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XCOM remake officially announced

XCOM remake officially announced

2K Games officially announced today it is working on a new XCOM game and that it'll be an FPS.

2K Games has officially announced today that the 2K Marin Studio, who most recently worked on BioShock 2, is now working on a new XCOM game.

The long-running X-COM series started in 1993 and was originally developed by UK-based Mythos Games. There were four games in the series and the first three are often remembered as some of the best titles from the period for their tactical gameplay that tasked players with maintaining a team of soldiers and using them to fight aliens.

2K Marin hasn't released many details about the project just yet, but has confirmed that the game will be played from the FPS perspective, eschewing the isometric viewpoint of previous games. That means it will probably be in real-time too, rather than the old-style turn-based - though the official press release promise there'll still be a strategic element to the gameplay.

The plot of the new game will put players in the shoes of an FBI agent who has to identify and eliminate a new threat.

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.

The new official XCOM website has a few bits of concept art which imply a minimalist look for the game, as well as an update to the series name; it's changed from X-COM to just XCOM.

Check our BioShock 2 review for more info on 2K Marin's latest release, then let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Gizmo1990 14th April 2010, 12:14 Quote
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear...
whisperwolf 14th April 2010, 12:40 Quote
XCOM remake officially announced - YAY!
Will be a first-person shooter - BOOOOOOO!!
Trefarm 14th April 2010, 12:53 Quote
“Players will explore the world of XCOM from an immersive new perspective and experience firsthand the fear and tension of this gripping narrative ride.”...
Aliens invading earth is not a gripping narrative ride... a FPS is not a "new perspective"... what made X-COM great was the game itself not the rubbish background story... So 2K are taking said rubbish story and making a generic FPS... sounds wack.

The fact that someone, somewhere gets paid a wage to churn out this marketing wonk speak fills me with dispair...
xxalxx 14th April 2010, 13:02 Quote
Title needs changiing to "Sh*te XCOM remake officially announced"
Pete J 14th April 2010, 13:12 Quote
Oh dear...

X-COM's sequels aren't exactly known for living up to the original's success.
azrael- 14th April 2010, 13:26 Quote
And by "XCOM" you really mean "UFO: Enemy Unknown"... :)
Artanix 14th April 2010, 13:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by azrael-
And by "XCOM" you really mean "UFO: Enemy Unknown"... :)

it was renamed to X-COM Defence to fall in line with the rest of the titles... but really, did they not learn their lesson with enforcer and the other crap one? lol
Xir 14th April 2010, 13:43 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by azrael-
And by "XCOM" you really mean "UFO: Enemy Unknown"... :)


Aahhh, now that rings a bell :D
Pete J 14th April 2010, 13:57 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by azrael-
And by "XCOM" you really mean "UFO: Enemy Unknown"... :)
True :D
impar 14th April 2010, 14:00 Quote
Greetings!

Am I the only one that enjoyed TftD more than EU?
billyonenut 14th April 2010, 14:16 Quote
yes. Tftd was not as fun for me. weapons were better as well. heavy plasmas being the best!.

but why the fps. that truly sucks
Yemerich 14th April 2010, 14:34 Quote
And yet another great game that will loose its personality...
Why the hell they urge to destroy a game by turning what make them unique to something that every other game has??

It's not the PC games that are dying, it is the game creativity that is dying...
Skiddywinks 14th April 2010, 14:34 Quote
Not after having played EU, since TftD was basically EU but underwater and with different skins for eveyrthing.

Personally, I thought Apocolypse was the best.
Unknownsock 14th April 2010, 15:10 Quote
I'm just sick of FPS's nowadays, there all exacly the same bar several changes.

Give us something innovative other than the story and ill be happy.
CardJoe 14th April 2010, 15:17 Quote
Hopefully this will just end up as SWAT 4, but with Aliens. Anything else, I can't see working.
jsheff 14th April 2010, 15:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
Hopefully this will just end up as SWAT 4, but with Aliens. Anything else, I can't see working.

This. But including the base-building, research, etc from Apocalypse. Haven't enjoyed an X-Com game since Apocalypse. And impar, I also enjoyed Terror from the Deep more than Enemy Unknown, but i think that's maybe because I played TftD before EU.
B1ackbeard 14th April 2010, 16:25 Quote
I recently finished playing through a faithful conversion of UFO for Pocket PC, for some retro fun. Still an awesome game :)

Not sure about an XCOM fps, but will keep an open mind about it. I quite like the idea of downing a UFO in a dogfight and then assaulting the crashed ship in squad-fps style, but I doubt it will be as good as that sounds.
impar 14th April 2010, 17:42 Quote
Greetings!
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Originally Posted by Skiddywinks
Not after having played EU, since TftD was basically EU but underwater and with different skins for eveyrthing.
You could open doors in TftD...
dire_wolf 14th April 2010, 19:21 Quote
It might work, X-Com: Enforcer was not a bad game if you let it's flaws slip through unnoticed. Would be nice to see a technically recent isometric style game based on the earlier games in the series.
airchie 14th April 2010, 21:07 Quote
My first impression were "FPS??? WTF!?!?!?!?"
But, if they had announced a remake in isometric view with a new story, I'd hardly be drooling at the prospect either.

I'm going to keep an open mind about this until I see more.
Having a co-op where you and a friend jointly assault downed UFOs or infiltrated buildings sounds cool.
Doing it with a stealth option like splinter cell also sounds pretty groovy.
These games always end up with a squad of your guys in awesome(tm) armour with BFGs(tm) blowing away the entire building along with any alien threat.
Getting up close and chibbing an alien in the back sounds like a good laugh if nothing else.

There's quite a few unique options open if they think about it, and don't just churn out another FPS with new alien skins on the models. :)
Star*Dagger 14th April 2010, 21:28 Quote
Another example of Suits and MBAs being stupid!

All one would have to do is reskin the old game, X-Com, and you would have a huge hit. If they actually put some thought into it and improved the story (after Mars goto the aliens homeworld(s)) it would be game of the year.
Alos, isometric and 3-d are not mutually exclusive, they could have a 3d engine with presets that put you in the tradition 3/4s view, but also allowed you to change your point of view with the mouse.

I wonder how much the lobotomy adds to the cost of an MBA.

X-Com is still one of my favorite games of all time. The seamless merging of Tactics and Strategy and one affecting the other is still one of the best in all of PC Gaming history.

Yours in remembering 1995,
Star*Dagger
CowBlazed 14th April 2010, 22:26 Quote
First person shooter, they really thought long and hard about this one,
johnnyboy700 14th April 2010, 22:49 Quote
The tried making an X-Com fps waaay back but it got canned, can't recall whether it was due to lack of progress, withdrawal of funding or if the simply couldn't get it to work as a game.
I remember seeing some sample screen shots as it was in development and it did look interesting and allowed you to jump into any member of your squad as you played along.
impar 16th April 2010, 12:49 Quote
Greetings!

Xenonauts:
http://www.xenonauts.com/
Darth Joules 16th April 2010, 13:05 Quote
By "they" if you mean a certain UK games developer that now no longer exists, it was a spiritual successor rather than a franchise sequel, but it got canned because the company got canned.

I can't see an X-Com FPS working. X-Com Enforcer was a turkey IMHO (and critically) that jumped on the FPS bandwagon way back then and this is another shallow attempt. A tactical/stratergy third person squad based game with elements of the original's research/base management would have piqued my interest. I have a horrible feeling that this will turn out along the lines of a Men In Black FPS.

For those who need a new X-Com fix, though the original (EU) and TFTD are still a blast, should keep an eye on UFO 2 Extraterrestrials. The UFO After series are quite forgettable and rather rubbish, but UFO Extraterrestials is also worth a look at too so long as you use the Bman "Ease of Use" mod which both improves the game and brings it closer to a "X-Com like" experience.

That and what impar just posted a link to.
vandigeth 3rd May 2010, 16:51 Quote
this is a load of horsedung...

they better not screw this up.. after interceptor and enforcer i had completely lost faith of ever seeing another addition to the xcom series...

The last FPS I bought was Half-Life 1 the day it was released if that gives you any idea.... even this game, I'll wait until it's in the $10 bin on Steam or something.
impar 13th July 2010, 12:21 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
A Grey Of Light: UFO: The Two Sides Beta

That looks familiar, you may think. And you’ll think right. It’s UFO: The Two Sides which is a freeware fan-remake of X-COM/UFO which has just entered the open Beta stage. And having a few quick missions, it’s an impressively complete thing. The big change is that when it’s complete, you’ll be able to play the aliens rather than the humans. At the moment, it’s more conceptual – you select aliens, but there’s no Human AI (Which you could take as a particularly sharp piece of commentary on humanity’s nature, if you wished) though you can play the two-player with one person as aliens and one person as humans.
kingjohn 13th August 2010, 16:49 Quote
x-com the enemy notknown or even have any idea of its secret hide-outs , so this must be xcom v alkiieda or mr bin-laid-off and in my secret hiding hole in the mountains of pakistan or its swamps and lakes . its nice to know that the american army has used this flooding to move its troops into northern pakistan , dont the yanks know that pakistan has nukes .
kingjohn 13th August 2010, 17:05 Quote
i think it could be a great game if it was mission based like ET enemy territory, multi-player could go like this, the american pres has been kidnaped and your team has to go after the kidnapers , but your mission is not to save the pres but blow his head off , they could also do the same plot for the uk and most of the eu nations, thats the kind of game i would play ,kill the pres fun for all, but not for the pres or prime ministers .
RaduAndrei 28th August 2010, 20:52 Quote
I WISH 2K Games and 2K Marin Studio to be BLESS by GOD .... and I hope this new game will be in the same way were X-com ufo defence (ufo enemy unknown) and X-com terror from the deep but with modern graphics ... this two games was the greatest games I ever played , now I have 28 years, and finished them for the last time at 26 years. GOOD LUCK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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