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XCOM is Back... But as a First Person Shooter

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Ready to research some aliens?

Old school computer gamers will know the XCOM series well as one of the best, deep turn-based strategy games ever. And now it's coming back, but in a different genre.

2K Games announced today that XCOM, the re-imagining of one of gaming’s most storied and beloved franchises, is currently in development at 2K Marin, the studio behind BioShock 2, exclusively for the Xbox 360 and Windows PC.

"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."

Those expecting classic turn-based strategy, however, may be disappointed to learn that the upcoming XCOM will be a first-person shooter.

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.


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    dmuir , April 15, 2010 1:41 AM
    If it comes with the original Xcom, it might be worth getting. :-)
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    Shadow703793 , April 15, 2010 1:03 AM
    Haven't played it, guess it was before my time eh?

    At any rate, glad to see it on PC. But I do hope it pays homage to the older version.
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    sceen311 , April 15, 2010 1:18 AM
    woot, another fps... just what we needed...

    /shrug at least this one has a potential for some depth.
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    scotters , April 15, 2010 1:25 AM
    Even as a FPS in 2010-2011, it still probably wont be as scary as the original.
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    dmuir , April 15, 2010 1:41 AM
    If it comes with the original Xcom, it might be worth getting. :-)
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    Lan , April 15, 2010 2:09 AM
    Hmm...not sure what to think about this yet. It being a FPS doesn't do justice to the classic turn by turn strategy that was in the original.

    I'll try to keep an open mind, but I have fond memories staying up late playing the Original XCOM, so I'll have to reserve judgement on this one.
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    Anonymous , April 15, 2010 2:09 AM
    Xcom:TFTD = best game ever. I wonder if the alien torpedo launcher with the programmable flight path will make it into the fps? hahah
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    Anonymous , April 15, 2010 2:18 AM
    This is rubbish. The world don't need another FPS, there's more FPS out there than stars in the entire Milky Way galaxy. What we need is an updated Direct X 11 turn based XCOM!!
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    dimar , April 15, 2010 3:17 AM
    I hope it's not like you can't move while the alien is attacking. Why not make both 1st person and 3rd person? I really hope it will have a good story and lots of cut scenes. Please don't make it cheap. Native DirectX 11 is must! Port it to XBOX360 then... A classic like this must have special attention in every way.
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    gsacks , April 15, 2010 3:22 AM
    Boooo. I almost got excited about this until I read FPS. I have nothing against FPS games. But X-COM is to turn based combat strategy what Civilization is to turn based world conquest strategy. It was without equal in its time. I'm glad to see the franchise revived, but not as an FPS. Real-time strategy I could have handled.
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    husker , April 15, 2010 4:28 AM
    I'm hoping that in this case FPS = First Person Strategy.
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    pojih , April 15, 2010 4:57 AM
    I hope they overdue the main characters lines.... It needs to be intense..


    oh, and who cares about graphics anymore, clearly people only care about a sweet looking game...


    oh wait, they will do nothing for the story line, or the story, another fail =/
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    xrodney , April 15, 2010 5:25 AM
    Can be ibteresting to play xcom from another perspective.
    I ma big fan of whole xcom series (1st 2 particulary).
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    shotgunpadre , April 15, 2010 6:06 AM
    Xcom: Enforcer was fun, but no classic. the same thing will happen again and this game will get points like 60-70 and won't be remembered after decades.
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    agnickolov , April 15, 2010 6:08 AM
    Well, the X-COM franchise has been tried outside of strategy - twice already. Both X-COM: Interceptor and X-COM: Enforcer suck...
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    uiron , April 15, 2010 6:09 AM
    Wasn`t there one terrible FPS attemt that gave bad name for X-Com franchise alredy ? (Named "X-Com: Enfrocer") why make another ?
    If you realy liked x-com you should play UFO: Afterlife - that is best succeeder to original game with good 3d graphics. ( There is UFO: Aftermatch and UFO: Aftershock too, but they aren`t so good )

    Original game was one of the best Tatics+Strategy game ever. It would be realy hard to make worthwile FPS game.
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    Anonymous , April 15, 2010 6:10 AM
    hm, what ? FPS ?
    youre kidding, right ?
    is like making Civilisation a shooter LOL, shooting ppl in the city,
    or imagine Settlers a shooter,
    why not a FIFA shooter ?
    its just ridiculous!
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    haplo602 , April 15, 2010 6:26 AM
    hmmm interesting ... this could make a very good online coop campaign. let's hope they don't mess up the story with a world savin hero ...
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    blashyrkh , April 15, 2010 6:51 AM
    Yea, 2K is amazing at producing good fps games like bioshock 2 which crashes every 5 minutes and had millions of problems!! Nice...
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    mrface , April 15, 2010 11:49 AM
    ahh xcom; turn based = good, strategy = good, teamwork = good; altogether it was a great game and pretty good series, i just dont know how they will implement it as a FPS. The whole goal was getting congruity with the team of soldiers you had...

    little concerned about this, although i will play the original tonight... :p 
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    Zenthar , April 15, 2010 12:21 PM
    I like FPS, but not all concepts are good for "FPS"; Fallout 3 (might not be a "true" FPS) was great, but Shadowrun (I'm a fan of the RPG so I'm biased) was total crap.

    If they do X-COM the Fallout way, I think it could be very nice indeed, otherwise I will probably just pretend it never existed like the final 2 Matrix movies.
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