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2K Games has pulled down its official content for the long-delayed XCOM shooter, and is refusing comment about the absence.

All videos of the Cold War-era reboot were stricken from 2K Games' YouTube channel, and the promotional site which used to harbor information for both the shooter and XCOM: Enemy Unknown now redirects solely to the latter, as first reported by Digital Trends--you can still see the videos and other content on GamesRadar and elsewhere, of course.

XCOM was revealed in 2010. Since then it has suffered delay after delay. It has been revamped at least once in its developer transition from 2K Australia to 2K Marin, and may even be more of a a tactical third-person shooter at this point.

That is, if 2K Games hasn't just shelved the project by now.

But a March report by Kotaku indicates it may be in for a rebranding, to distance the troubled shooter from its beloved strategy cousin. Take-Two Interactive domain registrations for thebureau-game.com, thebureau-game.net, and whathappenedin62.com are likely intended for ex-XCOM, which we already know takes place in 1962 and stars government agents.

A cover-up operation does seem appropriate, given the source material.

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5 comments

  • Friedrice - April 15, 2013 6:44 p.m.

    I really like these "period FPS's" we've been getting, namely Bioshock; Dishonored is a small way. Interesting that it was initially being developed by Irrational games, but then got passed on down the 2K pipeline. I wasn't familiar with X-Com before this so I simply thought it was a cool-looking game with an amazing cold-war atmosphere. I didn't understand the hubbub over it being called X-Com nor heard anything of the uproar. Why can't a franchise be 2 different genres? Everyone seems to love an 8 or 16-bit era rendering of modern games. That being said, I understand people being touchy with beloved titles.
  • zymn - April 15, 2013 1:19 p.m.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I have been waiting for this game for TWO FRIGGIN YEARS!! ): It looked so badass!
  • bass88 - April 15, 2013 2:34 p.m.

    It's not going away. It's just getting a title change.
  • Bloodstorm - April 15, 2013 10:03 a.m.

    I thought the game looked interesting, but when I went and looked at the other XCom games, it definitely didn't fit the name. I didn't quite care because I had never played the series before, but still, why are publishers so afraid of new franchises instead of taking on the name of some older franchise to try and give it recognition.
  • yasmarc - April 15, 2013 8:42 a.m.

    This, this is a good thing. It would be like a Civilization FPS...pointless.

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