XCOM to land in 2011, Mafia II tops 2K E3 lineup

Take-Two confirms 2K Marin FPS reboot of classic turn-based strategy franchise will arrive for PC, 360 next year; Spec Ops, Civ V also on expo docket.

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As part of its stellar second-quarter earnings report yesterday, Take-Two offered a brief glimpse at its plans for the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo, which kicks off next week. Though the publisher does not expect to have anything on hand from its acclaimed Rockstar subsidiary, Take-Two did say it would be showing off a number of games recently announced by its 2K Games label, including 2K Marin's XCOM.

Earth will come under assault in 2011.

Today, the publisher offered a more comprehensive look at its E3 lineup, and along with it, Take-Two attached a broad release window for the aforementioned XCOM. Previously lacking any form of release plans, the publisher said today that XCOM is now expected to arrive for the Xbox 360 and PC in 2011.

Billed as a "reimagining" of the revered turn-based strategy franchise that began with Culture Brain's 1993 hit, 2K Marin's XCOM transitions the series to the first-person shooter genre. Though details are still slim, players will take the role of an FBI agent whose job is to identify and eliminate an unknown extraterrestrial threat.

Mafia II, which will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on August 24, will also be on hand at this year's show. The publisher's E3 lineup also includes Firaxis' Civilization V and Yager's Spec Ops: The Line, as well as 2K Sports titles NBA 2K11 and NHL 2K11.

One title not party to Take-Two's E3 lineup is Rockstar Vancouver's Max Payne 3. Yesterday, the publisher said that Max Payne 3 had been pushed out of its current fiscal year, which ends October 31. Notably, as part of a post-earnings conference call, an executive would not commit to releasing the shooter during Take-Two's following fiscal year, either.

Discussion

59 comments
thespartaan
thespartaan

mafia 2 is my best must-buy game after god of war 3

Visitor_basic
Visitor_basic

I think 2K at Marin with the XCOM FPS, you should be able to sell if off planet to another spacealien species that are not human. Good Luck with that, because you won't be selling it to me, and I am human.

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

We need XCom as an FPS why? What a craptastic idea. If they want to take a Mass Effect approach to the XCom idea that might be acceptable but I can see the six hour campaign with 5 multiplayer maps followed by $10 DLC. But I highly doubt we are going to get the solid squad based tactics and character development that made XCom so much fun. Nothing as satisfying as shooting down a UFO in XCom and then picking up dead aliens all over the battlefield or as frustrating as carefully working your squad around a map and then getting one or two soldiers turned into slobbering aliens because the little brain suckers were hiding in the shadows.

racing1750
racing1750

Can't wait for mafia 2. Godfather 2 was such a horrible game!

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

An X-Com FPS - who's interested in THAT?! It might have X-Com on the title, but that's about it! An FPS is an FPS is an FPS.....

themidgethotel
themidgethotel

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brok
brok

I'd only be interested in XCOM if they included the original

Vikingfbm
Vikingfbm

I just watched the XCOM trailer on another site. It looks like a prequel set in the 1950's.

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

When Oh When will we see Max Payne again. Now, I'm starting to doubt if we even will !!!

wrednajasobaka
wrednajasobaka

"...Marin's XCOM transitions the series to the first-person shooter genre." They could have just designed brand new FPS about alien invasion, but no, that would be too simple. They had to name it XCOM, after game that was turn based strategy and had nothing to do with FPS genre. What's next? Civ 5 is going to be adventure game? Idiots.

reiismael
reiismael

Where are the Garret brothers when we need them? We almost had Dreamland Chronicles but squabbles with the publisher caused its demise. I'm taking a wait and see attitude on XCOM before passing judgement.

iceeman
iceeman

come on, take-two and 2k marin, spend your time and money resources on something else. don't make xcom a fps, keep it a strategy game instead. strategy xcom = 100% buy for me fps xcom = 0% buy

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

XCOM FPS? I'll wait for them to give XCOM to Firaxis and bring back the turn-based strategy game. There's enough FPS's already to go around. I'll keep playing XCOM 1 via emulators and XCOM Apocalypse until then. And Civilization 5, too.

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

Great....their innovation to the Xcom franchise is to turn it into a first person shooter. Wow how totally innovative this just hasnt been before.

damo110011
damo110011

eerrrrrrr why ps3 left out on these games except mafia 2 SORT IT OUT 2K your losing my support there are more consoles than just the red ring 360 you know!!!!!!!!!!

shkar
shkar

bring it on baby...

Witchsight
Witchsight

OK, fine. I'll just be over here, watching and waiting with arms crossed slowly shaking my head.

punkpunker
punkpunker

come on, XCOM belongs to strategy games not fps!

valent1n
valent1n

no FPS man, i just want to play X-COM but with some better graphics, and MAYBE some more features in the game (but not too many: look at the other UFO games....).

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

My first thought on X-COM being rebooted was "How can you reboot perfection?" But I've got to realize I think it'll be a great game. It's almost certain to end up being X-COM with a Bioshock style. The same way Fallout 3 was Fallout with an Oblivion style...and it worked. I just hope 2K does the smart thing and orchestrates X-COM 1 & 2 HD remixes for XBLA and PSN. Because let's face it, of all the games getting the "HD remix" treatment, those are two gargantuan yet obscure classics that truly deserve it more than anything.

stevo1987
stevo1987

Sorry 2K Games, but if you turn X-COM into a FPS and kill it for me, I will be forced to boycott every game you make from now to the end of time! Why mess with something that was already perfect! :S

Alex_09
Alex_09

Changing an turn based strategy into an FPS? That makes sense...

kungfuj0
kungfuj0

I'm gonna have to boo the news on XCom. I have never been the type to get off into strategy-type games, but X-Com: UFO Defense was the exception. I loved it, and also Terror from the Deep. Now they want to make it into an FPS. Don't we have ENOUGH FPS's already??? I will take a wait and see approach with this one, but the excitement I had when I heard a new XCom game was in the works is now gone. That's all I can say.

Draconous79
Draconous79

I must admit when i first heard that xcom was being rebooted as a FPS i was very skeptical... but the more i read about it the more interesting it becomes. Apparently it does come with base building (one base) and all of the research and manufacturing from the originals as well as base defense and attack... but all controlled from FPS perspective... This should be awesome if the get the formula right... looking forward to trying it!! :)

omegazx100
omegazx100

im soo looking forward with mafia II im thinking of getting both of them on PS3 & XBOX360

phantom3165
phantom3165

For all those boohooing XCOM why don't you wait and see what this company does I mean come on they did make System Shock 1 and 2 and also Bioshock.

electro57
electro57

If this new XCOM game doesnt follow the original game's formula, it will be an automatic fail.

Tauu
Tauu

When the racing game fad hits, we'll have XCOM Racing. Then when we have a fighting game fad again like the 90's, we'll have... Ethereal vs. XCOM Agent Charles Smith, FIGHT!!! Oh that's right, we're gonna have motion control sports on 360 and PS3 soon... XCOM Sports!

Dante2710
Dante2710

Im looking forward to Mafia 2, hoping its still as good, if not better than the original :D

Deckard2323
Deckard2323

X-Com FPS... how did they ever secured funding to produce it? No, seriously. Somebody at 2k Marin actually had to balls to pitch that idea and then somebody at Take-Two actually said: "Wow guys, great idea. Let's do it!"?????????

kris912
kris912

cant wait for mafia II

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

I still would love to see a true X-Com TURN BASED game on xbox live or as a full disc game

suicidepickles
suicidepickles

This ain't X-COM... I don't want another deus ex, I need the good old strategy game x-com!

laloghost
laloghost

interesting, we need to wait!!

johny300
johny300

I hope mafia 2 doesnt end up having bugs like RDR.

lowerpass
lowerpass

I want to know about the secret project of Irrational games aka 2k Boston. They should have some kind of announcement regarding that project.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

I'm not too keen on an FPS X-com game, but I hope it at least keeps the research/manufacturing/homebase elements. If it's strictly run & gun vs aliens then I'll pass.

Mar044
Mar044

I'm really looking forward to mafia 2, I was a big fan of the first one, and loved the by the book drive, where just because your on a mission doesnt mean you have to throw the street rules out, also kinda looking forward to max payne 3 although i like the normal look not some beefed up dude. as for xcom, never got into te series but may try it out.

Tommz7070
Tommz7070

@blackace wow there Rockstar fanboy. First GTA V, IF its even in the making right now, will not be announced at E3. LA Noir has been pushed back and will not be in the E3 because another project has topped the list. Whether thats Max Payne 3 (which has gotten pushed back as well) or a secret project. Which may very well be GTA V.

epross
epross

Wish it was coming to PS3 as well. I don't get a lot of PC time these days, have to fight my kids for time. At least with the PS3 I can hide in the basement and play.

cybrcatter
cybrcatter

Among these, Civ V is going to get the most chatter once it's demoed. I can't wait for that game :)

blackace
blackace

Where is GTA V & La Noir? I can wait for Max Payne 3. That's not a big deal.

firedrakes
firedrakes

been alot for games being delayed again. like when both console came out