We are at war, and not the one we were expecting. Our combined military forces have been routed. The comms have gone dark. The red phone will not be ringing. We now face an opponent from beyond our world, and they have technology decades beyond what we possess -- we must make it our own. Their weapons will become our weapons, and when they do, we shall annihilate them. You now have new orders -- survive, adapt, win.
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified The Interrogation Trailer (HD) 25.47MB - 53 downloads - 3 August, 2013
Special Agent Carter uses any means necessary to get the truth from an unknown enemy. Will he get the information in time or will it be too late? The Bureau is a covert organization standing as the first and only defense against otherworldly threats. From the shadows, the Bureau guards the world, protects humanity and erases the truth.
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Developer Diary - The Narrative (HD) 82.72MB - 40 downloads - 3 August, 2013
2K Marin offer some behind-the-scenes insight into the development of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. Here, the team discusses the narrative and how it helps build an engaging action shooter. #EraseTheTruth
Special Agent Carter has been carefully selected by The Bureau due to his keen sense of battlefield tactics. It's not long before he realizes that being a bad battlefield commander isn't without consequences.
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Agent Ennis Cole: The Decision Trailer (HD) 34.58MB - 404 downloads - 25 July, 2013
With 51% of the votes, fans have decided by an incredibly narrow margin to have Agent Ennis Cole grab the bottle instead of the gun. Watch how Agent Ennis Cole (Dominic Monaghan) deals with the aftermath and loss of the first Pima Incident.
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Agent Ennis Cole: The Choice Trailer (HD) 20.22MB - 62 downloads - 24 July, 2013
Agent Ennis Cole (Dominic Monaghan, star of Lord of the Rings and Lost) is faced with a choice in the aftermath from the first Pima Incident. Tweet #GrabTheGun or #GrabTheBottle by 7/24/13 to decide his fate.
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Call The Shots Trailer (HD) 83.13MB - 78 downloads - 27 June, 2013
The Bureau is a squad-based tactical shooter that challenges players to customize agents, create tactical game plans and execute them in real-time using an interface called "Battle Focus." As demonstrated in this video, the Battle Focus interface, combined with the player's own tactical thinking, makes it entirely possible to win engagements without the player ever firing a shot of their own.
Dispatched to Rosemont, Georgia on a classified mission, Special Agent William Carter and his squad of Bureau agents must use calculated team tactics to overcome an overwhelming unknown threat and conceal the incident from public view.
So we've been flying under the radar with XCOM, for about a year -- and felt that it was about time to put together a little video update in order to lift the curtain on the reasons why.
2K Marin had just finished working on BioShock 2, and that game will always be deep in our DNA -- but our first crack at adapting XCOM to a more personal, real-time experience was way too much within our creative 'comfort zone'. It was kind of a run-and-gun affair, without a lot of focus on the command of your squad, or indeed on tactical play itself.
Candidly, it just wasn't "XCOM" enough for the hardcore fans of the original games at 2K Marin, who serve as our creative conscience. So over the past year, we've made some pretty aggressive design changes, in pursuit of the feelings that we experienced when we played the original games. I'll cover those in the video itself, but a quick note about story:
Narratively, XCOM is an all-new origin story in its own timeline; a deliberate reimagining along the lines of something like Battlestar: Galactica or Batman Begins. What that means in practical terms is that while we take narrative inspiration from the original games, we have also deviated in a couple of key ways. For example, our game is set in 1962 within the continental United States -- at the moment the XCOM organization is formed.
We wanted to tell the story of the first man on the ground -- exaggerating cold-war fears about invasion from within -- via this alien threat for which there is no precedent. And we felt the best way to express that kind of intimate take on the XCOM universe is from that character's perspective: limited information, overwhelming odds, and direct personal involvement.
In our XCOM, you play William Carter, Special Agent in Charge of field operations at XCOM. So as you start up the video, I'd like you to slip into his shoes as he reviews a piece of evidence which was discovered somewhere out there in mid-century America.
Hope you dig it -- there's a whole lot more to come.
- Jordan Thomas