New X-Com Announced! – But Don’t Be Smiling just Yet…

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X-com, the classic turned-based strategy game that set mankind against alien invaders – and stole so much of my time during the 90’s – will be getting a revival, courtesy of the team behind BioShock 2.

Instead of sticking to the series roots though, the team will be taking the franchise in a new direction – something I have serious reservations about. Simply called “XCOM,” the new game will forgo the top down and isometric turn based strategy and become…yet another First Person Shooter.

"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."

Gaming nerds might remember that there was already an attempt at making an X-Com shooter. X-Com : Enforcer was a 3rd person shooter set in the X-com universe that was an awful, mindless action romp, requiring zero strategy – far removed from the series roots. Will the same mistakes be repeated, or could a first Person X-Com actually work? BioShock 2 proved that they were capable of making an excellent shooter – so for now I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. For now.

See more over at XCOM

Last Updated: April 14, 2010

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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