XCOM FPS Might Now Be Third Person

Well well, it seems we might now know why the upcoming FPS reimagining of XCOM has been delayed to sometime in 2013. A Kotaku reader has sent them a few screenshots purporting to be from the game, and they indicate the game may have been redesigned from the ground up as a third person shooter.

The screenshots – that’s one of them up top – come from a market research survey that reveals a few details about the game. According to their source, the 1960s setting is still a go, and it’s still going to be a prequel, but now it’s envisioned as a squad-based shooter. The survey also suggests that they’re going bargain basement for this thing. It’s described as an Xbox and PS3 title only, with no PC version. One question also suggests it’ll be a $30 download rather than a AAA release.

Of course, this could simply be a testing of the waters to determine which type of game players would more likely purchase. However, if it has indeed been given such an extensive makeover, we can probably count on that 2013 delay to convert to 2014 before much longer; unless, of course, the cheapness implied in the survey pans out. For its part, 2K said “We have not made any new announcements regarding the XCOM title currently in development at 2K Marin, and it is our policy not to comment on rumors or speculation.” Which isn’t a denial at all.

Here’s another screenshot from the survey. Head over to Kotaku for the full set.

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2 Comments on XCOM FPS Might Now Be Third Person

LTenhet

On October 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Oh boy, GEARS OF XCOM.

Kevin

On October 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Gosh that’s cringe-worthy if that’s any bit true. Just seeing those screen shots makes me cringe.