XCOM reboot delayed until after March 2012

Met with mixed reactions upon its reveal, the first-person shooter reimagining of strategy classic XCOM has traveled quite a bumpy road. After a not so great showing during E3 2010, it bounced back this year, looking good at E3 2011 and it had a set release date of March 6, 2012. Now the 1950s shooter has hit another bump as that March 6 release has disappeared and its publishing plans are less clear than before.

Above: Don't trust that release date at the end

Buried near the bottom of publisher Take-Two’s quarterly financial report was this short and not-so-sweet news piece, “2K Games now expects to release XCOM during fiscal 2013.” Take-Two’s fiscal 2013 begins after March 31, so XCOM could come out as early as next April with a simple one month delay, or it could come out as late as March 31, 2013. Last month there were rumors of layoffs at XCOM's studio, so this makes things look even worse for the reboot. But we’ll try to stay positive and hope that the extra development time will improve it. Remember, BioShock 2 suffered a similar delay and turned out great anyway.


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  • Darkhawk - November 9, 2011 10:10 a.m.

    You know what IS still set for March 6 2012? Mass Effect 3 woot woot woot woot!
  • Rhymenocerous - November 9, 2011 8:31 a.m.

    Hopefully they use this extra time to include the original XCOM on the disc... with trophies/achievements. That would be oh so very awesome.
  • NotBraze - November 8, 2011 6:37 p.m.

    This is a very good call on 2K's part. Even if there's no development reason for delaying the game, releasing on the same day as Mass Effect 3 is marketing suicide. I expect this won't be a very long delay, but any delay is good at this point.
  • R-ape - November 8, 2011 5:33 p.m.

    Meh. I'd say take all the time you need. It'll be worth the wait for me. I love me some fps with a leveling system in it.
  • Redeater - November 8, 2011 5:06 p.m.

    I'm actually really excited for this game. I loved Bioshock 2 and hope that lightning strikes twice.
  • thelazymackenzie - November 8, 2011 3:46 p.m.


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