Long ago 2K announced the return of XCOM in the form of a first person shooter developed by the folks behind BioShock 2, 2K Marin. Several delays, restarts and a proper XCOM game later, we have The Bureau: XCOM Declassified.
The XCOM shooter is now a third person squad based tactical game reminiscent of Mass Effect. Instead of reading my recounts of what I watched, why not watch this little walkthrough instead:
I love the aesthetic but it does appear more restrained than the earlier first person shooter rendition. There was a sense of mystery and uneasiness with the blobs of goo masquerading as everyday citizens. The Bureau is undeniably XCOM and I’m fine with that but I also wish 2K Marin will have the opportunity to revisit their original idea and flesh it out. It doesn’t even have to be XCOM related.
Here’s a developer diary detailing The Bureau’s evolution: