Oh, thank God. When 2K Marin’s XCOM sixties-era tactical shooter was unveiled in 2010, it had all of us X-COM fans in a tizzy. Here was this game with weird tar-like or geometry-based aliens (or both?) involving parallel dimensions and other madness masquerading as a reimagination of the classic franchise. Our classic franchise. Well, if these newly-registered domains are any indication, 2K may have just made the smartest decision of the year.
XCOM‘s development has been a troubled affair. It went almost completely radio silent until E3 2011 after it had been silently rebooted, not for the first time, we understand. They made a lot of noise then, but again fell silent, never to be seen again. Now three years since the dramatic reveal, it’s been suggested that 2K is rebranding the shooter as The Bureau, which makes so much sense, I can’t even translate it into text. Imagine how annoying it was when it was just a few of us X-COM fans ribbing 2K about the XCOM name, now imagine what happens when millions of new XCOM: Enemy Unknown fans, now also in the firm guidance of its progenitor, see this crazy game and wonder why it’s also called XCOM. It’d be a nightmare.
Well, a nightmare that 2K now looks like they get to sleep right through. I’ve reached out to 2K for comment and will report back when I get something.