it an evocative live-action teaser, depicting the origins of the XCOM organisation some 50 years past.

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