New XCOM revealed by OXM! First screen inside

Time to lay those internet rumors to rest! The June 2010 issue of Official Xbox Magazine gets the drop and reveals the look and direction for 2K Marin’s brand-new shooter, XCOM, a re-imagined take on the long-running, sci-fi X-COM series that first debuted on PCs back in 1994. The exclusive cover story takes you deep into XCOM’s first-person gameplay, backstory, and mysterious adventure elements with exclusive screenshots and details!

Also inside the upcoming June 2010 OXM, we pull the curtains back on a rather, ahem, surprising new feature in the upcoming RPG, Fable III, review Capcom’s Lost Planet 2, and more!

There will be two different versions of the June 2010 issue cover: one that is unique to subscribers, and another that is exclusive to newsstands. Both are showcased here. Subscribers, keep an eye out on your mailboxes. Issues should be arriving over the next few weeks!

Above: The unique cover that’s on its way to OXM's super special subscribers

Above: The June 2010 issue of OXM goes on sale May 4. This is the cover that will be exclusive to newsstands

Above: A shot of X-COM: UFO Defense, published by MicroProse in 1994. We're looking forward to seeing where 2K takes the series

Above: A sneak peak at the new direction for the classic sci-fi strategy game

[*Note: In the June issue, OXM refers to the development studio behind XCOM as 2K Australia. They are now known as the Canberra, Australia arm of 2K Marin.]

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  • Samael - April 15, 2010 2:34 a.m.

    I never played the original X-COM, but if I had, I think I'd be pretty pissed about this. It's like if the next Age of Empires game was a third-person God of War clone. It sounds like a drastic and dumb change.
  • TURbo - April 15, 2010 12:08 a.m. Well I did have a fun time as an 13 year old playing Renegade Played the single player like 6 times through, but I hated the escort mission the older I got. @Ranivus I think you mean X-COM Apocalypse. X-Com Terror from the Deep played exactly like X-COM UFO Defense, only it was underwater. The menus and layout was the exact same. I liked the original X-COM for great squad tactical turn based strategy game, and also had good elements of building and managing your bases all over the world, and having researchers, engineers to access and manufacture new technology. I also like the Geoscape where you saw the whole world, and a new Geoscape with real time weather patterns and more locations to fight aliens is a lot more interesting to me than a linear first person shooter. There is already tons of solid FPSes but not that many good Turn based strategy games with resource management. The reason I still play X-COM to this day is because there hasn't been multiple games in that genre that made it obsolete. I just told my dad about the new X-COM game today, and he wasn't to thrilled.
  • ranivus - April 14, 2010 8:46 p.m.

    Who the fuck played this ono PS1?? Horrible. Well anyways, the 3 series that i will always play for decades are, Fallout, Syndicate Wars, and X-Com. Actually have those games loaded on my netbook. I didn't like when Terror From the Deep started doing "real time" and i didn't like the first person shooter of Enforcer, but ill support this new x-com like i have all the other ones. And it was all thanks to 2k Marin that all the other games got 'revived' and up for sale d2d
  • Spacegrass - April 14, 2010 3:38 p.m.

    I was excited until I saw that it was a shooter; that sure didn't take long. I miss turn-based strategy, but I'll never get to play one again. I do like the picture of Clark Kent getting disintegrated though.
  • - April 14, 2010 1:34 p.m.

    @TURbo Haha shitty as it was, Renegade was one of my guilty pleasures =P Anyway, call me a cynic but I can't help seeing this just being another case of Alone in the Dark. Updating the old franchise is fine and dandy, but just make sure you know what your doing...
  • TURbo - April 14, 2010 12:10 p.m.

    X-COM UFO Defense is one of my most favorite games, and they are ruining it with an FPS. This is like Command and Conquer Renegade.
  • Rhymenocerous - April 14, 2010 11:59 a.m.

    X-Com is one of my favourite games for the original Playstation, so why the hell is this a xbox exclusive? Please just be timed...Also, please don't just be a shooter.
  • Tobli - April 14, 2010 10:23 a.m.

    1. Too many shooters... Why can't more devs read beyond page one in the genre diversity 101 manual? 2. This is a disgrace to the Xcom lineage.
  • KrubKrum - April 14, 2010 7:51 a.m.

    That sounds pretty cool, I cant wait for more info about it.
  • allthegoodnameswheretaken - April 14, 2010 7:19 a.m.

    Way too expensive over here
  • Cwf2008 - April 14, 2010 4:59 a.m.

    Huh that outta be interesting...especially the Fable 3 stuff

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