Fans of X-Com, I bear news. The title that sparked turn base strategy game, will make a comeback. It’s a bitter sweet moment because XCOM will return as a First-Person Shooter. Take it with a grain of salt, since there hasn’t been much information released. But know that 2K Marin, developers of Rapture’s latest hit, BioShock 2, will take the helm. Press Release reads:
XCOM is the re-imagining of the classic tale of humanity’s struggle against an unknown enemy that puts players directly into the shoes of an FBI agent tasked with identifying and eliminating the growing threat. True to the roots of the franchise, players will be placed in charge of overcoming high-stake odds through risky strategic gambits coupled with heart-stopping combat experiences that pit human ingenuity – and frailty – against a foe beyond comprehension. By setting the game in a first-person perspective, players will be able to feel the tension and fear that comes with combating a faceless enemy that is violently probing and plotting its way into our world.
Currently in development exclusively for the Xbox 360 and Windows PC, 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.
“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.”
I’ve been a huge fan of the series, but I’m a bit disappointed to see they’re moving over to FPS. We have enough FPS games and this move may ruin the turn based strategy genre by painting this picture to new gamers of what XCOM has become. Stick with what made the series popular and don’t go mainstream 2K Marin, Please!