- If _I_ wasn't working on an X-Com game I would have been significantly more forthright about that fact. Still, that's a personal stance.
- 2K Boston released their last title, Bioshock, on August 2007 - nearly two years ago. He clearly states that they are a large, talented team at Boston, and that more professionals are currently being actively recruited for their ongoing project. So, whatever the title, they've markedly left the pre-production stage and are now pursuing full production.
- The mention of Sid seems a bit contrived, honestly, in the context of his answer. The man would be on the choice developers' shortlist for quality turn-based games the likes of X-Com, sure, and Levine seems to think the world of him, but for me it's not liquid he's inferring any such a leap. Anyway, presently, could Firaxis lend Sid while going on working on whatever it is working?
- For much the same reason stated by Gimli I don't believe it's a FPS. Real-Time Strategy strikes me as a possibility, but not of the 'vanilla' variety.
It occurs to me that Starcraft II is coming out triplet-style in coming year/s and thus in the same expected release timeframe of 2K's game. Were 2K to go toe to toe against Blizzard in their own segment it wouldn't be a very sound business proposition; unless they have something that's different enough and worthwhile on offer as an alternative. Also, despite its discretion, Electronic Arts currently holds the rights to the Dune franchise if I'm not mistaken... so that's another contender in that particular camp.
- In Levine's shoes I'd have to be under heavy sedation not to be ecstatic about sitting on a new X-Com game I could put my name on. "Chomping at the bit" is quite the understatement.
I suppose most people will acknowledge, also, that the X-Com name is not to be lightly trifled with. Kind remarks are not to be expected if this time-honored franchise is treated any less than appropriately - so that is a bit sobering. And considering you'd have to cope with whatever the outcome for well... the next couple of decades' worth of worship offerings or voodoo pinning on your doorstep.