2K uncovers The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

The more action oriented XCOM game is very much alive- but very different than when you saw it last.

2K Games just took the wraps off of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. It’s not a first-person shooter, but instead is a third-person ‘tactical’ shooter where you’ll command a crew of operatives. The title is set during humanity’s first fateful brush with the alien threat that would make itself known in a much bigger way in 2012’s XCOM: Enemy Unknown- way back in 1962.


Set in 1962 at the height of the Cold War, The Bureau tells the origin story of the clandestine XCOM organization’s first encounter with a mysterious and devastating enemy. Originally established as America’s covert defense against the Soviet Union, The Bureau must adapt and overcome a threat unlike anything the world has faced before. As special agent William Carter, players will call the shots and pull the trigger, leading their squad of agents in the high-stakes secret war for humanity’s survival. Paramount to repelling the outside threat is The Bureau’s ability to cover-up the enemy’s existence in order to prevent worldwide panic.

2K Marin has been working on The Bureau and promises a “challenging” experience for strategy-minded gamers and also one that “embraces permanent consequence”- and you know what that means. As the game is set in the Cold War era (not to mention that it’s chock full of ET’s), I can’t imagine it wouldn’t have more than a little cloak and dagger and a healthy level of paranoia either and 2K is also playing up that angle as The Bureau will have an appropriately tense feel.

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If you’re up to join the team, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified can be preordered right now and will net you the Codebreakers side-mission if you do. Codebreakers figures into the main campaign as a side-mission set in a communications facility that’s “gone dark”.

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is set to be revealed on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC this August the 20th in the US and on the 23rd in internationally.

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