2K Marin Developing New XCOM

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Posted by Jeff (3583 posts) -
 Hmm. Better go research some better armor or jump jets or something.
2K just issued a press release confirming that a new game in the X-Com universe is in development. Known as XCOM, this first-person shooter is set for release on the Xbox 360 and PC. The game is being developed by 2K Marin, which is the team that brought you BioShock 2 earlier this year.

The game is billed as a "re-imagining of the classic tale of humanity's struggle against an unknown enemy." The press release also gives a nod to the series' turn-based strategy past with the following line...

XCOM combines the strategic core of the groundbreaking franchise with a suspense-filled narrative and distills it into a tense and unique first-person shooter experience.


Players will take on the role of an FBI agent. Meanwhile, I'm reminded of Midway's awful Area 51 reboot, for some reason. That turned the goofy (but popular) light-gun game into a "dark" and "conspiracy-filled" first-person shooter.

Rumors of a new X-Com game have been swirling around for quite some time now, but it's always been Ken Levine and the recently re-re-christened Irrational Games that has been attached to that loose talk, not 2K Marin. Plus, the thing that made X-Com stand out in the first place was its gameplay. It's been a great turn-based strategy game. But it's not like the world itself is notable enough to immediately translate as a shooter. This just feels like it's using the name as shorthand for "there will be aliens." Guess we'll have to wait and see how that "strategic core" is distilled.
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#1 Posted by Jeff (3583 posts) -
 Hmm. Better go research some better armor or jump jets or something.
2K just issued a press release confirming that a new game in the X-Com universe is in development. Known as XCOM, this first-person shooter is set for release on the Xbox 360 and PC. The game is being developed by 2K Marin, which is the team that brought you BioShock 2 earlier this year.

The game is billed as a "re-imagining of the classic tale of humanity's struggle against an unknown enemy." The press release also gives a nod to the series' turn-based strategy past with the following line...

XCOM combines the strategic core of the groundbreaking franchise with a suspense-filled narrative and distills it into a tense and unique first-person shooter experience.


Players will take on the role of an FBI agent. Meanwhile, I'm reminded of Midway's awful Area 51 reboot, for some reason. That turned the goofy (but popular) light-gun game into a "dark" and "conspiracy-filled" first-person shooter.

Rumors of a new X-Com game have been swirling around for quite some time now, but it's always been Ken Levine and the recently re-re-christened Irrational Games that has been attached to that loose talk, not 2K Marin. Plus, the thing that made X-Com stand out in the first place was its gameplay. It's been a great turn-based strategy game. But it's not like the world itself is notable enough to immediately translate as a shooter. This just feels like it's using the name as shorthand for "there will be aliens." Guess we'll have to wait and see how that "strategic core" is distilled.
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#2 Posted by Driadon (2998 posts) -

Dammit, I want a TRUE XCOM game. I miss turned based tactical games...

#3 Posted by chililili (1328 posts) -

Meh, not really interested

#4 Posted by GIVEMEREPLAY (821 posts) -

I was never an X-Com guy, but I'm genuinely excited about being able to join the fan club. The lack of shaders on that ring of doom looks like ass, though. Still, can't ask too much from a pre-alpha screenshot, even if it is a press shot. 

#5 Posted by Bigandtasty (3203 posts) -

That's...weird. But I guess we have to wait and see.

#6 Posted by Jeffk38uk (716 posts) -

Part of me is surprised at the FPS angle given I was fond of the old titles, but at the same time totally expected given how most reboots go. Still, will keep an eye on it.
 
And is it bad to say I liked the Area 51 reboot and sequel?

#7 Posted by RedSox8933 (2428 posts) -

First Person Shooter? No thank you.

#8 Posted by kitsune_conundrum (1202 posts) -

fan RRAHGHHHEEEE!!!!!!!! This is a terrible terrible day my friends.

#9 Posted by George_Hukas (1317 posts) -

Ugh why even issue a press release.. I hate speculating!

#10 Edited by demontium (4709 posts) -

Wow, awesome. 

#11 Posted by Yzzerdd (521 posts) -

First person shooter
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ytCEuuW2_A

#12 Posted by lead_farmer (1041 posts) -

This is kinda unfortunate.  The turn-based gameplay was part of what made that game interesting and fun.

#13 Posted by Peredur (32 posts) -

Well, maybe if you get that crazy homing missile platform it could work. Didn't see this coming.

#14 Posted by Milkman (16851 posts) -

Dumb. It's not a X-COM game. Why attach the name?

#15 Posted by Kouerson (242 posts) -

Gamers today, they just can't handle a turn based game like ye olde X-COM. Has to be about sports cars and fast women, guns too I guess.
 
This is basically going to be X-Com: Blood on the Sand

#16 Posted by NeoSHODAN (128 posts) -

At first I was all like YES.  And then I was all like NO.  Goddamnit.

#17 Posted by KainCarver (116 posts) -

Fuck you 2K for making this a FPS. You're taking one of the best games ever made and pissing all over it.

#18 Posted by artofwar420 (6291 posts) -

So, Ken Levine is not attached in any way to this? Hopefully it won't be just another copy-pasta shooter and do some justice to the name.

#19 Posted by HiImMikeCruz (209 posts) -

This is not the X-Com I wanted. This isn't really a game I want period. 

#20 Posted by Cazamalos (983 posts) -

i'm starting to think that in the future EVERY game will be first person shooter or  a Third person shooter

#21 Posted by AuthenticM (3739 posts) -

No PS3 version? We're in 2010 for Christ's sake. How can this still happen?

#22 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11804 posts) -

The second it said "First Person Shooter" I became less interested.

#23 Posted by ch3burashka (5089 posts) -

Huh. I bought all the XCOM's on Steam during the XMAS sale, but still haven't played them. I hears they were the shit back in the day.

#24 Posted by Durandal377 (55 posts) -

Maybe I should try playing the original X-COM games. How could I not turn down a bunch of games that I'll never play because of how cheap they are. Consider me interested.

#25 Posted by MeruFM (22 posts) -

X-com EFF YEAH... First Person Shooter? 
What am I living in? Bizarro world?

#26 Posted by Cybexx (1177 posts) -

The fact this didn't end up being irrational game's project has me worried and confused.  
 
However, this is kind of what I was expecting. Now I never expected it to be a turn-based strategy game, that just doesn't fly these days especially on console. I was thinking the way to pull this off was to have the turn-based parts replaced with a tactical first/third person shooter, but keep the base improvement / research / UFO hunting realtime-ish metagame. They may be doing that, I hope that is what they are doing. Otherwise it is just another Sci-fi shooter with the X-COM name slapped on.

#27 Posted by notlobot (15 posts) -
@GIVEMEREPLAY said:
" I was never an X-Com guy, but I'm genuinely excited about being able to join the fan club. The lack of shaders on that ring of doom looks like ass, though. Still, can't ask too much from a pre-alpha screenshot, even if it is a press shot.  "
Being anything but disappointed by this announcement means you won't ever be in the club.
#28 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6230 posts) -

Goddamn it, where is my turn-based tactical sequel?

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#29 Posted by RedSox8933 (2428 posts) -

Okay what the hell, I guess they're doing something with it. I'll be cautiously optimistic.

#30 Posted by Gid3on (18 posts) -

Take classic RTS game....reinvent as FPS....sounds good on paper for making money but not so much for giving xcom fans what they want

#31 Posted by Zelnox (390 posts) -

Do not want this. ;_; squad-based tactical strategy.

#32 Posted by notlobot (15 posts) -
@Gid3on said:
" Take classic RTS game....reinvent as FPS....sounds good on paper for making money but not so much for giving xcom fans what they want "
Following in the footsteps of command and conquer: renegade doesn't "sound good on paper".
#33 Posted by ArgentR (7 posts) -

Could be a turn-based FPS (kinda like Valkyria Chronicles).
#34 Posted by Mayu_Zane (610 posts) -
@Cybexx said:

" The fact this didn't end up being irrational game's project has me worried and confused.   However, this is kind of what I was expecting. Now I never expected it to be a turn-based strategy game, that just doesn't fly these days especially on console. I was thinking the way to pull this off was to have the turn-based parts replaced with a tactical first/third person shooter, but keep the base improvement / research / UFO hunting realtime-ish metagame. They may be doing that, I hope that is what they are doing. Otherwise it is just another Sci-fi shooter with the X-COM name slapped on. "

  @Cybexx: Yeah, I'm hoping we get some kind of 'global map' mode in between missions. where you can research, start new bases and upgrade stuff. If it turns out to be a Call of Duty-esque experience then I'm not gonna play it, that's just not X-Com.
#35 Posted by jakob187 (21676 posts) -

I'm interested, but not totally optimistic.

#36 Posted by Chyro (353 posts) -

A FPS X-com game?  Right.  Way to piss on everything the name stood for.

#37 Posted by CrimsonAngel (28 posts) -

They already made a 3rd person X-com game long ago called X-Com Enforcer and it was SHIT!. 
All i want is a turnbased tactical game not a freaking FPS.
 
If i wanted a FPS i would go play one of the BILLIONS of FPS games that comes out every freaking month and it is not like turn based games don't work on a console.

#38 Posted by President_Barackbar (3462 posts) -

I'd stay far FAR away from this game. 2K Marin has really screwed the Bioshock 2 community with absolutely no support in terms of patches or anything. STAY AWAY FROM THAT TOXIC DEVELOPMENT TEAM!

#39 Posted by TwoOneFive (9459 posts) -

definitely sounds interesting.  
 
oh and everyone acting like FPS games suck all of the sudden. wow. dumbasses. its a great way to play, its the most immersive. 

#40 Posted by Daveyo520 (6799 posts) -

So they took a long standing franchise and just ripped its name and made a genric game out of it. I am sure that has never happened and will never happen again. 
 
I remember the remake of Area 51 for only one reason, it had David Duchovny in it.
#41 Posted by Phished0ne (2514 posts) -

I will play this game 
 
but if they think an FPS will draw in classic X-Com fans, they are kidding themselves.

#42 Posted by TheIneffableBob (243 posts) -

I LOVE FPS games but making X-COM an FPS is just stupid.

#43 Posted by crusader8463 (14422 posts) -

Another PC franchise being run into the ground to appeal to the console kiddies. Surprise.

#44 Posted by supalink (165 posts) -

FPS WHA?

#45 Posted by NuDimon (169 posts) -
@KainCarver said:
" Fuck you 2K for making this a FPS. You're taking one of the best games ever made and pissing all over it. "
The first game in the series was the best one. The switch to FPS may be for the best tbh. That or we get another X-COM: Enforcer on our hands......
I'd rather pay for two copies of Deadly Premonition (full price) then one copy of that game....
#46 Posted by Davvyk (694 posts) -

I love me some XCOM i just hope they add some strategy elements in. I wouldnt be adverse to a turnbased FPS like the classic Hired Guns. Which reminds me, i need to flesh that page out.

#47 Posted by kerikxi (542 posts) -

I'm torn about this. While I'm desperate for any new XCOM related anything, turning it into an FPS is troubling. As Jeff says, it truly depends on how much of the startegy element to the game remains. If there's no base building or any management at all, then they've missed the point.
 
And XCOM is obviously not a unique universe. The first aliens you encounter are straight up Greys. The setting alone will definitely not set it apart from all the other bland FPS on the market.

#48 Posted by Hamz (6846 posts) -

Does the world really need a new X-COM game?....

#49 Posted by KainCarver (116 posts) -
@NuDimon:  Dude I agree, you're completely right.
#50 Posted by CrimsonAngel (28 posts) -
@TwoOneFive said:
" definitely sounds interesting.   oh and everyone acting like FPS games suck all of the sudden. wow. dumbasses. its a great way to play, its the most immersive.  "
No one is saying that FPS games suck, but tell me would you like to play Civilisation the FPS?. 

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