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Fantastic news, everyone! 2K Marin’s bringing back a certain classic turn-based strategy franchise that’s been out of action since before it became uncool to have “2K,” 2000, or some variation of that in your company’s name. That’s right: XCOM’s coming out of retirement with guns a blazing. Like, literally. It’s going to be a first-person shooter.
“XCOM is the re-imagining of the classic tale of humanity’s struggle against an unknown enemy that puts players directly into the shoes of an FBI agent tasked with identifying and eliminating the growing threat. True to the roots of the franchise, players will be placed in charge of overcoming high-stake odds through risky strategic gambits coupled with heart-stopping combat experiences that pit human ingenuity – and frailty – against a foe beyond comprehension,” reads the game’s website.
“By setting the game in a first-person perspective, players will be able to feel the tension and fear that comes with combating a faceless enemy that is violently probing and plotting its way into our world.”
Before you plan out a meticulous strategy involving pitchforks and torches, though, remember who we’re dealing with here. 2K Marin met and – in some ways – exceeded expectations with BioShock 2. It won’t quite be XCOM like you remember it, but just because you’ll probably spend more time outgunning aliens and less time outwitting them doesn’t mean it’ll be a bad game. Here’s hoping we hear more soon.