XCOM shooter rebranded as The Bureau, arrives in August

Newly titled and rebranded, the XCOM shooter is now called The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. Live-action trailer and screenshots inside.

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The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
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We first got a taste of the XCOM shooter back in 2010 and even got to see it in action at E3 2011. Unfortunately, the game got delayed numerous times and eventually went dark. In fact, it got lapped by XCOM: Enemy Unknown -- its turn-based-strategy counterpart -- which turned out to be one of 2012's best titles of the year.

2K Games is ready to lift the curtain on XCOM once again, complete with a live-action trailer, a trio of screenshots, and best of all a release date. Newly titled and packaged, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is set to hit consoles and PC on August 20, 2013.

The accompanying live-action trailer feels like a cross between the second season of "American Horror Story" and "Mad Men." Judging from what I've seen in the past and this new teaser, players will take on the role of a secret government agency tasked with battling an alien invasion that manifests itself in unique geometric shapes. The game had first been shown off as a tactical first-person-shooter, and I'd imagine that will stay intact.

Update: 4/26/13, 10:45 A.M. Nope, I was wrong. 2K has reached out to tell me The Bureau is now a third-person shooter. A change in perspective "to better allow the player to think and act tactically."

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