Well there’s a name that we haven’t seen in a while. While its been great see the ol’ Xcom brand make a return, this time as a FPS reboot set in 1950’s America, it has left many a hardcore fan fuming at the shift in gameplay styles.
In an interview with MCV, 2K Boss Christoph Hartmaan explained the reasoning behind the change from strategic action to FPS. â€œThe â€˜90s generation of gamers all love XCOM and we own the IP, so we thought OK, what do we do with it? Every studio we had wanted to do it and each one had its own spin on it. But the problem was that turn-based strategy games were no longer the hottest thing on planet Earth. But this is not just a commercial thing, strategy games are just not contemporary.â€
Hartmaan then compared the reimagining of the franchise to Ray Charles, peculiarly. â€œI use the example of music artists. Look at someone old school like Ray Charles, if he would make music today it would still be Ray Charles but he would probably do it more in the style of Kanye West. Bringing Ray Charles back is all fine and good, but it just needs to move on, although the core essence will still be the same. â€œ
â€œThat’s what we are trying to do. To renew Xcom but in line with what this generation of gamers want. The team behind it is asking themselves every day, is it true to the values of the franchise? It’s not a case of cashing in on the name. We just need to renew it because times are changing.â€
Love or loathe the change in direction, Xcom is still shaping up to be a great looking title with unique features that suit the franchise. Xcom is due out in 2012.
Last Updated: July 14, 2011