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BioShock 2 creators to resurrect XCOM

As strategic FPS for PC and Xbox 360.

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2K Marin, the studio behind BioShock 2, is setting its sights on classic series X-COM.

They're keeping the capitalisation but dropping the hyphen for the new instalment, which is thus titled XCOM. According to 2K it "combines the strategic core of the groundbreaking franchise with a suspense-filled narrative and distills it with a tense and unique first-person shooter experience".

As confirmed by extensive research on wikipedia, the first X-COM game was released in 1993 and was all about strategy. Two sequels followed, along with a fourth game which placed more of an emphasis on action.

2K's offering will put in in the role of an FBI agent who must identify and eliminate a growing alien threat. You'll be expected to overcome tough odds by taking strategic risks and enjoying "heart-stopping combat experiences that pit human ingenuity - and frailty - against a foe beyond comprehension". The game's first-person perspective is designed to increase the level of tension and fear.

"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 2K president Christoph Hartmann.

"Players will explore the world of XCOM from an immersive new perspective and experience first-hand the fear and tension of this gripping narrative ride."

XCOM is in development for PC and Xbox 360. There's no word on a release date yet.

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