2K Games has officially announced today that the 2K Marin Studio, who most recently worked on BioShock 2
, is now working on a new XCOM
The long-running X-COM
series started in 1993 and was originally developed by UK-based Mythos Games. There were four games in the series and the first three are often remembered as some of the best titles from the period for their tactical gameplay that tasked players with maintaining a team of soldiers and using them to fight aliens.
2K Marin hasn't released many details about the project just yet, but has confirmed that the game will be played from the FPS perspective, eschewing the isometric viewpoint of previous games. That means it will probably be in real-time too, rather than the old-style turn-based - though the official press release promise there'll still be a strategic element to the gameplay.
The plot of the new game will put players in the shoes of an FBI agent who has to identify and eliminate a new threat.
“With BioShock 2, the team at 2K Marin proved themselves as masters of first-person, suspenseful storytelling, and with XCOM they will re-imagine and expand the rich lore of this revered franchise,
” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K.
“Players will explore the world of XCOM from an immersive new perspective and experience firsthand the fear and tension of this gripping narrative ride.
The new official XCOM
website has a few bits of concept art which imply a minimalist look for the game, as well as an update to the series name; it's changed from X-COM
to just XCOM
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