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X-COM FPS May Become Third Person Shooter

By - Source: Kotaku | B 21 comments

The X-COM FPS may be changing directions...

There's been plenty of X-COM: Enemy Unknown excitement as of late, since the highly-anticipated remake will be tangible in a week.

Where's the other X-COM game that 2K announced with Enemy Unknown? After its initial announcement, there's been little news on the X-COM shooter besides its delays.

Now, according to some screenshots sent into Kotaku (apparently, they were included as a part of a 2K marketing survey), it seems like the new X-COM game may be taking an entirely new direction. The X-COM title may be shirking the FPS genre in favor of a third person squad-based game, which bridges the gaps between the original turn-based strategy games and the new shooter a little better.

Apparently, the survey also revealed that 2K may be changing this game into a cheaper, downloadable one, as one of the questions asks the survey takers whether or not they'd prefer a downloadable title on PS3 and Xbox 360—yes, it looks like the PC has been neglected, once again—for $30 over a $60 title.

However, all this remains a rumor, as 2K's refused to shed light on the situation: "We have not made any new announcements regarding the XCOM title currently in development at 2K Marin, and it is our policy not to comment on rumors or speculation."

You can view all of the alleged X-COM screenshots here.

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    PuckerFactor , October 6, 2012 10:21 PM
    Huh?...It is a 3rd person shooter...the demo is already out...I found out about the demo here at Toms. What's the confusion?
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    Anonymous , October 6, 2012 10:25 PM
    When I first heard of X-COM: Enemy Unknown I was filled with rage, this is what they come up with after so many years? That rage did not subside til I heard of Sid making a true reincarnation of the game. So no I am not upset to be missing this.
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    mousseng , October 6, 2012 10:43 PM
    PuckerFactorHuh?...It is a 3rd person shooter...the demo is already out...I found out about the demo here at Toms. What's the confusion?

    This is a different game. There were two XCOM games announced a ways back, Enemy Unknown (a proper sequel to the original) and a first-person shooter spin-off (this one here).
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    Menigmand , October 6, 2012 11:30 PM
    Alas, poor franchise. I knew it well.
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    jkflipflop98 , October 6, 2012 11:53 PM
    MenigmandAlas, poor franchise. I knew it well.


    WTF are you smokin? XCOM is about to BLOW UP when Enemy Unknown finally drops on Tuesday. It's XCOM reimagined for the preset.

    Plus, I never minded the FPS version, it actually looks really good. I think a lot of the hate for this game came from people thinking that some FPS game was trying to be the new face of XCOM, when that isn't the case at all. I really liked to '60's "Mad Men" style of the game and how the Earth changed over time to look like a alien homeworld.
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    tanjo , October 7, 2012 12:06 AM
    I didn't know there will be a XCOM:EU remake. Now I'm excited. I don't care much about this shooter though.
    Next, EA should remake Syndicate... maybe Commandos style?
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    jossrik , October 7, 2012 12:53 AM
    Ya, FPS XCOM had me down quite a bit as XCom was one of my favorite games of all time, and FPS just doesn't translate to base management quite the same as a strategy game, I'm gonna get the PC one for sure now. There are some game play videos up and it looks like an updated version of the old one. Very stoked when I found out it wasn't gonna be the FPS nobody wanted.
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    aragis , October 7, 2012 1:06 AM
    Am I the only one who never heard about X-com before?
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    skaz , October 7, 2012 4:49 AM
    yes
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    alidan , October 7, 2012 4:56 AM
    aragisAm I the only one who never heard about X-com before?


    i dont care how old you are, you have heard of xcom at some point, you either never payed attention to it, looked into it, or just passed by it when you saw it however.
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    beayn , October 7, 2012 12:24 PM
    I played the X-Com EU demo and it was really disappointing. 5g Download for 2 missions, one mission totally scripted, the other very short. You didn't get to customize your characters, build anything in your base, and only got to queue up the first research option without seeing the results or really getting to look at the research tree. Basically you got to see 1/4 of the game.
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    john_4 , October 7, 2012 1:21 PM
    Third person is for kiddie consoles and it sux.
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    Murissokah , October 7, 2012 2:32 PM
    Well, it seems they realized the FPS will be a dud, now they are trying to scavenge whatever money they can by selling it cheaper on consoles only. Now that we have the real X-COM sequel ready to launch, no one will care about this other version.

    Funny thing is that a non-strategy X-COM game has been tried before, with zero success.
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    Anonymous , October 7, 2012 5:05 PM
    There are 2 X-Com strategy games comming. ther are X-com EU and Xenonauts
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    bustapr , October 7, 2012 5:08 PM
    I believe a third person shooter in the xcom universe would be alot of fun if done right. I dont really care about all that crap fanboys vomit out their mouths that this xcom would suck JUST because it isnt like the original. I know that the demo for this particular game wasnt very good, but Id never spout shit at it just because its a shooter.
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    madjimms , October 7, 2012 9:02 PM
    Am I the ONLY person who enjoyed X-Com:Enforcer? it was 3rd person & highly underrated.
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    gm0n3y , October 7, 2012 11:05 PM
    2 more days till release. Already downloaded via steam.
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    beayn , October 7, 2012 11:35 PM
    madjimmsAm I the ONLY person who enjoyed X-Com:Enforcer? it was 3rd person & highly underrated.
    I had fun with it. It's one of those games that only used the X-COM name for publicity though. Other than that it wasn't anything to do with the original game.
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    Afrospinach , October 8, 2012 7:21 AM
    Seems to be a bit of confusion between xcom:enemy unknown developed by firaxis as a turn based game in much of the spirit of the original and being released in a day or 2 vs xcom the FPS reboot(which I assume the article is talking about) which is still release TBA. Both being published by 2k. I will give them both a try myself.
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    hixbot , October 8, 2012 1:23 PM
    UFO Defense took alot of my time in the DOS days. I hope the remake brings in multiplayer deathmatch, that could be a good time if it's balanced.
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