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  • Blog Post: Rewriting History

    Like its secret agents, The Bureau has gone through a number of identities over many years of development before settling into its current form. All that change has resulted in a game full of interesting ideas – but not all of them are successfully implemented. This prequel to the XCOM story promises... More
  • Blog Post: Director Henry Hobson And Dominic Monaghan On The Burn Room Series

    In a media-only webcast yesterday, 2K Games gave us a chance to hear from actor Dominic Monaghan and director Henry Hobson, the two minds behind The Bureau: XCOM Declassified's Burn Room live action series. There is more depth in these shorts than anyone could have imagined. We also got a look at... More
  • Blog Post: The Truth Is Erased In The Final Live Action Trailer

    The Burn Room series wraps up today in the final live action trailer for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified . You'll learn that the beginning is really the end as agents erase Pima, New Mexico following the incident. A couple of things to look out for. We finally get a look at what Agent Carter is interrogating... More
  • Blog Post: Creepy, Period Perfect Art

    The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is less than two weeks away. As the release nears, the team at 2K Marin has opened up a bit more about the long road the game has taken. In the latest developer diary , we learn how the art evolved to capture the essence of the XCOM franchise while also staying true the... More
  • Blog Post: Learn More About The Evolution Of William Carter's Story

    In the latest developer diary for The Bureau: XCOM Declassfied , lead narrative designer Erik Caponi talks about the title's world and characters. This latest evolution of the XCOM franchise is more than a third-person alien-hunting expedition, it's a character-driven adventure. While the perspective... More
  • Blog Post: The Hungover X Website Is An Official Spoof

    2K Games is keeping us on our toes, juxtaposing The Bureau's intense Burn Room trailer series with comical items like last week's YOLO permadeath video . Over the weekend, we reported on a mysterious website called Hungover X. Now we know that it's a funny spoof of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified... More
  • Blog Post: Agent Carter Interrogates An Outsider In Latest Trailer

    Things are heating up for Agent Carter and his team of Bureau agents. When last we left them, Agent Ennis Cole had stumbled into a trap and is, seemingly, deceased. Carter isn't too happy about that. In the trailer below, you'll see him beat the everlovin' crud out of someone (or something... More
  • Blog Post: 2K Shows Off The Lighter Side Of Permadeath

    In a departure from the dark, mysterious tone of previous trailers, 2K Games is having a little fun with The Bureau: XCOM Declassified's permadeath feature. The Agent Carter featured in the video below isn't terribly good at his job. Watch as our hero sends his friends to their varied and excruciating... More
  • Blog Post: Latest Trailer Sees Agent Cole On The Hunt

    You've been to the Burn Room , you were there for the start of the Pima incident, you made the decision , and you witnessed the outcome . Now, Agent Ennis Cole, with nothing to lose, is on the hunt for an Outsider. In this latest trailer for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified , see Dominic Monaghan (The... More
  • Blog Post: See What XCOM Fans Decided Agent Cole Will Do In Latest Trailer

    A few days ago, 2K Games asked XCOM fans to make an important decision. In the latest set of live trailers, Bureau Agent Ennis Cole (played by Dominic Monaghan) is distraught after a personal tragedy. It was up to you whether he grabs a gun or a bottle. With a narrow majority of 51 percent, Cole grabs... More
  • Blog Post: Outsiders Invade Pima, New Mexico In Latest Trailer

    2K Games and its 2K Marin studio have heard the cries of fans clamoring for more back story for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified . After the success of The Burn Room, 2K Games has decided to flesh out the story of an alien attack on Pima, New Mexico. In the first in a multi-part series, you'll see life... More
  • Blog Post: Did You Find All Of The Burn Room Trailer's Easter Eggs?

    Earlier today, we shared news that a series of live action trailers for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified will begin tomorrow. Before you watch the first video in the morning, why not revisit the Burn Room? The trailer received huge fan response, which prompted 2K to invest in more backstory and expand the... More
  • Blog Post: Developers Open Up About The 1960s, Tactical Shooting, And Permadeath

    We've been devoting a lot of coverage to The Bureau: XCOM Declassified , and for good reason. What started as a seemingly generic first-person shooter has blossomed into an enjoyable third-person adaptation of XCOM's traditional, challenging strategic play. In addition to our tease and contest... More
  • Blog Post: The First Hours Grabbed Our Attention And Should Have Yours

    I've made no secret of my anticipation for 2K Marin's The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. Speaking with members of the team, including lead narrative designer Erik Caponi , and playing a sample level both served to turn my skepticism into a belief that would rival The X-Files' Fox Mulder. One... More
  • Blog Post: Learn How To Delegate In Latest Trailer

    2K Games didn't have a booth at E3 2013, despite huge banners on buildings close to the Los Angeles Convention Center. It's a shame that more people didn't get a chance for hands-on time with the intriguing The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, because as you'll see, it's not your average... More
  • Blog Post: Battle Focus Is Your Best Weapon

    Now that E3 is over and the next-gen party has wound down just a bit, it's time to remember that there are still exciting games coming for the hardware we already own. One of those is 2K Games' The Bureau: XCOM Declassfied. When we had hands-on time with it a few weeks ago, we noted that the... More
  • Blog Post: The Same Tense, Tactical XCOM Feel From A New Perspective

    In a way, we have the Russians to thank for our survival. We expected it would be the Commies who would be trying to march through New York and Washington. We never would have guessed the invaders would be coming from much further away. The year is 1962. John F. Kennedy is president of the United States... More
  • Blog Post: XCOM Developer Diary Number One

    2K Games just released a new video developer diary for XCOM, the intense sci-fi thriller being developed by 2K Marin. In this developer diary, the team talks about the origins of XCOM and takes a behind-the-scenes look at the series re-imagined story before giving us a peak behind the doors at the top... More
  • Blog Post: Watch The Full E3 Demo

    You may have already read Joe's write-up of the XCOM E3 demo, but now you can see the full thing for yourself. 2K has released the full 20-minute video of the E3 demo for its upcoming shooter revival of the strategy series. See for yourself how the team at 2K Marin is balancing action and intrigue... More
  • Blog Post: Now With Less Black Goo

    When XCOM was shown at last year's E3 , the main enemies appeared to be alien blobs of black fluid. Now, it appears that developer 2K Marin is focusing more on humanoid foes. In the demo at 2K Games' E3 booth, I saw agent William Carter taking down aliens with actual arms and legs. They aren't... More
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