Before XCOM: Enemy Unknown rebooted the classic strategy franchise and proved that strategy games can still be mainstream hits, 2K was attempting to reboot the franchise with a first-person shooter that was simply titled XCOM. That game has been scrapped in favor of a tactical third person shooter called The Bureau: XCOM Declassified.
2K has released a new trailer for the title that features some gameplay that shows off the new tactical elements and the new third person perspective. It looks like your basic cover shooter with some tactical elements pulled out of games like Ghost Recon.
It doesn’t look like a BioShock clone anymore, but some fans will undoubtedly feel a little icky about their favorite strategy series being turned into a third-person shooter. It’s a good thing then that strategy fans still have their Enemy Unknown that did well enough to maybe earn a sequel while shooter fans may discover a love for the strategy game after playing The Bureau.
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified launches August 20 for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.