Hold on to your horses folks, this could all be a big baloney sausage, but a particular Korean Ratings Board may have unwittingly leaked the title of one XCOM: Enemy Within. A particularly ambitious venture, as The Bureau hasn’t even come out yet, but it might be possible that due to the significant success of Enemy Unknown, 2K feels like they’re on a roll.
I loved XCOM, and two of the biggest reasons were because it didn’t have a huge budget and it proved that a remake/reboot of a popular old franchise didn’t necessarily have to be a boring old first person COD clone.
I must stress once more that this is ALL speculation at this point. Until 2K says so themselves, there is no such thing as XCOM: Enemy Within. It’s basically a figment of our collective imaginations.
Enemy Unknown came out back in March of this year and was in instant hit. It received average scores of 90% all over and was universally praised for its very high levels of difficulty, replayability, and addictiveness.
The game is a turn based, top-down strategy game in which you control an elite unit of soldiers and need to eliminate enemy forces from the map. If you lose a soldier you lose him for good and all of his training, upgrades and equipment go with him.
Another game in the XCOM series – called The Bureau – is being developed at 2K Marin and ties into the same XCOM universe. This game however, is a tactical first person shooter that utilizes cover mechanics and on-the-fly squad commands to make battles more strategic.
The game was revealed in June 2010 and since then it has been repeatedly delayed and changed. In April 2013, it was rebranded as The Bureau: XCOM Declassified.