First developer diary for XCOM released

By Stephany Nunneley
22 September 2011 19:58 GMT

2K has released the first developer diary for XCOM, which answers the question: “What is XCOM?”

With the revamp of the series, the developers are planning to “reinvigorate,” it with a “new entry that really adheres to the tenets of what made the original game so special.” The original was a turn-based tactics game, and the revamp is a FPS.

“Our telling of XCOM is an origin story,” said Jonathan Pelling, lead designer, in the video. “It’s about experiencing the origins of this organization from a really zoomed in and boots-on-the-ground perspective,” explains Jonathan Pelling, lead designer. “We really wanted you to feel like what it was like to be one of the squadies in the original game, and not the all-knowing, top-down commander.”

“We’ve taken a lot of the mythos that had previously been established, and sort of re-imagined it, or re-engineered it,” added Morgan Gray, development director. “Like sort of the very small humble roots of the organization before it became this globe-spanning, globally funded anti-alien defense force.”

Watch it below courtesy of BluesNews.

XCOM is expected on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in early March.

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