Developer 2K Marin is currently in the process of adapting the XCOM series into a third-person action game. That has the franchise’s fans worrying that tactics will take a backseat to run-and-gun shooter gameplay.
That’s not the case, as The Bureau: XCOM Declassified creative director Morgan Gray explained to GamesBeat in April.
“It’s pretty much classic X-Com,” said Gray. “But we wanted to move it away from the classic isometric god-view mechanics of the previous games. We wondered what it would be like to be the guys in the battlefield.”
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Now, 2K Marin is showing off the game’s more thoughtful, tactical side in a new trailer starring The Bureau’s Battle Focus mechanic:
Battle Focus enables players to slow down the action, assess the situation, and enact commands and strategies in a gun fight. It looks similar to the turn-based interface that developer Firaxis used in 2012’s XCOM: Enemy Unknown, only The Bureau reverts to real-time gameplay once the player exits Battle Focus.
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is due out for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on Aug. 20.