New X-COM Announced


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#1 Gimli

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 07:54 AM

Kotaku reports that a new X-COM game has been announced. An FPS simply called XCOM, it is being developed for the Xbox360 and PC by 2K Marin and is a re-imagining of the original franchise.
A quote by 2K's president Christoph Hartmann:

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"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."

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The official web site has been launched with some basic information:

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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. 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.

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 10:23 AM

AN agent is tasked with identifying and eliminating the growing threat? As in, one?

Granted they're not giving us much to go on here, but this XCOM smells to me of a linear game, where you're handed objectives in a set order, and nothing much happens until you complete them.

As opposed to something, like, say, X-COM, where what you've discovered in terms of "plot" has very little to do with what sort of missions you'll be performing.

But I suppose before I go off on a big long rant I should wait until I know what I'm to be ranting about. They used the term "strategy" in their description, so there's hope that strategy does, in fact, exist within their game design. I guess we'll see.

I mean, I've got nothing against the idea of X-COM as a FPS (I'm still annoyed about the whole Alliance-never-getting-finished thing), but this certainly won't work as a traditional FPS (we don't need another Enforcer, even if that game was decent fun).

My main concern is their use of the term "re-imagining". I'm not interested in hearing that the X-COM canon of this last decade or so is going out the window.
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Posted 14 April 2010 - 10:37 AM

Take a look at the 2k forums. There was a viral marketing campaign for the last week or so and the material posted there suggests that it might be set either at the time of Alien War 1 or before it happened. Could be touching on the agents (the ones who are tasked with finding alien bases). We'll see.

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 11:44 AM

Welp, so much for sleeping tonight!

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 12:34 PM

Very cautiously optimistic,thats some big name studios mentioned there. What an utterly odd first screenshot to post though.

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 02:59 PM

Well, if anyone can capture the atmosphere of X-COM then I guess the people behind Bioshock aren't a bad choice.

This is clearly going to be an FPS though as they are aiming it Console as well as PC. My initial responce is one of disappointed Sceptism that it's not going to be a TBS type game. Then again, is it is a good job and works well then maybe we can look forward to that in the future.

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 03:18 PM

It's so sad!
XCOM is a round based strategy game, not a FPS. XCOM was/is one of the best games I have ever played.
What are they doing??? I just can't believe it.

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 03:20 PM

Personally, I think this new game could very well be a Bioshock / Rainbox Six: Vegas 2 kind of hybrid, using ability / stat strategy of Bioshock's for potential stat increase like in X-com 1 and 2 and for FPS strategy gameplay like Vegas 2
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Posted 14 April 2010 - 04:41 PM

I'd say give them a chance.  A lot of the 2k guys are self confessed X-Com fans and obviously they believe they can pull something off.

They know they're going to cause a stir by turing it into an FPS and re-booting the franchise but I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt until we actually see anything.

I have no doubt it'll be a great FPS with a highly immersive storyline, because that's what those guys do, but whether it's a X-Com game remains to be seen.

Still, not writing them off yet.  I can think of plenty of really cool things to see from an FPS perspective....like a Chyrssalid dragging a squad member off and promptly shivving him in true Chryssalid fashion...although I doubt they'll be in the game it's something I could dream of....and then have nightmares about.

At least I've got the Steam Pack to fall back on if it is a big dark gothy failure...man that first game just NEVER gets old.
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Posted 14 April 2010 - 06:12 PM

Well I'll be DAMNED... Now excuse me while I go and digest this all.

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 06:57 PM

Extremely nervous, esp about the "re-imagining" as BB mentioned...but still excited!
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Posted 14 April 2010 - 07:57 PM

Covers from the Official Xbox Magazine June issue (newsstand and subscriber special editions). On sale May 4th...

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The exclusive cover story takes you deep into XCOM’s first-person gameplay, backstory, and mysterious adventure elements with exclusive screenshots and details!


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Posted 14 April 2010 - 07:58 PM

I knew it the moment I woke up this morning that today was going to give me a sign of the End of Days and here, ladies and gentlemen, is it.
2K are desperate to stay in the 'big games' market (especially with the likes of EA churning out the death rattles of Bioware and Pandemic (R.I.P.) ) and therefore they have taken it upon themselves to send an e-mail to Cthulhu and Satan for an express delivery of fresh demon-spunk in order to melt the minds and standards of the gaming community.

And lo did the black squirrel be seen as far south as Lutton and cheese rain upon the sick and the broken...
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Posted 14 April 2010 - 08:02 PM

It's only X-Com by name, another crappy effort to milk down franchise, like Bethesda did with Fallout 3. Congratulations developers & publishers, another franchise raped for your own greed.

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 09:07 PM

I was hyped up about Alliance already, so I don't know why I would dislike this game by default. Can't wait. They better not screw it up.

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 09:27 PM

I love the internet. All we really know is what's on that site, and yet already people are having heart attacks. :)

I think I'll have to just ignore this thread for awhile, or find a way to filter that actual news from the hystriacs. :)

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 09:34 PM

View PostSunflash, on 14th April 2010, 9:27pm, said:

I love the internet. All we really know is what's on that site, and yet already people are having heart attacks.
I loved it also. Another crappy game in franchise which don't belong to the same genre like original ones, yet people are excited about it.

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 09:59 PM

I'm entirely split on this. Will it be good? Probably. Will it be X-COM? Maybe, if they try really hard to capture the same atmosphere as UFO Defense. I'd better find myself walking through the familiar dark corridors of an alien base to be ambushed by a Reaper or Chrysallid. I see what they're trying to do, but... at the same time, they've essentially said "We're removing all the game mechanics that made the originals popular. Oh and we're rebooting the story." "So why is this X-COM?" "...I'll get back to you on that."

The thing that urks me the most though is from the screenshot, and those magazine covers, this is obviously set in the 1940s or 50s, and I'm getting Bioshock meets X-COM vibes all over. Bioshock was based on 1950s sci-fi also. Considering it's made by the same people, I feel it's no coincidence that it almost seems like they're doing Bioshock 3 with a different backstory, if that makes sense. 2K Marin seems to be hung up on the 1950s style. If my beloved Heavy Plasma guns are replaced by cheesy, stereotypical 1950s rayguns, I won't be happy.

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 10:04 PM

View PostGuest_Exarch_*, on 14th April 2010, 9:59pm, said:

I'm entirely split on this. Will it be good? Probably. Will it be X-COM? Maybe, if they try really hard to capture the same atmosphere as UFO Defense. I'd better find myself walking through the familiar dark corridors of an alien base to be ambushed by a Reaper or Chrysallid. I see what they're trying to do, but... at the same time, they've essentially said "We're removing all the game mechanics that made the originals popular. Oh and we're rebooting the story." "So why is this X-COM?" "...I'll get back to you on that."

The thing that urks me the most though is from the screenshot, and those magazine covers, this is obviously set in the 1940s or 50s, and I'm getting Bioshock meets X-COM vibes all over. Bioshock was based on 1950s sci-fi also. Considering it's made by the same people, I feel it's no coincidence that it almost seems like they're doing Bioshock 3 with a different backstory, if that makes sense. 2K Marin seems to be hung up on the 1950s style. If my beloved Heavy Plasma guns are replaced by cheesy, stereotypical 1950s rayguns, I won't be happy.

Sorry for the double post, but I just remembered my log in and wanted to add something. >.>

I think the saving grace for this as opposed to something like Fallout 3 or C&C4 is that it's not claiming to be a direct sequel. This is not X-COM 4. It's a side story, and I'm all for franchises splitting off into different genres. But it's yet to be seen if the style is going to be so radically different that it's not even recognizable anymore. I'm skeptical, certainly, but I'll wait to see some actual aliens and not an obviously early Alpha screenshot of a flat-shaded, untextured UFO blowing up some poor fool.

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 10:19 PM

The setting is part of the problem. It's set in the 50s or 60s, but X-COM was formed in 1998. As such, I do not see what the game has to do with X-COM in the first place.




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