Last year’s XCOM: Enemy Unknown was a polished, modern turn-based tactical shooter that was at the top of many game-of-the-year lists and seems to have resurrected the XCOM brand, as well as tactical RPG genre in general.
Now, 2K Games is capitalizing on Enemy Unknown‘s success by releasing an XCOM-branded third-person shooter. The publisher announced today that The Bureau: XCOM Declassified will be released on August 20 (August 23 in Europe) for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. 2K’s statement did not touch on whether the game will be coming to next-gen consoles or the Wii U at a later date.
The Bureau will be set in 1962, and tell the story of XCOM’s first encounter with aliens. Players will “lead” squads of Bureau agents against the invaders and cover up any evidence of the encounter.
“The Bureau tells the story of XCOM’s mysterious beginnings,” said Morgan Gray, creative director at 2K Marin, the development studio in charge of The Bureau. “We’re expanding the universe with a declassified tale of government conspiracy and heroic cover-ups told through third-person tactical gameplay.”
The game will also feature the XCOM strategy games’ feature of forcing players to live with the consequences of their decisions. Bureau agents can die permanently, and 2K is billing the game as more tactical than a normal third-person shooter.
“The team has been working hard to leverage core XCOM elements like tactical decision-making and permanent death of squad mates in a purposeful way that makes this a unique tactical shooter,” said Gray. “To that end, The Bureau will challenge players unlike any other third-person tactical shooter.”